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compose
used in Middlemarch

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1  —1 use as in:
keep your composure
Definition
to calm someone or settle something
  • "I should think you were an uncommonly fast young lady," said Fred, eating his toast with the utmost composure.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (82% in)

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  • When the little lady had trotted away on her mission, Dorothea stood in the middle of the library with her hands falling clasped before her, making no attempt to compose herself in an attitude of dignified unconsciousness.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (77% in)
  • She was an image of sorrow, and her uncle who met her in the hall would have been alarmed, if Celia had not been close to her looking so pretty and composed, that he at once concluded Dorothea's tears to have their origin in her excessive religiousness.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (27% in)
  • ...bodies, fundamentally considered, are not associations of organs which can be understood by studying them first apart, and then as it were federally; but must be regarded as consisting of certain primary webs or tissues, out of which the various organs—brain, heart, lungs, and so on—are compacted, as the various accommodations of a house are built up in various proportions of wood, iron, stone, brick, zinc, and the rest, each material having its peculiar composition and proportions.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (25% in)
  • "Let me give you some cordial," she said, quietly, "and try to compose yourself.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (99% in)

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