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used in Oliver Twist

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to not do something
  • Notwithstanding the evidently useless nature of their search, they did not desist until the coming on of night rendered its further prosecution hopeless; and even then, they gave it up with reluctance.
    Chapter 35 — Containing the Unsatisfactory Result of Oliver's Adventure.... (25% in)
desist = to not do something
  • When he began to undo the chain, the legs desisted, and a voice began.
    Chapter 5 — Oliver Mingles with New Associates. Going to a Funeral.... (10% in)

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