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preside
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
to be in charge; or to head; or to be the chairperson — especially of a formal meeting or ceremony
  • Although the presiding Genii in such an office as this, exercise a summary and arbitrary power over the liberties, the good name, the character, almost the lives, of Her Majesty's subjects, expecially of the poorer class; and although, within such walls, enough fantastic tricks are daily played to make the angels blind with weeping; they are closed to the public, save through the medium of the daily press.
    Chapter 11 — Treats of Mr. Fang the Police Magistrate; and Furnishes a.... (75% in)
  • ...assemblage of heads, as confused as the noises that greeted the ear, might be made out; and as the eye grew more accustomed to the scene, the spectator gradually became aware of the presence of a numerous company, male and female, crowded round a long table: at the upper end of which, sat a chairman with a hammer of office in his hand; while a professional gentleman with a bluish nose, and his face tied up for the benefit of a toothache, presided at a jingling piano in a remote corner.
    Chapter 26 — In Which a Mysterious Character Appears Upon the Scene.... (22% in)
  • He stood there, in all this glare of living light, with one hand resting on the wooden slab before him, the other held to his ear, and his head thrust forward to enable him to catch with greater distinctness every word that fell from the presiding judge, who was delivering his charge to the jury.
    Chapter 52 — Fagin's Last Night Alive (4% in)

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