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prevent
used in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

11 uses
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Definition
to stop (something from happening)
  • The dog is let loose at night to prevent him from endeavouring to communicate with her.
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (83% in)
  • We are but preventing her from injuring another.
    Adventure I — A Scandal in Bohemia (78% in)
  • But this time I was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to prevent?
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (27% in)
  • Now her marriage would mean, of course, the loss of a hundred a year, so what does her stepfather do to prevent it?
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (84% in)
  • The thing to do was clearly to bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to come.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (89% in)
  • It took all my self-control to prevent me from breaking out into a cry of astonishment.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (15% in)
  • I gave a cry of surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from coming up to me.
    Adventure VI — The Man with the Twisted Lip (95% in)
  • "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its place, I think that there is good...
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (42% in)
  • We are only just in time to prevent some subtle and horrible crime.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (79% in)
  • It is always a joy to meet an American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (91% in)
  • Is it not possible that his wife is a lunatic, that he desires to keep the matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an outbreak?
    Adventure XII — The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (29% in)

There are no more uses of "prevent" in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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