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contract
used in The Mill on the Floss

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the metal contracted
Definition
when something gets shorter or smaller
  • Her effort to bring tears into her eyes issued in an odd contraction of her face.
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (45% in)

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  • Having made up his mind on that point, he strode along without swerving, contracting some rather saturnine sternness, as a young man is likely to do who has a premature call upon him for self-reliance.
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (9% in)
  • I am afraid he hated Mrs. Stelling, and contracted a lasting dislike to pale blond ringlets and broad plaits, as directly associated with haughtiness of manner, and a frequent reference to other people's "duty."
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (58% in)
  • Mr. Glegg, who had contracted a cautious liking for Tom ever since his spirited and sensible behavior when the execution was in the house, was now warming into a resolution to further his prospects actively,—some time, when an opportunity offered of doing so in a prudent manner, without ultimate loss; but Mrs. Glegg observed that she was not given to speak without book, as some people were; that those who said least were most likely to find their words made good; and that when the...
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (13% in)
  • Dr. Kenn, having great natural firmness, began, in the presence of this opposition, as every firm man would have done, to contract a certain strength of determination over and above what would have been called forth by the end in view.
    7.4 -- Book 7 Chapter 4 -- Maggie and Lucy (35% in)

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