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suppress
used in Catch-22

3 uses
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Definition
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
  • Yossarian suppressed a smile.
    Chapter 27 — Nurse Duckett (70% in)
  • 'I don't want it,' Corporal Whitcomb snapped again, and stalked out with an angry face, suppressing a smile of great jubilation at having forged a powerful new alliance with the C.I.D. man and at having succeeded again in convincing the chaplain that he was really displeased.
    Chapter 20 — Corporal Whitcomb (95% in)
  • Colonel Korn's thick, dark jowls inflated unexpectedly with a suppressed guffaw, and it took him a moment to reply.
    Chapter 36 — The Cellar (94% in)

There are no more uses of "suppress" in Catch-22.

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