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abrupt
used in Nine Stories

17 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
Definition
sudden and unexpected
  • He glanced abruptly to his right,
    7 — Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes (30% in)
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
There are no more uses of "abrupt" flagged with this meaning in Nine Stories.

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exact meaning not specified
  • "If you'd rather not discuss this, you don't have to," Nicholson said abruptly, and rather brusquely.
    9 — Teddy (79% in)
  • Abruptly, and rather unpleasantly, he interrupted the Laughing Man with the information that, in the first place, his name wasn't Dark Wing or Black Wing or Gray Legs or any of that business, it was Armand, and, in the second place, he'd never been to China in his life and hadn't the slightest intention of going there.
    4 — The Laughing Man (66% in)
  • Sandra asked abruptly.
    5 — Down at the Dinghy (20% in)
  • Still not looking up, Lionel abruptly seemed called upon to demonstrate his sailing ability.
    5 — Down at the Dinghy (51% in)
  • Abruptly, with nothing special in mind, I came away from the window and put on my raincoat, cashmere muffler, galoshes, woollen gloves, and overseas cap (the last of which, I'm still told, I wore at an angle all my own—slightly down over both ears).
    6 — For Esme:—with Love and Squalor (6% in)
  • She stared back at me, with those house-counting eyes of hers, then, abruptly, gave me a small, qualified smile.
    6 — For Esme:—with Love and Squalor (20% in)
  • She looked up at me abruptly.
    6 — For Esme:—with Love and Squalor (54% in)
  • Then, abruptly, familiarly, and, as usual, with no warning, he thought he felt his mind dislodge itself and teeter, like insecure luggage on an overhead rack.
    6 — For Esme:—with Love and Squalor (64% in)
  • Then, abruptly, he turned toward the girl.
    7 — Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes (73% in)
  • Then, abruptly, I got up and brought over a quantity of my personal notepaper and wrote a second letter to Sister Irma, using the floor as a desk.
    8 — De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period (85% in)
  • Mr. McArdle abruptly propped himself up on one elbow and squashed out his cigarette stub on the glass top of the night table.
    9 — Teddy (9% in)
  • At that point, his father, who had been watching him, abruptly gave up watching him.
    9 — Teddy (23% in)
  • Teddy abruptly took out a small, bullet-shaped, ballpoint pen from the side pocket of his shorts, uncapped it, and began to write.
    9 — Teddy (46% in)
  • It was evident that the young man was now reaching some sort of decision, for he abruptly took his foot down from the railing.
    9 — Teddy (48% in)
  • He sat forward abruptly, tilted his head to the right, and gave his right ear a light clap with his hand.
    9 — Teddy (60% in)
  • He smoked the cigarette down to its end, then abruptly let one foot over the side of the chair, stepped on the cigarette, got to his feet, and made his way, rather quickly, out of the aisle.
    9 — Teddy (98% in)

There are no more uses of "abrupt" in Nine Stories.

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