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principal
used in Nineteen Minutes

27 uses
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Definition
most important; or person who is most important
The exact meaning of principal can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "the principal idea" or "the principal performer" — the most important
  • "the principal of the school" — the person in charge
  • "a principal of a company" — an owner or person with controlling authority
  • "the principal in a transaction" (as contrasted to the agent) — the person on whose behalf an agent acts
  • She trusted all the grown-ups and teachers and principals to keep her safe.
    Part 1 (7% in)
  • Principal's office?
    Part 1 (13% in)
  • Patrick turned to the principal, Arthur McAllister, who'd agreed to accompany them for identification.
    Part 1 (16% in)
  • 'Kaitlyn Harvey,' the principal said, his voice haunted.
    Part 1 (16% in)
  • The principal did not just identify the bodies; he also gave a little one-or two-sentence eulogy each time.
    Part 1 (16% in)
  • 'Ben's an Eagle Scout,' the principal said.
    Part 1 (16% in)
  • Patrick turned to the principal.
    Part 1 (16% in)
  • As they left the classroom, Ben grasped the principal's sleeve, leaving a bright red handprint behind.
    Part 1 (16% in)
  • Josie got sent to the principal's office.
    Part 1 (20% in)
  • When we see it, we immediately send the child to the principal.
    Part 1 (21% in)
  • Friends who did not get her called to the principal's office and who placed rifles in her hand.
    Part 1 (24% in)
  • Min Horuka, an exchange student from Tokyo who'd gotten drunk last year out on the ropes course behind the track and then peed into the open window of the principal's car.
    Part 1 (29% in)
  • She had the principal look at the paper and everything.
    Part 1 (32% in)
  • In the media center, where the middle school students had been herded, the principal told them what he knew: two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center.
    Part 1 (42% in)
  • Ervin Peabody sat in the front of the room, beside the police chief and the principal of Sterling High.
    Part 1 (49% in)
  • Ervin glanced at the police chief, the principal.
    Part 1 (49% in)
  • 'We're hoping to finish out the year in a different location,' the principal added.
    Part 1 (49% in)
  • In a fit of high school irony, the principal of Sterling High had placed the Bible Study Club next door to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance.
    Part 1 (52% in)
  • She didn't know how the superintendent and the principal expected everyone to act-and they would all be doing that: acting-because to feel anything real would be devastating.
    Part 1 (53% in)
  • In front of the school's main doors stood the principal and a line of parents, calling out the names of students and encouraging them as they walked inside.
    Part 1 (54% in)
  • The principal got on the loudspeaker during homeroom and welcomed everyone back to Sterling High, even if it wasn't Sterling High.
    Part 1 (55% in)
  • My brother,' he said, 'my brother, the captain of the baseball team; my brother who placed first in the state in a French competition; my brother who was friends with the principal; my brother, my fabulous brother, used to drop me off a half mile away from the gates of the high school so that he didn't have to be seen driving all the way in with me.
    Part 1 (55% in)
  • Two days after Peter's arraignment in superior court, Selena sat down with the principal of Sterling High in his modified elementary school office.
    Part 1 (81% in)
  • Are you two done,' he barked, 'or do we need to go see the principal?
    Part 1 (97% in)
  • We heard these little pops, like lots of champagne bottles, and Mrs. Whyte grabbed me and dragged me into the principal's office.
    Part 2 (43% in)
  • This was seen by a teacher, who brought both boys to the principal's office for detention.
    Part 2 (61% in)
  • When Peter started shooting at Sterling High, did he go into the principal's office?
    Part 2 (69% in)

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