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prevent
used in The Remains of the Day

8 uses
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Definition
to stop (something from happening)
  • There really is little the likes of us can ever do to prevent these things.
    3e — Day 3 - Evening (23% in)
  • This 'staff' he referred to was, of course, nothing more than the skeleton team of six kept on by Lord Darlington's relatives to administer to the house up to and throughout the transactions; and I regret to report that once the purchase had been completed, there was little I could do for Mr Farraday to prevent all but Mrs Clements leaving for other employment.
    Prologue (19% in)
  • I fear, however, that in my anxiety to win the support of Mrs Clements and the girls, I did not perhaps assess quite as stringently my own limitations; and although my experience and customary caution in such matters prevented my giving myself more than I could actually carry out, I was perhaps negligent over this question of allowing myself a margin.
    Prologue (37% in)
  • I referred his valet to Miss Kenton, but this did not prevent M. Dupont snapping his fingers at me every few hours to say: "Butler!
    2m — Day 2 - Morning (70% in)
  • At this point, I can see a dozen or so such figures, but the strong lights and shades created by the low-hanging branches prevent me from making any of them out clearly and I have had to forgo the small game I had been anticipating of guessing which of these fishermen is the Colonel at whose house I have just received such useful assistance.
    2a — Day 2 - Afternoon (63% in)
  • I can only say now that in all honesty I fail to see how I might reasonably have prevented the situation developing as it did; for by the stage I had become aware of what was occurring, things had gone so far I could not have enlightened these people without creating much embarrassment all round.
    3e — Day 3 - Evening (85% in)
  • And now, as I sit here in Little Compton, here in the dining room of this pleasant hotel with a little time on my hands, watching the rain splashing on the pavements of the village square outside, I am unable to prevent my mind from continuing to wander along these same tracks.
    4a — Day 4 - Afternoon (30% in)
  • But Mr Cardinal's columns did not prevent him being a frequent visitor at the house; indeed, his lordship never forgot that the young man was his godson and always treated him as kin.
    4a — Day 4 - Afternoon (36% in)

There are no more uses of "prevent" in The Remains of the Day.

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