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used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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having mixed feelings about something — such as when part of you wants to do something and part of you does not
  • Grandmother suffered ambivalent feelings every Fourth of July; she was patriotic enough to stand on her doorstep waving a small American flag—the flag itself was not any larger than the palm of her hand—but at the same time, she frowned upon all the ruckus; she frequently reprimanded the children who rode their bicycles across her lawn, and she shouted at the dogs to stop their fool barking.
    p. 585.1

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