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principal
used in The Glass Castle

15 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
  • I was in the first grade, and my teacher, Miss Cook, always chose me to read aloud when the principal came into the classroom.
    p. 44.9
  • A couple of weeks earlier, Miss Page had gotten the ax when the principal caught her toting a loaded rifle down the school hall.
    p. 73.3
  • Part of the problem was that the other teachers and the principal, Miss Beatty, thought Mom was a terrible teacher.
    p. 74.3
  • Although we lived outside the district, Mom begged and cajoled the principal until he allowed us to enroll.
    p. 95.1
  • She marched confidently into the principal's office with us in tow and informed him that he would have the pleasure of enrolling two of the brightest, most creative children in America in his school.
    p. 136.1
  • The principal looked at Mom over his black-rimmed glasses but remained seated behind his desk.
    p. 136.2
  • The principal looked at Brian and me, with our unwashed hair and our thin desert clothes.
    p. 136.4
  • "She doesn't understand your accent," Mom told the principal.
    p. 136.6
  • The principal looked at me blankly.
    p. 136.8
  • The principal asked me a few more questions I couldn't understand.
    p. 136.8
  • The principal decided that Brian and I were both a bit slow and had speech impediments that made it difficult for others to understand us.
    p. 136.9
  • Since we still had no car, the school's principal arranged for Mom to get a ride with another teacher, Lucy Jo Rose, who had just graduated from Bluefield State College and was so fat she could barely squeeze behind the steering wheel of her brown Dodge Dart.
    p. 196.3
  • Lucy Jo, whom the principal had more or less ordered to perform this service, took an instant dislike to Mom.
    p. 196.4
  • The remedial reading program was going to lose its funding, and the principal would be either furious or just plain disgusted.
    p. 207.8
  • The next day Mr. Jack, the principal, introduced Chuck Yeager during assembly in the auditorium.
    p. 233.7

There are no more uses of "principal" in The Glass Castle.

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