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contract
used in Turtles All the Way Down

3 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
legal contract
Definition
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
  • From what I could gather, the company had bribed a bunch of state officials in exchange for contracts to build a better sewer overflow system in Indianapolis.
    p. 62.4
contracts = agreements
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Pickett Engineering had gotten the initial contract, but they'd never finished the work, and it had gone way over budget, so the government pulled the contract from Pickett's company and allowed anyone to bid on finishing the project.
    p. 62.7
  • contract = legal agreement to provide something
  • Pickett Engineering had gotten the initial contract, but they'd never finished the work, and it had gone way over budget, so the government pulled the contract from Pickett's company and allowed anyone to bid on finishing the project.
    p. 62.8
  • contract = legal agreement to provide something
  • And then, even though they'd done a terrible job the first time, Pickett Engineering won the new contract—apparently by bribing state officials.
    p. 62.9
contract = legal agreement to provide something
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2  —1 use as in:
contract the disease
Definition
to get — especially in reference to a disease
  • I could tell she wanted me to ask her about something, but I couldn't tell what, because my stomach wouldn't shut up, which was forcing me deep inside a worry that I'd somehow contracted a parasitic infection.
    p. 4.4
contracted = got (a disease)
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3  —1 use as in:
the metal contracted
Definition
when something gets shorter or smaller
  • I contracted my face into a smile and nodded.
    p. 99.1
contracted = pulled back
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