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  • protracted negotiations
  • bring an end to the protracted war between the countries
  • suffered protracted hiccups for almost a year
  • Let’s not needlessly protract this conflict.

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  • The first labor is usually protracted.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • "The movie was about a woman who kills her husband and kids, and during the Q&A we find out this director’s involved in this protracted custody battle with her own ex-husband.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I was undecided whether to attempt a retreat or whether to stand my ground in the hopes that my internal orchestra would exhaust itself; but the orchestra showed that it was still full of vim and vigor by producing a new and protracted rumble, of earth-shaking proportions.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Like most others in the camp, the doctor himself seemed caught in a state of increasing agitation, the protracted stretch of waiting and inaction and ennui causing flares of anxiety and disruption.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • All her classmates are complaining about it—Brontes protracted digressions about human nature, the subplots about Jane’s friends at Lowood School, the long-winded, "unrealistic" dialogue.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The pilot would do a protracted series of banks and head back to the Show-Me State to land.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • I propose a toast to the slow, protracted, agonizing death of the Senator from Mississippi, Mushmouth Bilbo.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I did not tell the doctor of my decision-that my death should not be a slow and protracted one as it would be in the course of nature.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • She recalled his long sad and severe look at those words and understood the meaning of the rebuke and despair in that protracted gaze.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He cunningly conjectured they were staying away in order to avoid hearing his protracted blessing.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Another pause, more protracted, and then — "Without Harry Potter?" breathed the second voice softly.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • This was Mr. Cruncher’s conclusion after a protracted but vain endeavour to find a better one.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He took a drag and launched immediately into a protracted coughing fit that had Gholam smirking and pounding him on the back.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The matter must have been greatly protracted, and they are holding an evening session.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’But I also know,’ pursued the old gentleman, ’the misery, the slow torture, the protracted anguish of that ill-assorted union.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The general’s shattered hip—and all of the ensuing complications, the pneumonia, blood poisoning, the protracted stay at the nursing home—ended Khala Jamila’s long-running soliloquies about her own health.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The battle was now entirely terminated with the exception of the protracted struggle between "Le Renard Subtil" and "Le Gros Serpent."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Nor would they go through the formal and protracted courtships which good manners had prescribed before the war.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • CHAPTER VI Discovery Mr. and Mrs. Shelby, after their protracted discussion of the night before, did not readily sink to repose, and, in consequence, slept somewhat later than usual, the ensuing morning.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I could see how heavily this protracted imprisonment was weighing on him.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • As we came towards the Calabash Wood, we could hear the voices of the deserted mother and child calling us in anxious tones; for indeed our protracted absence alarmed them.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The gray, despairing weariness of protracted maneuvers and combat did not touch him.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • If the enterprise were as heroic and commanding as it is protracted and unwearied!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I confess I should prefer a quick, painless exit to the protracted and messy affair it will be if, for instance, Greyback is involved — I hear Voldemort has recruited him?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Business now began, the day’s Collect was repeated, then certain texts of Scripture were said, and to these succeeded a protracted reading of chapters in the Bible, which lasted an hour.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • There was a protracted silence, then a multiple hissing of voices: "A Bene Gesserit witch!"
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • She, Harry and Ron watched George projectile-vomit into the bucket, gulp down the rest of the chew and straighten up, beaming with his arms wide to protracted applause.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • If thy beauty despises me, if thy worth is not for me, if thy scorn is my affliction, though I be sufficiently long-suffering, hardly shall I endure this anxiety, which, besides being oppressive, is protracted.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The major recovered himself, and resumed his usual calm manner, at the same time casting his eyes down, either to give himself time to compose his countenance, or to assist his imagination, all the while giving an under-look at the count, the protracted smile on whose lips still announced the same polite curiosity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His two dogs were missing, and he well knew that they had served as a course in the protracted meal which had begun days before with Fatty, the last course of which would likely be himself in the days to follow.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • It could be protracted no longer.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • When I had arrived at this point and had become as well acquainted with the theory and practice of natural philosophy as depended on the lessons of any of the professors at Ingolstadt, my residence there being no longer conducive to my improvements, I thought of returning to my friends and my native town, when an incident happened that protracted my stay.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Archer paused again, and their eyes met in another protracted scrutiny.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He smiled but looked off into the distance, as if beginning a protracted, scholarly study of the neighborhood.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • That night she was visited by Mrs. Hale, whose chatter and protracted stay made it impossible to dwell upon her predicament or the fortune of the day.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • ’I will not,’ said Mrs. Micawber, finishing her punch, and gathering her scarf about her shoulders, preparatory to her withdrawal to my bedroom: ’I will not protract these remarks on the subject of Mr. Micawber’s pecuniary affairs.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Within this protracted struggle, the turning point appears to have been reached in Book XII, when the leading Greeks— Agamemnon, Menelaos, Odysseus, and Diomedes—have been wounded and Hektor breaks through the wall thrown up to protect the Greek ships and is opposed only by Aias.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Sugar-Boy worked through the back streets, while behind us we could still hear the roaring and shouting and the protracted blatting of automobile horns.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Unfortunately there remained to them a host of failings, but at least (from among many illustrations) they never mistook a protracted amiability for the whole conduct of life, they never again regarded any human being, from a prince to a servant, as a mechanical object.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Once, in 1887, after a protracted performance of charades in the house of Luke Doyle, Kimmage, he had awaited with patience the apparition of the diurnal phenomenon, seated on a wall, his gaze turned in the direction of Mizrach, the east.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They had just returned from the protracted horrors of one of the deadliest and most intense battles in history, where heroes around them had acted with unimaginable bravery, suffered, and died almost by the minute.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Nor does it unfrequently occur, that Nantucket captains will send a son of such tender age away from them, for a protracted three or four years’ voyage in some other ship than their own; so that their first knowledge of a whaleman’s career shall be unenervated by any chance display of a father’s natural but untimely partiality, or undue apprehensiveness and concern.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I protracted my visit as long as possible, and, while I maintained a most animated discussion with the Minister upon a topic which I knew well had never failed to interest and excite him, I kept my attention really riveted upon the letter.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • He therefore journeyed at a great rate, and made short halts, and shorter repasts, so that he passed by Cedric and Athelstane who had several hours the start of him, but who had been delayed by their protracted feasting at the convent of Saint Withold’s.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Education was now much more thorough and much more protracted.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Comparable are the protracted lives of the Hebrew patriarchs: Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years, Seth nine hundred and twelve, Enos nine hundred and five, etc., etc.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
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