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as in: legal contract Define
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
  • She signed the contract.
  • A lot of people get into trouble by signing contracts they don’t understand.

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  • In rare instances, a consumer can cancel a signed contract during a "cooling off" period, but this is limited to a situation where a door-to-door salesperson dropped in uninvited. In that instance, the "cooling off" period lasts three days.
  • Since the school was so shorthanded, they offered me a one-year contract.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • All our contracts are oral, but we deliver what we promise.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • At the beginning of summer, in a moment of weakness, Flora had made the mistake of signing a contract that said she would "work to turn her face away from the idiotic high jinks of comics and toward the bright light of true literature."
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • S’pose he contracted to do a thing, and you paid him, and didn’t set down there and see that he done it—what did he do?
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Be it known to you that as I made my journey towards your house to perform the contract of marriage between me and your daughter Aravis Tarkheena,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Rob, with his natural grace and ability, was already talking of college scholarships and NBA contracts.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Maybe you haven’t read the latest contracts I sent in.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • ...just like you get contracts to cut wood.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • He broke his contract with the Circle, and he violated our trust.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Well, this here fella’s got a contract to pick them peaches or chop that cotton.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • They signed a contract.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • ...he signed the contract...
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The contract you signed—everything in it still stands.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • My contract expires in June. ... We will stay through July to help welcome the Reverend and Mrs. Minor when they 
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • according to the terms of the contract
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I expect you to do your best to fulfill your part of the contract.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • A contract of true love
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • It did not occur to them to run away once they were in America, for they were honorable people and they had signed the contract.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But I guess the contract we signed is full of loopholes?
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Couldn’t sign a contract because I was underage, and my momma, your grandma, wouldn’t sign for me.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • —Upon a true contract I got possession of Julietta’s bed:
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • It is in my contract.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • This outfit signed a contract for a twenty-five hour week.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Soon the contract between us will be void.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Anyway, this contract cannot be broken.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I might have a shot at a recording contract.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • His grandfather had come from the Punjab in India to work on the railway as a contract labourer.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • "Remember the contract!" her mother shouted.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • He had no intention of ever honoring the contract he agreed to during the Circle Justice meetings.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • After that, I’m under contract through June of next year.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Do not forget the contract!
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • In Circle Justice, you sign a healing contract.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He was a United Nations expert of some sort who hadn’t wanted to go back to India and had stayed on doing odd jobs after his contract had expired.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Those were the exact words of the contract.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • …and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • When he had worked out his contract he had settled on the coast and become a market money-lender, lending twenty or thirty shillings a time to stall-keepers in the market who ran short and depended on these small loans to buy their goods.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • He was talking about the Domain; and for us in the town the Domain had remained only a source of contracts.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • We judged traders by their coups, the contracts they landed, the agencies they picked up.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Cole, would you please tell us why you have broken your contract with the Circle?
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Everyone in uniform has to feel that he has a personal contract with the President.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • What matters is that Cole broke his contract with the Circle, and now it’s time for him to pay.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Sometimes there was a ceremonial coming and going at the barracks—the palace built by the great man of our community, which now had women’s washing hung out in the partitioned verandahs upstairs and downstairs (a Greek had the laundry contract for the soldiers’ uniforms ).
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It was a family restaurant, and it served the short-contract men who were working on various government projects in our region—the Domain, the airport, the water supply system, the hydroelectric station.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • They withdrew my contract.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • He had a way with officials and was good at getting government contracts...
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It’s finally here, and he’s already signed another contract.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
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as in: contract the disease Define
to get -- especially in reference to a disease
  • She contracted an STD (sexually transmitted disease).
  • She contracted AIDS by sharing needles.

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  • ...the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible... It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.
    George Washington (in a letter to his nephew)
  • Here is a secret about my family: My sister contracted the deliria a several months before her scheduled procedure.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • We had to sit so close to other people there wasn’t room to breathe, if you even wanted to, being in the position to contract every kind of a germ there was.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I contracted pleural pneumonia, in that day a killing disease.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But he and the two other men in the apartment had a wonderful blowout, which lasted for five days, and as a result of which the industrious and unlucky one lost his job and the idle and lucky one got too sociable, and, despite his luck, contracted a social disease.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • If you fear that you or someone you know may have contracted deliria, please call the emergency line toll-free at 1-800-PREVENT to discuss immediate intake and treatment.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • In the decades before the development of the cure, the disease had become so virulent and widespread it was extraordinarily rare for a person to reach adulthood without having contracted a significant case of amor deliria nervosa.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • It’s not his fault I’ve changed—seen the light or contracted the deliria, depending on who you ask.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
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as in: the metal contracted Define
when something gets shorter or smaller
  • When it is cold, the bridge contracts and the joints are further apart.
  • The muscle is contracted because of the pain.

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  • an arrhythmic expansion and contraction of my feelings
  • My detention rage contracted into a small, spinning ball.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • His hands are clasped on top of his head and I can see the muscles in his back contracting from labored breaths.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • His face contracts slightly, a tiny shift I can barely make out in the dark, but in that second he looks so still and sad it almost takes my breath away, like he’s a statue, or a different person.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The sun was bright and hot, and I studied the contracting shadows of trees and market stalls and buildings around the square.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The house cracked loudly as the cooler night air contracted the wood.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • his legs contracted up, up into the seat,
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • It had merely become distasteful; not enough to force a decision; not enough to make him clench his fists; just enough to contract his nostrils.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • His stomach contracted.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • ...shadows that jumped and contracted, only to leap up again, making the walls come alive with fantastic etchings appearing and disappearing, growing and receding.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • There was a popping sound and a putrid odor, as her pustules contracted and burst open.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • We were still ten kilometers from the village when my chronic backache spread to a deep, rock-hard contraction across my lower belly, and I understood with horror that I was in labor.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • His face contracted in agony, and sweat streamed down his face.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • Okay, so he’d forgotten you’re is a contraction.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • I realized that it was the first time I had heard anyone made of flesh and blood (as opposed to some cinematic effigy) say "thirty" as a contraction for "thirty thousand."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Alec crouched anxiously alongside, patting the mare reassuringly as another contraction set in.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It is a customary contraction like our ’Co.’
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Another contraction ripped through her, bullets strafing metal.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • When he had talked with me a little, he said to Mrs. Pocket, with a rather anxious contraction of his eyebrows, which were black and handsome, "Belinda, I hope you have welcomed Mr. Pip?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • A contraction hits her, she doubles over.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Milady saw by the contraction of his countenance that the trigger was about to be pulled; she reached her hand quickly to her bosom, drew out a paper, and held it toward Athos.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Behind every steel-like contraction of a muscle, lay another steel-like contraction, and another, and another, apparently without end.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • We went together up the flight of steps, Frith and the footman following with the rug and my mackintosh, and I was aware of a little pain at the pit of my stomach, and a nervous contraction in my throat.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Now, whether a peculiar contraction of the Jew’s red eye-brows, and a half closing of his deeply-set eyes, warned Miss Nancy that she was disposed to be too communicative, is not a matter of much importance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The bitter riots were sparked by King’s assassination, but the fuels that kept them burning were the preexisting conditions: illegal but strictly enforced racial segregation, economic contraction, and an unresponsive political system.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Grant had finally put that one to rest, by demonstrating that many species of birds and reptiles underwent a postmortem contraction of posterior neck ligaments, which bent the head backward in a characteristic way.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He felt the sudden contraction of his mouth, like a slap denying him the right to pursue this course of thought.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Positing what protasis would the contraction for such several schemes become a natural and necessary apodosis?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He writhed in his bonds; a violent contraction of surprise and pain distorted the muscles of his face, but he uttered not a single sigh.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • At seven in the morning on September 13, 1996, exactly a year since the fateful evening at the Fairmont Hotel, Tara felt her first contraction.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • It is redeemed from insignificance only by the contraction of her eyebrows into a near-sighted scowl.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • "Pierre, give me the coffee," she said, addressing Petritsky, whom she called Pierre as a contraction of his surname, making no secret of her relations with him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Her effort to bring tears into her eyes issued in an odd contraction of her face.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The name was a contraction of his given one, Oscar.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • "Yes, it is I," said the count, whom a frightful contraction of the lips prevented from articulating freely.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Do not dismiss me so soon, mademoiselle!" she said with an involuntary contraction of her fine black eyebrows.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Another contraction begins, more violent than the last.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Jarred awake, I stared into the dark, realizing I’d experienced the more or less normal muscular contraction known as the myoclonic jerk.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Her complexion was sallow; and her features small, without beauty, and naturally without expression; but a lucky contraction of the brow had rescued her countenance from the disgrace of insipidity, by giving it the strong characters of pride and ill nature.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that as ordinary fish possess what is called a swimming bladder in them, capable, at will, of distension or contraction; and as the Sperm Whale, as far as I know, has no such provision in him; considering, too, the otherwise inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelope;…
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • His going, though only eight miles, will be an unwelcome contraction of our family circle; but I should have been deeply mortified if any son of mine could reconcile himself to doing less.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Such an act That blurs the grace and blush of modesty; Calls virtue hypocrite; takes off the rose From the fair forehead of an innocent love, And sets a blister there; makes marriage-vows As false as dicers’ oaths: O, such a deed As from the body of contraction plucks The very soul, and sweet religion makes A rhapsody of words: heaven’s face doth glow; Yea, this solidity and compound mass, With tristful visage, as against the doom, Is thought-sick at the act.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • At home he would have said, "You didn’t …" Now he avoided the contraction, speaking in the more formal style often used by those to whom English is a second tongue.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • "No," said Clyde, a little irritated by this, his eyebrows and the skin of his forehead rising and falling as he talked—a form of contraction and expansion that went on involuntarily whenever he was nervous or thought deeply.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …devilish glut, chained thunderbolts and hail Of iron globes; which, on the victor host Levelled, with such impetuous fury smote, That, whom they hit, none on their feet might stand, Though standing else as rocks, but down they fell By thousands, Angel on Arch-Angel rolled; The sooner for their arms; unarmed, they might Have easily, as Spirits, evaded swift By quick contraction or remove; but now Foul dissipation followed, and forced rout; Nor served it to relax their serried files.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Oak stood somewhat as Eros is represented when in the act of sharpening his arrows: his figure slightly bent, the weight of his body thrown over on the shears, and his head balanced side-ways, with a critical compression of the lips and contraction of the eyelids to crown the attitude.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But Madame Merle’s expansive presence underwent no contraction.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • We will even keep the woman and the child if you wish; they can stay here and Clytie will ….’ watching him, staring at him yet not moving, immobile, erect, her hands folded motionless on her lap, hardly breathing as if be were some wild bird or beast which might take flight at the expansion and contraction of her nostrils or the movement of her breast ’No: I. I will.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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  • Fancy a court for enforcing a contract of passion or sentiment!
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • They traveled until sundown, and then unharnessed the carts, drew them up in a contracted circle, and tied the oxen to the wheels.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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  • How many girls do you think have sat in these chairs to write their contracts?
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Mama washed my feet and rubbed them with alum, to contract the tissue and limit the inevitable secretions of blood and pus.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Contracted tuberculosis winter ’43.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Dart felt his skin contract.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • I cannot contract into the firm fist which those clench who do not depend on stimulus.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • And okay, fair enough, but there is this unwritten contract between author and reader and I think not ending your book kind of violates that contract.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • For a moment her heart contracted as she thought of Hodge, who had all but lived in this room.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Clary felt her heart contract.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes

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  • She was shivering, had been shivering so long that her whole body seemed to have contracted into a single hard shudder of cold.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The memory of that night, how happy she’d been, made her heart contract for a moment, and she had to stop and regain her breath.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • He winks at me, and I feel the muscles around my eye contracting as he does, though I didn’t tell them to.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Even the rookie quarterback contracts now included huge guarantees.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Then she contracted a sexually transmitted disease from him, and she decided she’d had enough.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • Her heart pounded, and she almost threw up—her stomach contracted and turned over, and she felt a gag reflex in her throat.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The bagels had begun as a casual gesture: a boss treating his employees whenever they won a research contract.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • They make your parents sign a contract giving the government full custody over you.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • When I came back and was about to sign the papers, he told me I had to turn down the signing bonus if I wanted to make sure I got the SEAL contract.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • 9 Laws that violate private contracts and injure citizens of a State are another source of hostility.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • This is the same as saying that a party to a contract has a right to revoke that contract.
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  • Then after he and Mom took some time off to travel, Daddy came to work for us at Duck Commander, working with budgets and contracts.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • He may be in the stands reading over a contract, but he is there.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • My biceps were still almost fully contracted from what I had subjected them to in that contest.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Disney began to seek government contracts — and those contracts were soon responsible for 90 percent of his studio’s output.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • In the wedding registry of Alton, New Hampshire, they remained married, their contract a legal if desiccated thing.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Later, the boxes will be used to hold the rings for the Marriage Contract.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Sellswords break their contracts all the time.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Are you aware that the Golden Company has broken its contract with Myr?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • I had heard the Golden Company was under contract with one of the Free Cities.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • He hesitated and added, the muscles of his face contracting whitely: "The dogs were licking at her."
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Look, I know were not contracted on this, but ….
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • In the current security and political situation the Glatun Federation would not permit such legally binding contracts.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • We should have the contract drawn up by the end of the week.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Within a month, the duchess contracted a throat disease.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It was like being electrified—Jace felt the pain through his entire body, his muscles contracting, his back arcing off the ground.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • At the time of the sun flares, Alec had been a contract worker for the defense department.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • They get kickbacks on government contracts from friends or the companies they award them to.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Like I said, it contracted normally.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I want to try to manually reduce it, and if we’re lucky, it’ll contract back in on its own.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • It means to render something null and void, usually a contract.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • My lungs contract so hard I can’t even begin to think about taking a breath.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She held her breath until her control panel kicked in and forced her lungs to contract.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I know we never had, you know, a formal contract or anything, but I wanted to look after you.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • My contracting memory terrified me.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She rubbed the hilt, her fingers contracting on the cool surface.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • I really like that expression because in general, I think people don’t give this contracting muscle credit for how much work it does.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Dougal had disappeared there after the conclusion of his business with me, presumably to firm up arrangements with the other contracting party.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I could say that my field of vision contracted to a single dark spot, then disappeared altogether, leaving not darkness, but a bright void.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Reading his thoughts, she said, —I work with employment contracts, all the contractor salaries.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
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