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They flew to Paris on a whim.
  a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
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whim whims
Strongly Associated with:   whimsical
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  • They flew to Paris on a whim.
  • This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
    James Reston
  • A schedule defends from chaos and whim.
    Annie Dillard
  • Therefore it cannot be destroyed by the whim of one.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem

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  • Say he got to depend on your whim.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • It is an airy and comfortable room as any one need wish, and, of course, I would not be so silly as to make him uncomfortable just for a whim.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • If you want to be free of him, then why go along with his every whim?
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I’m pretty sure Lindsay wrote it on a whim—four measly letters, stupid, meaningless—probably to test out a new marker and see how much ink it had.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • On a whim, he called out to her with his mind.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • All day long, I’m subject to the whims of a five-year-old and a twelve-year-old and a woman who can barely speak English.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • To Amy, it was a punishing whim on my part, a nasty, selfish twist of the knife.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • We were halfway through our trip, and on a whim we drove out to Springs, a hamlet near East Hampton on Long Island.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • His absence made the palace warmer, and now that he was home, we were all subject to his whims again.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • These men had the power not only to end our visits but to lock me up in solitary on a whim; my word against theirs would count for little.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The fact remains that, unless outright starvation sweeps the land, the nomadic winter wolf bands, moving at the whim of the equally nomadic caribou herds, somehow manage to avoid treading on one another’s toes.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Finally, on a whim, I went to the back door of the nearby inn and spent my final penny on a mug of strong beer.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And if some keenly sick man could have committed the act in a flash, for reason of mere possibility or nihilistic whim or curiosity, a man like me would have done so for the avoidance of a future day, whose complications—whether happy or not—might simply overwhelm.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • There’s no doubt that he could snap my wrist at the slightest whim.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • It was a reminder that much bigger things were happening in the world, and Cinder’s yearning for freedom and Pearl’s taunts and Adri’s whims and even Kai’s flirting with her did not fit into that bigger picture.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I had booked a cheap flight to Australia on a whim, and was trying to find someone who might come with me.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The stories say I chased her on a whim, that she was just another pretty dress.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She married him on a whim, two months later.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • She always carried the fear that she could he sent hack on a whim, even though repatriation had long been over.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • It didn’t make him invincible to the whims of the Nazi occupiers, but it made him a lot less vulnerable than he had been when he was unemployed.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • This looks like the kind of place where an unexpected exotic animal might appear—the illegal kind that people buy on a whim in the back rooms of pet stores, but then later set free in an alley because they can’t control the razor-sharp claws or the eating demands.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • If there is one thing she hates most about being in the foster care system, it’s this dependence on people you barely know, your vulnerability to their whims.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • And on the face of it, with the world the way it is now, with planes and computers and cars with brains and comfort-controlled environments and every single whim catered to by technology—with all of that, all that we have become—it doesn’t somehow seem possible to do something so basic and elemental.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • The role of a national museum is to operate above the whims and fashions of collectors, to safeguard for future generations the—
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I can change on a whim and be so many different girls and none of them has to be me.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • On a whim, he had once traveled to Florida with a group of friends, bought the boat which Humphrey Bogart captained in the film The African Queen, and brought it back to Yamacraw Island, where it survived a year then rotted slowly into oblivion.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • If he had these kids following his every whim and order, it had to be because he was a good guy, right?
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Some romantic whim of mine prompted me irresistibly to ask if she had fallen that swiftly in love.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • On a whim, I decided to check it out.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • To take responsibility for the welfare of others made me feel less victimized by the whims of whatever impossible fate had brought me here, and I was grateful to Colum for suggesting it.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • We change plans, go to plan B, interrupt conversations, go back on promises depending on his moods, his whims, his needs.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • It was clear that most of the work was being done by the humans, while the vampires strolled around the place or spent time with one another, a human or two trailing behind them, ready to cater to their slightest whim.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Nobody was going to be opening that package on a whim.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I do not wish to be put out like the cat whenever some majority feels the whim.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • My life is dictated by the whims of my parents and where they want to send my sister.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • I regret that I cannot indulge your childish whims, but I refuse to pity you in the manner to which you are well accustomed.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Just for a whim of his own, goodness only knows why, he leaves me and locks me up alone in the country.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Dreams owned his consciousness, twisting and directing it to their whims.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The others were the satisfaction of my whims: and for Edgar’s sake, too, to satisfy him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Poor whims of fancy, tender and un-harsh.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • By then his cider, which he had apparently expected to dole out according to his own governing whim, was disappearing.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Such whims are only impressive as we originate them, I think; they are not to be communicated.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • As a matter of fact, he had no such facilities — he had no comfortable family standing behind him, and he was liable at the whim of an impersonal government to be blown anywhere about the world.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It was not as if the draftsman had sat over them, pondering laboriously, piecing together doors, windows and columns, as his whim dictated and as the books prescribed.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • You remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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