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  • Maybe one of the last few will break it open, but even that seems—

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Thus, through the three months in which the English Army and Independents were waxing more and more indignant at the Treaty with the King at Newport, and determining to break it down, and to bring the King to trial for his life with or without the concurrency of Parliament, Cromwell, as we said, was away from the immediate scene of action.

    The Life of John Milton

  • The mammoth was tearing out swaths of grass, herbs, and sedge with his trunk and stuffing the tough, dry fodder into his mouth to break it down with efficient rasplike grinders.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • It did not have a well-defined crystal structure, and he could break it easily in any direction, homogeneously.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • "You may as well open the door, Mr. Hell-cat, for I'll come in if I have to break it down."

    Master William Mitten: or, A Youth of Brilliant Talents, Who Was Ruined by Bad Luck

  • We were to form a line and march to the front gate of the prison with a sledge hammer, and break it open, and if we should be discovered, and there should be any out-cry, we were all to run and raise the alarm of fire, so as to avoid detection.

    Narrative of the Life and Adventures of an American Slave Written by Himself

  • We tried to break it up with Thai food prepared in our kitchen on a few occasions, and invited Colonel Rachain over to sample our first attempt.

    Thud Ridge

  • He will in a short time introduce such dissentions into the Commission as to break it up.

    Robert Morris

  • We examine by electron microscope, infrared scanner, spectroscope, even digitally break it down to sound waves and look for noise.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • And if we start breaking it down into reasonably small pieces, we're likely to have one decide on the short transformation subchain and go off at any time; pure chance gave us a concentration to begin with that eliminated the shorter chains, but we can't break it down into small lots and those into smaller lots, and so on.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

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