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Word: detain

Definition: keep waiting; prevent from leaving or going; N. detention

Sentences Containing 'detain'

'Annie, my dear,' said he, looking at his watch, and filling his glass, 'it is past your cousin jack's time, and we must not detain him, since time and tide--both concerned in this case--wait for no man.
After encountering the humiliating action from the ruler, the British officer order to detain him in the local station.
As I bent forward, she put her tumbler on my knee to detain me, and said: 'Oh, Trot, Trot!
As the water, however, must always be deeper behind the dam-head than before it, so the quantity of gold and silver which these restraints detain in Spain and Portugal, must, in proportion to the annual produce of their land and labour, be greater than what is to be found in other countries.
Beauchamp had not been seen since the day he visited Albert, and those of whom the latter inquired always told him he was out on a journey which would detain him some days.
Between 2001 and 2002 Belmarsh Prison was used to detain a number of people indefinitely "without charge or trial" under the provisions of the Part 4 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, leading it to be called the "British version of Guantanamo Bay".
By early 1776, abuses were noted in the practice, and Congress resolved that only the councils or committees of safety of each colony, and their designees, could henceforth open the mail or detain any letters from the post. When Moses Harris reported that the British had recruited him as a courier for their Secret Service, General Washington proposed that General Schuyler "contrive a means of opening them without breaking the seals, take copies of the contents, and then let them go on.
cried he, with more feeling than politeness; then recollecting himself,``I will not detain you a minute; but let me, or let the servant go after Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner.
District Court magistrates conduct hearings to issue criminal complaints and arrest warrants, and to determine whether there is probable cause to detain persons arrested without a warrant.
French magistrates are allowed to detain people suspected of "conspiracy in relation to terrorism" while gathering evidence.
However, this bill clarifies to Philippines Law Enforcement Agencies to arrest suspected terrorists without warrant and bestows the authority to detain suspects for 3 days.
I also took the opportunity of my holding a candle over the banisters to light them down, when Mr. Micawber was going first, leading Mrs. Micawber, and Traddles was following with the cap, to detain Traddles for a moment on the top of the stairs.
I see you are a thoroughly good fellow, and will detain you no longer.
I will no longer detain you, M. de Villefort, for you must be fatigued after so long a journey; go and rest.
I would have withdrawn, but the Doctor made a gesture to detain me, and I remained.
In 1693, Philadelphia’s court officials gave police legal authority to stop and detain any Negro (freed or slaved) seen wandering around on the streets.
It may be easily believed, that however little of novelty could be added to their fears, hopes, and conjectures, on this interesting subject, by its repeated discussion, no other could detain them from it long, during the whole of the journey.
It would not detain me, he had a coach in waiting.
Just days after the Carrizo Canyon fight, at the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona Territory, a force of soldiers was sent to investigate recent reports of Apache unrest and to detain the medicine man, Nochaydelklinne.
Local authorities started to detain suspects in the case.
Now, I was unwilling to put the direction-card on there, lest any of my landlord's family should fathom what I was doing, and detain me; so I said to the young man that I would be glad if he would stop for a minute, when he came to the dead-wall of the King's Bench prison.
On 26 June the Supreme Court unanimously found that the Presidency had not complied with the 18 June court order, and issued a sealed order to detain President Manuel Zelaya for the purposes of taking a statement.
Previously the police would have to allege assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which was arrestable, in order to detain the suspected assailant in borderline cases.
Say but one affectionate word to me, and tell me there is nothing angry or estranged between us, and I will detain you no longer.''
The Anchorage University Kiwanis Club sells pins and booster buttons dressed as Keystone Cops for the duration of the festival. During the parade the Keystone Cops, or "Rondy Kops," playfully detain attendees in a mobile jail until pins or buttons are purchased in exchange for their release.
The law defines terrorism a crime by describing, "causes widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace" and allows authorities to arrest terror suspects without warrants and temporarily detain them without charges.
The northeast—declared a "special district" – was subject to nearly unfettered government control, including the authority to detain, arrest or forcibly move individuals or groups, as well as confiscate possessions and land.
The prohibition of exportation cannot detain a greater quantity of gold and silver in Spain and Portugal, than what they can afford to employ, than what the annual produce of their land and labour will allow them to employ, in coin, plate, gilding, and other ornaments of gold and silver.
They early introduce us to and detain us in scenery with which otherwise, at that age, we should have little acquaintance.
This consisted of allowing security forces to detain people up to 56 days without trial, confiscating the property of communities allegedly in retaliation for acts of violence, and restricting the right to assembly and movement.
We intended to detain the diplomats for a few days, maybe one week, but no more.
When CTU arrests an American civilian named Joe Prado due to his employment under Marwan, Logan is hesitant to face the political risk of detain Prado without charge.
When they had acquired any booty, they were eager to return home, and his authority was seldom sufficient to detain them.
``Do not detain those gentlemen here, count,''she said;``they would prefer, I should think, to breathe in the garden rather than suffocate here, since they are not playing.''
``I shall detain you until this evening in the Palais de Justice.
``I will not detain you, monsieur,''continued the countess;``I would not have our gratitude become indiscreet or importunate.''
``No; you are, after all, a good companion; I will not detain you, and will try to cure myself of my ambition.''
``Well, I must detain you some time longer, but I will strive to make it as short as possible.
``Well, well, my dear Edmond,''continued the owner,``don't let me detain you.

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