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Word: detain

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


Sentences Containing 'detain'

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.''
It would not detain me, he had a coach in waiting.
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.
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.
They early introduce us to and detain us in scenery with which otherwise, at that age, we should have little acquaintance.
``Well, well, my dear Edmond,''continued the owner,``don't let me detain you.
I see you are a thoroughly good fellow, and will detain you no longer.
``Well, I must detain you some time longer, but I will strive to make it as short as possible.
``I shall detain you until this evening in the Palais de Justice.
I will no longer detain you, M. de Villefort, for you must be fatigued after so long a journey; go and rest.
``I will not detain you, monsieur,''continued the countess;``I would not have our gratitude become indiscreet or importunate.''
``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.''
``No; you are, after all, a good companion; I will not detain you, and will try to cure myself of my ambition.''
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.
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.
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.
When they had acquired any booty, they were eager to return home, and his authority was seldom sufficient to detain them.
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.
'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.
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.
As I bent forward, she put her tumbler on my knee to detain me, and said: 'Oh, Trot, Trot!
I would have withdrawn, but the Doctor made a gesture to detain me, and I remained.

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