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At call, ∨ On call

  • liable to be demanded at any moment without previous notice; as money on deposit.
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bell-like call

  • noun a birdcall that resembles the tone of a bell
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Bifilar micrometer (often called a bifilar

  • ), an instrument form measuring minute distances or angles by means of two very minute threads (usually spider lines), one of which, at least, is movable; more commonly called a filar micrometer.
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bugle call

  • noun a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle
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call at

  • verb enter a harbor
    out in.
    • the ship called in Athens
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call attention

  • verb point out carefully and clearly
    signalise; signalize; point out.
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call back

  • verb cause to be returned
    recall; withdraw; call back.
    • recall the defective auto tires
    • The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt
  • verb recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
    retrieve; remember; recall; recollect; call back; think.
    • I can't remember saying any such thing
    • I can't think what her last name was
    • can you remember her phone number?
    • Do you remember that he once loved you?
    • call up memories
  • verb return or repeat a telephone call
    • I am busy right now--can you call back in an hour?
    • She left a message but the contractor never called back
  • verb summon to return
    recall.
    • The ambassador was recalled to his country
    • The company called back many of the workers it had laid off during the recession
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Call bird

  • a bird taught to allure others into a snare.
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call box

  • noun booth for using a telephone
    phone booth; telephone kiosk; telephone booth; telephone box.
  • noun a numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for
    letter box; Post-Office box; POB; PO Box.
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Call boy

  • (a) A boy who calls the actors in a theater; a boy who transmits the orders of the captain of a vessel to the engineer, helmsman, etc. (b) A waiting boy who answers a cal, or cames at the ringing of a bell; a bell boy.
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call center

  • noun a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)
    call center.
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call centre

  • noun a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)
    call center.
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call down

  • verb summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    arouse; raise; invoke; conjure up; bring up; call down; evoke; put forward; stir; conjure.
    • raise the specter of unemployment
    • he conjured wild birds in the air
    • call down the spirits from the mountain
  • verb censure severely or angrily
    rag; dress down; remonstrate; chew out; take to task; call down; jaw; lambast; trounce; scold; chide; berate; chew up; have words; rebuke; reprimand; reproof; lecture; bawl out; lambaste.
    • The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
    • The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    • The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
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call fire

  • noun fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit
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call for

  • verb express the need or desire for; ask for
    bespeak; quest; request.
    • She requested an extra bed in her room
    • She called for room service
  • verb require as useful, just, or proper
    require; necessitate; involve; need; take; demand; ask; postulate.
    • It takes nerve to do what she did
    • success usually requires hard work
    • This job asks a lot of patience and skill
    • This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
    • This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert
    • This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent
  • verb request the participation or presence of
    invite.
    • The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference
  • verb gather or collect
    collect; pick up; gather up.
    • You can get the results on Monday
    • She picked up the children at the day care center
    • They pick up our trash twice a week
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call forth

  • verb evoke or provoke to appear or occur
    provoke; evoke; kick up.
    • Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple
  • verb summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    arouse; raise; invoke; conjure up; bring up; call down; evoke; put forward; stir; conjure.
    • raise the specter of unemployment
    • he conjured wild birds in the air
    • call down the spirits from the mountain
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call forwarding

  • noun lets you transfer your incoming calls to any telephone that you can dial direct
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call girl

  • noun a female prostitute who can be hired by telephone
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call in

  • verb summon to enter
    • The nurse called in the next patient
  • verb summon to a particular activity or employment
    • Experts were called in
  • verb pay a brief visit
    call; visit.
    • The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens
  • verb take a player out of a game in order to exchange for another player
  • verb make a phone call
    • call in to a radio station
    • call in sick
  • verb demand payment of (a loan)
    call.
    • Call a loan
  • verb cause to be returned
    recall; withdraw; call back.
    • recall the defective auto tires
    • The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt
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call into question

  • verb challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
    question; oppugn.
    • We must question your judgment in this matter
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call it a day

  • verb stop doing what one is doing
    call it a day.
    • At midnight, the student decided to call it quits and closed his books
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call it quits

  • verb stop doing what one is doing
    call it a day.
    • At midnight, the student decided to call it quits and closed his books
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call loan

  • noun a loan that is repayable on demand
    demand loan.
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call mark

  • noun a mark consisting of characters written on a book; used to indicate shelf location
    call mark; pressmark.
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Call note

  • the note naturally used by the male bird to call the female. It is artifically applied by birdcatchers as a decoy. Latham.
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call number

  • noun a mark consisting of characters written on a book; used to indicate shelf location
    call mark; pressmark.
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Call of the house

  • (Legislative Bodies), a calling over the names of members, to discover who is absent, or for other purposes; a calling of names with a view to obtaining the ayes and noes from the persons named.
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call off

  • verb postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
    cancel; scratch; scrub.
    • Call off the engagement
    • cancel the dinner party
    • we had to scrub our vacation plans
    • scratch that meeting--the chair is ill
  • verb give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
    call.
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call on

  • verb have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
    turn.
    • She called on her Representative to help her
    • She turned to her relatives for help
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call on the carpet

  • verb censure severely or angrily
    rag; dress down; remonstrate; chew out; take to task; call down; jaw; lambast; trounce; scold; chide; berate; chew up; have words; rebuke; reprimand; reproof; lecture; bawl out; lambaste.
    • The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
    • The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    • The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
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call one's bluff

  • verb ask to prove what someone is claiming
    • John called Mary's bluff when she claimed she could prove the theorem in under an hour
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call option

  • noun an option to buy
  • noun the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
    call.
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call out

  • verb utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
    exclaim; cry; cry out; shout; outcry.
    • `I won!' he exclaimed
    • `Help!' she cried
    • `I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost
  • verb call out loudly, as of names or numbers
  • verb challenge to a duel
    • Aaron Burr called out Alexander Hamilton
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call the shots

  • verb exercise authority or be in charge
    call the shots; wear the trousers.
    • Who is calling the shots in this house?
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call the tune

  • verb exercise authority or be in charge
    call the shots; wear the trousers.
    • Who is calling the shots in this house?
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call to order

  • verb open formally
    • the chairman called the meeting to order by pounding his gavel
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Call to the bar

  • admission to practice in the courts.
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call up

  • noun an order to report for military duty
  • verb bring forward for consideration
    bring forward.
    • The case was called up in court
  • verb get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
    phone; ring; call; telephone.
    • I tried to call you all night
    • Take two aspirin and call me in the morning
  • verb recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
    retrieve; remember; recall; recollect; call back; think.
    • I can't remember saying any such thing
    • I can't think what her last name was
    • can you remember her phone number?
    • Do you remember that he once loved you?
    • call up memories
  • verb call to arms; of military personnel
    rally; mobilize; mobilise.
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call waiting

  • noun a way of letting you know that someone else is calling when you are using your telephone
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call-back

  • noun a return call
  • noun the recall of an employee after a layoff
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call-board

  • noun a bulletin board backstage in a theater
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call-in

  • noun a telephone call to a radio station or a television station in which the caller participates in the on-going program
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call-out

  • noun a challenge to a fight or duel
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calling card

  • noun a card that is used instead of cash to make telephone calls
    phone card.
  • noun a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited
    card; visiting card.
  • noun a distinguishing characteristic or behavior
    • bombs are a terrorist's calling cards
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calling into question

  • noun a challenge to defend what someone has said
    demand for explanation.
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calling together

  • noun the act of convoking
    convocation.
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close call

  • noun something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
    squeak; close shave; narrow escape; squeaker.
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collect call

  • noun a telephone call that the receiving party is asked to pay for
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conference call

  • noun a telephone call in which more than two people participate
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crank call

  • noun a hostile telephone call (from a crank)
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curtain call

  • noun an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
    bow.
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distress call

  • noun an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed
    distress signal.
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Effectual calling

  • (Theol.), a doctrine concerning the work of the Holy Spirit in producing conviction of sin and acceptance of salvation by Christ, one of the five points of Calvinism. See Calvinism.
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Fatigue call

  • (Mil.), a summons, by bugle or drum, to perform fatigue duties.
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function call

  • noun a call that passes control to a subroutine; after the subroutine is executed control returns to the next instruction in main program
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House of call

  • a place, usually a public house, where journeymen connected with a particular trade assemble when out of work, ready for the call of employers. Eng. Simonds.
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Hyperbolic, ∨ Napierian, logarithms usually called 'natural logarithms'

  • those logarithms (devised by John Speidell, 1619) of which the base is 2.7182818; so called from Napier, the inventor of logarithms.
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local call

  • noun a telephone call made within a local calling area
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long-distance call

  • noun a telephone call made outside the local calling area
    long distance; long-distance call.
    • I talked to her by long distance
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mail call

  • noun a call of names of those receiving mail
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margin call

  • noun a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
    call.
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muster call

  • noun a call of the names of personnel at a military assembly
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name calling

  • noun verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument
    names.
    • sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me
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phone call

  • noun a telephone connection
    call; phone call.
    • she reported several anonymous calls
    • he placed a phone call to London
    • he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call
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port of call

  • noun any port where a ship stops except its home port
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Quail call

  • a call or pipe for alluring quails into a net or within range.
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Real servitude, called also Predial servitude

  • (Civil Law), a burden imposed upon one estate in favor of another estate of another proprietor. Erskine. Bouvier.
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Roll call

  • noun calling out an official list of names
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  • the act, or the time, of calling over a list names, as among soldiers.
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salafast group for call and combat

  • noun an Algerian extremist Islamic offshoot of the Armed Islamic Group; now the largest and most active armed terrorist group in Algeria that seeks to overthrow the government; a major source of support and recruitment for al-Qaeda operations in Europe and northern Africa
    Salafist Group; GSPC.
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service call

  • noun a trip made by a repairman to visit the location of something in need of service
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sick call

  • noun the daily military formation at which individuals report to the medical officer as sick
    sick parade.
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siren call

  • noun the enticing appeal of something alluring but potentially dangerous
    siren song.
    • he succumbed to the siren call of the wilderness
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so-called

  • adjective satellite doubtful or suspect
    alleged; supposed.
    • these so-called experts are no help
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So"-called` adjective
Definitions
  1. So named; called by such a name (but perhaps called thus with doubtful propriety).
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supervisor call instruction

  • noun an instruction that interrupts the program being executed and passes control to the supervisor
    supervisor call instruction.
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system call

  • noun an instruction that interrupts the program being executed and passes control to the supervisor
    supervisor call instruction.
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telephone call

  • noun a telephone connection
    call; phone call.
    • she reported several anonymous calls
    • he placed a phone call to London
    • he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call
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three-way calling

  • noun a way of adding a third party to your conversation without the assistance of a telephone operator
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To call (any one) names

  • to apply contemptuous names (to any one).
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To call a bond

  • to give notice that the amount of the bond will be paid.
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To call a party

  • (Law), to cry aloud his name in open court, and command him to come in and perform some duty requiring his presence at the time on pain of what may befall him.
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To call back

  • to revoke or retract; to recall; to summon back.
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To call down

  • to pray for, as blessing or curses.
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To call for

  • (a) To demand; to require; as, a crime calls for punishment; a survey, grant, or deed calls for the metes and bounds, or the quantity of land, etc., which it describes. (b) To give an order for; to request. "Whenever the coach stopped, the sailor called for more ale." Marryat.
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To call forth

  • to bring or summon to action; as, to call forth all the faculties of the mind.
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To call in

  • (a) To collect; as, to call in debts or money; ar to withdraw from cirulation; as, to call in uncurrent coin. (b) To summon to one's side; to invite to come together; as, to call in neighbors.
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To call names

  • to apply opprobrious epithets to; to call by reproachful appellations.
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To call off

  • to summon away; to divert; as, to call off the attention; to call off workmen from their employment.
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To call on, To call upon

  • (a) To make a short visit to; as, call on a friend. (b) To appeal to; to invite; to request earnestly; as, to call upon a person to make a speech. (c) To solicit payment, or make a demand, of a debt. (d) To invoke or play to; to worship; as, to call upon God.
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To call out

  • . (a) To summon to fight; to challenge. (b) To summon into service; as, to call out the militia.
  • To call or utter loudly; to brawl.
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To call over

  • to recite separate particulars in order, as a roll of names.
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To call the roll

  • to call off or recite a list or roll of names of persons belonging to an organization, in order to ascertain who are present or to obtain responses from those present.
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To call to account

  • to demand explanation of.
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To call to mind

  • to recollect; to revive in memory.
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To call to order

  • to request to come to order; as: (a) A public meeting, when opening it for business. (b) A person, when he is transgressing the rules of debate.
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To call to the bar

  • to admit to practice in courts of law.
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To call up

  • . (a) To bring into view or recollection; as to call up the image of deceased friend. (b) To bring into action or discussion; to demand the consideration of; as, to call up a bill before a legislative body.
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To name or call after

  • to name like and reference to.
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toll call

  • noun a long-distance telephone call at charges above a local rate
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trunk call

  • noun a telephone call made outside the local calling area
    long distance; long-distance call.
    • I talked to her by long distance
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two-note call

  • noun a birdcall having two notes
    • the two-note call of the cuckoo
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wake-up call

  • noun a warning to take action concerning something that was overlooked or neglected
    • the bombing was a wake-up call to strengthen domestic security
  • noun a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels)
    • she left a wake-up call for 7 a.m.
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Watering call

  • (Mil.), a sound of trumpet or bugle summoning cavalry soldiers to assemble for the purpose of watering their horses.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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