Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Interrupting automatically: said of an instrument which automatically breaks and remakes an electric circuit, as, for instance, of the electrically driven tuning-fork.
“Though it unfortunately is pretty accurate in quoting the clipped, self-interrupting way that I actually speak, I think the point still comes across:”
“Imagine the poems as a series of different self-revising, self-interrupting voices—the different voices we use to talk to ourselves in our own minds incantatory, exhortatory, scolding, disgusted, delighted, genial, nonsensical that belong to the different characters we carry around in our own heads.”
“Frank Logan, Keaton lurks under a newsboy cap and speaks sparingly, often with a stagey self-interrupting cough (another tic).”
“The Merry Gentleman, he might be overdoing the walkback: As grizzled Chicago hit man Frank Logan, Keaton lurks under a newsboy cap and speaks sparingly, often with a stagey self-interrupting cough (another tic).”
“Duvall -- in a natty jacket and blue oxford shirt that makes those familiar eyes even more piercing -- speaks in a self-interrupting, Southern-inflected shorthand that recalls his folksiest characters.”
“Reviewers have already complained about the author’s self-interrupting, drunkenly digressive prose style.”
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