- From used, past of use ("perform habitually") + to ("infinitive marker") (Wiktionary)
“I recalled him from my time in Scarborough High, when I used to stand at the fence that marked the boundary of the football field, the big Redskins logo dominating the board, and get ready to face a beating.”
“It didn't look like the kind of car a man of Carter Paragon's stature would drive, so maybe it was what Ms. Torrance used to get around when she wasn't chauffeuring her charge.”
“The boundaries of Red River Road were marked and recorded, in case any widening might occur in the future to alter the territory, and GPS equipment was used to take a satellite reading of the crime scene location.”
“I felt for Curtis Peltier, I truly did, but what he wanted I didn't think I could give him; he wanted his daughter back, the way she used to be, so that he could hold her to him forever.”
“Cue the Psychedelic Furs or Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark—or any of those dreamy bands that Hughes used to score his films—and watch me, like dear Duckie, dancing soundlessly around the room, pumping my fist and doing karate kicks.”
“That evening, after my father returned home, the smell of the soap he had used to wash away the traces of Marilyn Hyde's death still strong upon him, he sat at our kitchen table and opened a bottle of Coors.”
“The Aroostook Baptists are in there, and at least a dozen other names, male and female, all used to create a new Apocalypse.”
“Boothbay Harbor used to be a pretty nice place thirty years ago, when it was little more than a fishing village.”
“The ads fail to mention that the MTX512 could be used to generate lightning storms and create a nuclear warhead from the cover of Time magazine.”
“As Michael Lansky, who was the senior detective on the squad when I was a rookie patrolman, used to say, “When I started in homicide, the Dead Sea was just sick.””
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