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  • Mr. Schrupe had said he would be testing us tomorrow, and I had a bad habit of not paying attention in his class when he talked.

    Flirting with Disaster

  • The one dissentient voice among admiring contemporaries is that of Miss Mitford, who writes in 1852: 'I am for my sins so fidgety respecting style that I have the bad habit of expecting a book that pretends to be written in our language to be English; therefore I cannot read Miss Strickland, or the Howitts, or Carlyle, or Emerson, or the serious parts of Dickens.'

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • And he carried that bad habit at last to such a length in his family, that he almost drove poor James Cowie, his man-servant, out of his senses, till when Cowie could endure no longer to be singled out and exposed and denounced before the whole family, he at last stood up with some boldness before his master and demanded to be told out, as man to man, and not in that cruel and injurious way, what it was he had done that made his master actually every day thus denounce and expose him.

    Samuel Rutherford

  • This was one occasion when Ilene’s bad habit of wearing clothes with the price tag hanging off the back came in handy.

    The Swell Dressed Party

  • But Jan Rubens had a bad habit of thinking for himself.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of Eminent Painters

  • At any rate, the waistbands on the cheapies had developed a bad habit of detaching themselves from the rest of their party.

    Humor for a Sister’s Heart

  • Dr. Vera had developed a bad habit of stopping by the deli after her shows, in order to pick up some junk food.

    How To Kill Your Boyfriend (In Ten Easy Steps)

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