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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of expostulate.


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  • He's well played by Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's second Holmes movie as a sensible, intelligent, reliable chap, even if he too readily explodes or expostulates when confronted by his flatmate's outrageous behaviour.

    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – review

  • Anything made outside the isle of Guernsey is, well, quite obviously not the genuine article; "some," expostulates Eldridge, "are not even made entirely of wool."

    Coolhunter: The Guernsey

  • The arguments about it will rage on and on (Simon Heffer expostulates loudly here) but I should like to pose some questions?

    Archive 2008-01-13

  • As Ephraim Escluai, a former worker in the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission, expostulates here: One cannot escape the conclusion that the IAEA has continuously failed in its missions, notably in Iraq, Iran, and Syria.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • "No, I don't need it!" expostulates suburban Washington mother Amy Freeman, wrathfully recounting what she wanted to say when two winsome children rang her doorbell a few months ago and held up the dreaded catalog.

    Little Lomans

  • Thou covetous wretch, as [6332] Austin expostulates, why dost thou stand gaping on this dross, muck-hills, filthy excrements? behold a far fairer object, God himself woos thee; behold him, enjoy him, he is sick for love.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • A te principium, in te recredit crimen quod a te fuit; peccasti, quiesce, as Ambrose expostulates with Cain, lib.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • What greater captivity or slavery can there be (as [5422] Tully expostulates) than to be in love?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quum infirmi sumus, optimi sumus; [3622] for what sick man (as [3623] Secundus expostulates with Rufus) was ever lascivious, covetous, or ambitious? he envies no man, admires no man, flatters no man, despiseth no man, listens not after lies and tales, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • "Religion poisons everything," he expostulates (italics his) — from such minor pleasures as a slice of ham (Hitchens's mother and wife were born Jewish), up through sex, and on to the future of life on Earth, whose end is both predicted and welcomed by fundamentalists of all stripes.

    With God in His Sights


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