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  • v. To pass unnoticed so that one is unaffected by it.
  • v. To affect the emotions of (a person) suddenly and overwhelmingly.
  • v. Of open water. To surge over the banks, or other retaining structure.


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  • Then she shut down inside, felt the shivery iciness wash over her — familiar, this, something between shock and resignation.

    The Debt Collector

  • Some people argued that the changes the Tuvaluans were experiencing were just part of a normal cycle of weather patterns that caused big storms to wash over the islands and drown them in monster tides.

    George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt

  • After some thought he opened the cooler door, paused to let the cold air wash over him, shivered, selected a two-quart carton of the chocolate rocky road, and carried it to the counter.

    The Empress File

  • McDowell Mountains, segregating their granite sides and depositing their wash over the upper valley and the canals to

    The adventures of two Alabama boys,

  • Danny let it wash over him, thinking of his meeting, wondering what Leo Bordoni told Gene Niles, if Niles really had a County source to place him inside 2307, and if he could prove it, would anybody care?

    The Big Nowhere

  • Without taking time to think about it logically, I allowed the visions of the great manifesters I had read about to wash over me and then let the steps flow out as I talked.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • The Emperor sat on the dock of the St. Francis Yacht Club, watching the fog wash over the breakwater.

    You Suck

  • I felt a sense of relief wash over me and I fought the impulse to go to Joseph John, to feel his arms slide around me and rest against the safety of his shoulder.

    Keep Sweet

  • After helping Mr. Chardlin arrange to go home, I dragged myself out of the courthouse to my car, plugged Shemekia Copeland into the CD player, and let her voice wash over me as she begged the devil to leave her alone.

    Balancing in High Heels


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