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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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You can't imagine what loathsome thoughts I have about everything."
"There are some things that money can't accomplish," remarked young Rockwall, rather gloomily.
'n 'me talk, I mean; so he can't tell me how he loves me, an' he's all love, every last hair of 'm.
"I can't explain it to you--but it's just as I've said," responded the Story Girl.
No; the way all the best authori- ties does is to saw the bed-leg in two, and leave it just so, and swallow the sawdust, so it can't be found, and put some dirt and grease around the sawed place so the very keenest seneskal can't see no sign of it's being sawed, and thinks the bed-leg is perfectly sound.
But there, if a woman's husband can't rule her of course a servant can't; so I wash my hands of it, and if she can't get to the duchess' garden party I can't help it."
But Huck, we can't let you into the gang if you ain't re- spectable, you know."
"I can't bear to think of you living in that horrible, filthy attic.
They won't have me back, my place has been filled up, I can't get any fighting.
You can't dance without them, and if you don't I should be so mortified." "Then I'll stay still.
"I can't dream now, Captain Jim--I'm done with dreams."
That natural law surmounts every other; we can't help what it clashes with."
We can't alter her bringing up and what's come of it."
You can't prevent me from going to Paris if I make up my mind to.
"But can't you give me some hope that you will -- yet?"