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Burke winced, but he made shift to conceal his realization of the truth she had stated to him.

Burke swung himself around in a movement of complete disgust.

Inspector Burke will tell you how easy it is for me to get it.

Inspector Burke himself filled the void in the halting sentence.

It was Burke who offered a diversion, a crude interruption after his own fashion.

Burke was fairly gasping over this outrage against his authority.

"It's a man named Burke," she explained, as her mistress lay blinking.

Burke, however, shook his head in remonstrance against Gilder's plea.

Burke slapped his leg with an enthusiasm that might have broken a weaker member.

Burke helped to save the situation from the growing tenseness.

WORD ORIGIN

family name (first recorded 1066), from Anglo-Norman pronunciation of Old English burgh. Not common in England itself, but it took root in Ireland, where William de Burgo went in 1171 with Henry II and later became Earl of Ulster. As shorthand for a royalty reference book, it represents "A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom," first issued 1826, compiled by John Burke (1787-1848). As a verb meaning "murder by smothering," it is abstracted from William Burk, executed in Edinburgh 1829 for murdering several persons to sell their bodies for dissection.

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