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I would not wish for a moment to curtail the holy rights of wimmen.

To curtail the activities in one is not necessarily a favor to the other.

We have lost five days here, and I shall be compelled to curtail my journey.

And you will forgive me, I am sure, if I curtail our interview.

I have no wish, even if I had the right, to curtail your freedom.

He could not curtail it, for the whole of anything that Mrs. Eddy does is sacred, and cannot be cut.

Having made this present, I had to curtail some of the festivities.

We disclaimed having any desire to curtail their letter-writing.

Therefore, to turn him into mere power, you have to curtail his soul as much as possible.

The same positions and aspects threaten to curtail the succession.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., from Middle French courtault "made short," from court "short" (Old French cort, from Latin curtus; see curt) + -ault pejorative suffix of Germanic origin. Originally curtal; used of horses with docked tails, which probably influenced the spelling. Related: Curtailed; curtailing.

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