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This, after demurring, Oliver gave, and offered to resign also from the lieutenant-governorship.

But he stopped her, and in spite of her demurring carried her off.

They bullied him—they talked him down, demurring mildly, but firmly.

For an hour Stenovics had made a show of demurring; then he bowed to the national will.

I felt like demurring, but Mr. Wallingford readily consented.

“I suppose that they say de mer because they feel like demurring,” said Jo glibly.

After some demurring, Burleigh was persuaded to begin his yarn.

He set her down now, and seemed to be demurring about her horse.

I had nothing to gain by demurring, and so, after another word or two, it was arranged.

Whereat Ethel was demurring, when Dr. May came forth, and declared he should take her himself.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to linger, tarry, delay," from Old French demorer "delay, retard," from Latin demorari "to linger, loiter, tarry," from de- (see de-) + morari "to delay," from mora "a pause, delay" (see moratorium). Main modern sense of "raise objections" is first attested 1630s. Related: Demurred; demurring.

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