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After this she would be on her guard, forestall Martin, do tenderly what he would do harshly.

He must straight to Rosamund to forestall the tale that others would carry to her.

He could see it forming, and went on hurriedly to forestall it.

Nettie rose when they approached her to forestall their questions.

Jim turned up his coat collar to forestall a possible repetition.

But God does forestall us with His benevolence, for He hath first loved us.

She did not speak to him much, but she was quick to forestall his wants.

You cannot forestall that; you must depend upon your own self-confidence.

"You would only forestall my own blow," she said quietly, and there was new silence.

Congress accordingly decided to forestall him by invading Canada.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c. (implied in forestalling), "to lie in wait for;" also "to intercept goods before they reach public markets and buy them privately" (formerly a crime; mid-14c. in this sense in Anglo-French), from Old English noun foresteall "intervention, hindrance (of justice); an ambush, a waylaying," literally "a standing before (someone)," from fore- "before" + steall "standing position" (see stall (n.1)). Modern sense of "to anticipate and delay" is from 1580s. Related: Forestalled; forestalling.

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