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Then they, precipitously and on tiptoe, followed little Miss Gray.

But you didn't have enough information to realize that when you acted so precipitously.

Besides, it goes against the grain to run so precipitously from my fire.

She must have left so precipitously the necessaries and also the superfluities!

It is flat on the top, falling off precipitously on every side.

Thus Agricola, as well by his own virtues as the vices of others, was urged on precipitously to glory.

From the summit, the trail edged its way down so precipitously that twice fallen pines had to be used as ladders for the descent.

The change between the old and the new order came swiftly and precipitously, like a cataclysm in the serenity of a summer night.

Infection is the most important condition which may suddenly and precipitously induce scurvy.

Before them was a hill with a rather steep ascent, and dropping off almost precipitously on three sides.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, "rash, headlong," from obsolete French precipiteux (16c.), from Vulgar Latin *praecipitosus, from praecipitare (see precipitation). Related: Precipitously; precipitousness.

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