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She was quite unable to repress a vulgar interest in the menials that served her.

The older man could not repress a cold smile—it had had more effect than he had hoped.

At the sight of it Frank could not repress an exclamation of astonishment.

She was unable to repress a glance of admiration at me as she moved off.

Struggling to repress my tears, I said no more, but passed out, cut to the heart.

I hid my face in my handkerchief to repress my fast-flowing tears.

But he could not repress a shudder as he felt their eyes examining him.

Further, let there be a general law which will have a tendency to repress impiety.

For all her brave words her heart was breaking, and she was holding her breath to repress a sob.

He could not repress a grin, and the housekeeper noticed it.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to check, restrain," from Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere "hold back, curb," figuratively "check, confine, restrain, refrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + premere "to push" (see press (v.1)).

Used of feelings or desires from late 14c.; in the purely psychological sense, it represents German verdrängen (Freud, 1893), first attested 1904 (implied in repressed). Meaning "to put down" (a rebellion, etc.) is from late 15c. Related: Repressed; repressing.

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