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Dick had no scruple in clasping that extended hand very warmly in his own.

You need have no scruple to take charge of it; it relates not to myself.

I should make no scruple of frightening him within an inch of his life, for his good.

As this was an order, the mate did not scruple about obeying it.

"It is a scruple which up till now has been too strong for me," Wrayson remarked quietly.

But it does not scruple to mark its disapproval by passively hindering him at every turn.

And were I in your place, Anthony, faith I'd not scruple to do it.

Does it mean that when you are a representative you will not scruple to skewer M. le Marquis?

He had given her indeed, she made no scruple of showing, plenty to consider.

For this reason we have had no scruple in dismissing it with a short sketch.

WORD ORIGIN

"moral misgiving, pang of conscience," late 14c., from Old French scrupule (14c.), from Latin scrupulus "uneasiness, anxiety, pricking of conscience," literally "small sharp stone," diminutive of scrupus "sharp stone or pebble," used figuratively by Cicero for a cause of uneasiness or anxiety, probably from the notion of having a pebble in one's shoe. The word in the more literal Latin sense of "small unit of weight or measurement" is attested in English from late 14c.

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