To break off

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sees anything derogatory to her in attempting to break off the marriage?
And going once again over the conditions inseparable from a duel, a divorce, a separation, and once again rejecting them, Alexey Alexandrovitch felt convinced that there was only one solution,--to keep her with him, concealing what had happened from the world, and using every measure in his power to break off the intrigue, and still more--though this he did not admit to himself--to punish her.
This indifferent, if not hostile, attitude on William's part made it impossible to break off without animosity, largely and completely.
They made your sympathies go with the hero, who deliberately puts his wife to death for the lie she told to break off his marriage with the woman he had loved, and who then marries this tender and gentle girl, and lives in great happiness with her till her death.
Then he felt inclined to quench a little thirst, and to break off for himself a cluster of grapes.
He asked her if she wished to break off their engagement; but she denied this: their engagement was known to the church, and had been recognized in the prayer-meetings; it could not be broken off without strict investigation, and Sarah could render no reason that would be sanctioned by the feeling of the community.
The bugle you have heard was none of Malvoisin's, but blown by my direction, to break off the banquet, lest it trenched upon hours of dearer import than to be thus dallied with.
In addition, more than a month ago Corridors of Serbia got a notice from the Alpine company about bankruptcy, but it was not possible to break off the contracts over night because there were complicated relations in question and it was necessary to do consultations with international experts.
Muenchow said he had expected an ice chunk to break off from the Petermann Glacier, one of the two largest remaining ones in Greenland, because it had been growing in size for seven or eight years.
And now residents in a goodly chunk of the remaining neighborhood -- that on the west side of the 405 Freeway -- are applying to the city to break off and join Lake Balboa.
s decision to break off alliance talks with Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co.
After lengthy study of all related contracts, the sponsors and management of Jos Verstappen decided to break off the ongoing talks with Jordan,'' said a statement on Verstappen's website.