irresistible impulse

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Noun1.irresistible impulse - an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid; "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"
irrational impulse - a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation; "his first impulse was to denounce them"; "the urge to find out got him into trouble"
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There were moments when, by an irresistible impulse, I found myself catching them up and pressing them to my heart.
The next day and the day after, he hung about the court-room, drawn by an al- most irresistible impulse to go in, but forcing himself to stay out.
And here, yielding to an irresistible impulse, I wrote my name upon the nose of a steatite monster from South America that particularly took my fancy.
At the edge of the clearing he paused; a giant tree loomed directly ahead of him and, as though actuated by sudden and irresistible impulse, he leaped into the branches and swung himself with apelike agility to the topmost limbs that would sustain his weight.
And so, fresh from the soft southern world, these dogs, trotting down the gang-plank and out upon the Yukon shore had but to see White Fang to experience the irresistible impulse to rush upon him and destroy him.
But Newman felt an irresistible impulse to speak, and to speak in a certain way.
Valentine seized the count's hand, and in her irresistible impulse of joy carried it to her lips.
Many eyes, by an irresistible impulse, were turned upon Sir William Howe, as if it were he whom the dreary music summoned to the funeral or departed power.
There was not the slightest necessity for the greater portion of the labour performed by the old lady: but she seemed to work from some irresistible impulse; her limbs continually swaying to and fro, as if there were some indefatigable engine concealed within her body which kept her in perpetual motion.
Having arrived at this satisfactory solution of the difficulty, Lady Lydiard became conscious of an irresistible impulse to summon Isabel to her presence and caress her.
By an irresistible impulse I held out my hand, and the words, 'Let me see it,' involuntarily passed my lips.
At that moment, in sympathy with a thought which he was about to utter, the face of Ernest assumed a grandeur of expression, so imbued with benevolence, that the poet, by an irresistible impulse, threw his arms aloft and shouted-