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Sample sentences for the GRE study word contortions

contortions can be used as a
contortions can be used as a adj
contortions can be used as a noun

1.That ship, my friends, was the first of recorded smugglers the contraband was Jonah. - from Moby Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville
2.Giles's, to search for contraband goods, and the mob fired on the musketeers, and the musketeers fired on the mob, and nobody thought any of these occurrences much out of the common way. - from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
3.A certain portion of his time was passed at Cambridge, where he read with undergraduates as a sort of tolerated smuggler who drove a contraband trade in European languages, instead of conveying Greek and Latin through the Custom-house. - from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
4.Its principal object was to prevent the search of the colony ships, which carried on a contraband trade with the Spanish Main. - from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
5.He had scarcely been a week at Leghorn before the hold of his vessel was filled with printed muslins, contraband cottons, English powder, and tobacco on which the excise had forgotten to put its mark. - from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
6.Some part is sent annually by the Acapulco ships to Manilla some part is employed in a contraband trade, which the Spanish colonies carry on with those of other European nations and some part, no doubt, remains in the country. - from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

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