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dahy gre shuhn

  • n  a message that departs from the main subject
  • n  a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
    a digression into irrelevant details
  • n  wandering from the main path of a journey

  • The only such FBI incident of meddling in political affairs cited in the Eisenhower years, this was no more than an un solicited digression by Hoover.
  • First, in a digression on a digression, a tangent to these tangents, I extend thanks on behalf of the family to Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe.
  • The teacher orders the students to yell out the word digression! whenever a speech loses focus or direction.
News & Articles

  • Why did John Roberts rule for sex workers?
    Hint: His seemingly progressive digression belies a long game that could thwart major liberal goals        
    June 20, 2013 - Salon.com
  • Would you pay $50 for 'World War Z'?
    (But first, a brief digression: Last night, I attended a screaming, er, screening of “Monsters University.” It was, as you might imagine for a Pixar movie, packed with kids, and the kiddie radio station sponsoring the screening had some, um, entertaining ideas. “At the count of thr
    June 18, 2013 - Seattle Times

  • Michael Goldenberg in Montreal Gazette (subscription)
    Even though it's a very long book, I don't think the amount of story is considerably more than any other book,Goldenberg says. "There's a lot of wonderful digression and wonderful details and side journeys, but when you boil it down to the...
  • Ben Yagoda in The News Journal
    As he has written elsewhere, Yagoda believes "that the world and language are multifarious, knotty, and illuminated by digression."
  • Victor Hugo in Times Online
    Here, a short digression is necessary, says Hugo in the antepenultimate, 358th chapter.

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