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spaz maw dik

  • s  affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
    his body made a spasmodic jerk
  • s  occurring in spells and often abruptly
    spasmodic rifle fire

  • All day, with wire-service teleprinters clacking behind him, he and his associates have kept a close watch on the spasmodic flow of the world's news.
  • A strange, spasmodic air, that carried memories of wilderness and city, rose through the salt-scented night air like a fire on a beach.
  • What he sees after four years of a McCain White House: the Iraq war being won with only "spasmodic" continued violence, reduced threat from the Taliban in Afghanistan, the capture .
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    When people think of Hawaii, they probably imagine beautiful sunsets over white sand beaches, bountiful waves, colorful clothing, and spasmodic volcanos. For the average person, what probably doesn’t leap to mind when thinking about Hawaii is the food they eat and Hawaii’s agriculture industry.
    Aug. 9, 2013 - National Center For Policy Analysis

  • John McCain in Reuters UK
    The Iraq war has been won. Iraq is a functioning democracy, although still suffering from the lingering effects of decades of tyranny and centuries of sectarian tension. Violence still occurs, but it is spasmodic and much reduced,McCain said.
  • Ian Martin in International Herald Tribune
    My fear is not only the possibility of spasmodic acts of violence, but dangers of overreaction to it,said Ian Martin, the UN's chief official in Nepal.

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