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  • n  the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning

  • The wildcat movement erupted with such suddenness that Congress, the Administration and the leadership of seven postal unions were unable to move promptly or effectively to get .
  • With a seeming suddenness, cases of autism and closely related disorders like Asperger's are exploding in number, and no one has a good explanation for it.
  • The suddenness with which so many species vanished after that time always suggested a single cataclysmic event, and the 1978 discovery of a 112-mile, 65-million-year-old crater off .
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  • Haunted by war, injured Utah veteran dies waiting for treatment
    When soldiers die in war, a grieving family reels from the suddenness of death. But when a soldier like James Steven Carlson dies slowly after a war, his brain forever rattled, his anxiety unrelenting and conscience seared, a family’s pain is no less acute. The 27-year-old Carlson, who served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, was laid to rest Friday at the Utah Veterans Cemetery by his parents, siblings ...
    Sept. 20, 2013 - The Salt Lake Tribune

  • Jean-Claude Trichet in The Associated Press
    The turmoil was similar to the October 2008 panic after the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers "in terms of the suddenness of the change in sentiment and the abruptness of the flight to safety by international investors," Trichet said.
  • President Bush in FOXNews
    I think what makes this different is that a parent or a loved one thought their child was, learning to, to enrich their lives, and the next thing is they're dead,Bush told NBC News. "And it's just the shock and suddenness and the location...
  • Jesse Jackson in
    Reverend Jesse Jackson, a close friend of the family, said: "They are all overwhelmed by the suddenness and the unexpectedness of it all. This family knows triumph, and they also know tragedy."

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