bad habit


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Ginger has a bad habit of biting and snapping; that is why they call her Ginger, and when she was in the loose box she used to snap very much.
Though I have this bad habit of soliloquising, and indeed am absurd enough to attempt conversation with a house, yet the reader must realise from the beginning that I am still quite a young man.
You know as well as I do; your mother doesn't like it, and it's a bad habit, for it wastes money and does you no good.
It is time to break the bad habit of expecting something for nothing: from our government, or from each other.
Possibly it be but a bad habit that will yield to my maturer years.
After all, I was merely forswearing a bad habit, forgoing a bad frame of mind.
How nice you've come in good time," he said to her, embracing her waist; "such a bad habit to be late.
But I shall put you under a discipline of pleasure that will make you lose that bad habit," said Lucy, sticking the black butterfly absently in her own collar, while her eyes met Maggie's affectionately.
Oh, that's all right, that's all right, give us a rest; never mind about the direction, HANG the direction -- I beg pardon, I beg a thousand pardons, I am not well to-day; pay no attention when I soliloquize, it is an old habit, an old, bad habit, and hard to get rid of when one's digestion is all disordered with eating food that was raised forever and ever before he was born; good land
Excuse me, monsieur," said he, "I am, as you are, a traveler; I know no one in the hotel, and I have the bad habit of losing my spirits when I eat alone, so that my repast appears a bad one to me, and does not nourish me.
Wopsle's great-aunt successfully overcame that bad habit of living, so highly desirable to be got rid of by some people.
you have a bad habit of letting your tongue run away with you.