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forestalling:

see engrossingengrossing,
in English law, practice of acquiring a monopoly of goods in order to sell them at an inflated price. The offense was ordinarily limited to monopolies of foods. Related practices were forestalling, i.e.
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The Vicar's frankness seemed not of the repulsive sort that comes from an uneasy consciousness seeking to forestall the judgment of others, but simply the relief of a desire to do with as little pretence as possible.
Presently he saw that Sheeta was about to forestall him, robbing him of the fruits of his great hate.
When von Horn returned to the court of mystery, he narrated to Professor Maxon the gist of his conversation with Virginia, wishing to forestall anything which the girl might say to her father that would give him an impression that von Horn had been talking more than he should.
He was now in a hurry to start, lest buyers from the town might forestall him in making a profitable purchase.
And to every point he made the same reply, at the same time watching the missionary closely in order to forestall that cunning run-in under the lifted club.
This led me to shoot into the wind to forestall him.
His anxiety to forestall any possible discovery of the deception which had concealed the terrible story of her father's death, kept Doctor Allday's vigilance on the watch.
Beauly may have been cunning enough to forestall suspicion, and to set up an Alibi.
Follow close behind me, and I will forestall old Sir William, though I can scarce promise to roll forth your style and rank as is his wont.
I drank heavily during this time, but right here I wish to forestall misunderstanding.
There was nothing illegal in this; the story assumes that as often in medieval Europe a new king might be chosen from among all the men of the royal family; but Prince Hamlet had reason to feel that Claudius had taken advantage of his absence to forestall his natural candidacy.
Brownlow, smiling; 'but no doubt they will bring that about for themselves in the fulness of time, and if we step in to forestall them, it seems to me that we shall be performing a very Quixotic act, in direct opposition to our own interest--or at least to Oliver's, which is the same thing.