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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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If Kutuzov decided to retreat along the road from Krems to Olmutz, to unite with the troops arriving from Russia, he risked being forestalled on that road by the French who had crossed the Vienna bridge, and encumbered by his baggage and transport, having to accept battle on the march against an enemy three times as strong, who would hem him in from two sides.
'And as I see on the faces about me, a disposition to inquire how it happened that I was not in the way to corroborate Oliver's tale, and had so suddenly left the kingdom, let me stipulate that I shall be asked no questions until such time as I may deem it expedient to forestall them by telling my own story.
Dantes was then guilty, and now he is innocent, and it is as much my duty to free him as it was to condemn him." Villefort thus forestalled any danger of an inquiry, which, however improbable it might be, if it did take place would leave him defenceless.
"Are you sure," said the queen doubtfully, "that you have not been forestalled?"
The FRC has picked Japan Net Bank as the first Web bank to get a license, because the consortium has given the planned bank a ''back-up'' computerized system to forestall a halt in its banking services even if mishaps paralyze the bank's network of automatic teller machines, the FRC officials said.
Even if that were true -- and Congress's recurring inability to renew expiring tax provisions in time to forestall gaps in the law suggests that future Congresses may not feel so obliged -- TEI questions whether the uncertainty and potential chaos is worth the risk.
Their critical feedback may have provoked doubts in Tasso, but the feedback was controlled by the poet (Molinari points out, for example, how he deferred sending Speroni finished sections of the poem in order to forestall his criticism) or else invited by him so that, in his responses, he could more fully justify his procedures or affirm his poem's classical pedigree.
The new Rein Deposit Law, which was designed to forestall dilatory tactics, is constitutional, says Supreme Court Judge Lehner in his recent decision in the class action Lang v.
First, she tries to forestall either ideological or sensational misreadings of her work.
We are therefore calling on the security agencies to put all INEC staffers under strict surveillance to forestall any attempt to compromise them.
Such patients wouldn't need to take immune-suppression drugs to forestall tissue rejection.
In an attempt to forestall criticism, More's preface extolls her virtues, while simultaneously admitting the notebook's lack of philosophical cohesion: "Thou art to understand, that they are only Writings abruptly and scatterdly, I may add also obscurely, written in a Paper Book, with a Black-lead Pen, towards the latter end of her long and tedious Pains, and Sickness; which She never had Opportunity to revise, correct or perfect" (3).