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chiefly Brit a period of the year when the law courts or universities are closed
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It required Daylight's breaking of extra horses to pay for the materials, and the brother devoted a three weeks' vacation to assisting, and together they installed a Pelting wheel.
I told him we were doing very well--that we had had a considerable addition to our pupils after the Christmas vacation, and expected a still further increase at the close of this.
I economized in every way that I could think of--did my own washing, and went without necessary garments--but still I found my summer vacation ending and I did not have the sixteen dollars.
"What shall you do all your vacation?" asked Amy, changing the subject with tact.
In the breathing spell of the vacation he had taken, he had spent many hours in self- analysis, and thereby learned much of himself.
It was hard for the active fellows, right in the midst of their vacation; and nobody blamed them when they contented themselves with brief calls, running of errands, and warm expressions of sympathy.
Vacation begins on the first of January and ends on the last day of December.
Teacher and taught were alike glad when the term was ended and the glad vacation days stretched rosily before them.
I always go South for the spring vacation, traveling by sea to Old Point Comfort, and rusticating in some quiet spot near by.
Almost every day of that ill-starred vacation it stormed fiercely; and even on fine days it drifted unceasingly.
Stryver inaugurated the Long Vacation with a formal proposal to take Miss Manette to Vauxhall Gardens; that failing, to Ranelagh; that unaccountably failing too, it behoved him to present himself in Soho, and there declare his noble mind.
Jo moves on, through the long vacation, down to Blackfriars Bridge, where he finds a baking stony corner wherein to settle to his repast.