were unable to keep

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  • A certain type of man was unable to keep a secret from a woman. Cited from A Poor Wise Man, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I closed my eyes to avoid it, but was unable to keep them closed. Cited from Under the Andes, by Rex Stout
  • Children were sometimes hard to keep quiet or were unable to keep up with a group.
  • How could she expect another to keep a secret she had been unable to keep herself? Cited from Other People's Money, by Emile Gaboriau
  • But in spite of her efforts she was unable to keep silence. Cited from Three Cities Trilogy, Complete, by Emile Zola
  • He was unable to keep his mind on it. Cited from The Wrong Twin, by Harry Leon Wilson
  • The price of his success in any direction was that he was unable to keep his field to himself. Cited from Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature, by Margaret Ball
  • She was unable to keep ten seats and lost two.
  • However, he was unable to keep his place and so has slipped off the main tour.
  • She wanted him to return naturally, on his own account, because he was unable to keep away. Cited from Who Cares?, by Cosmo Hamilton
  • However, some of the smaller vessels were unable to keep up.
  • He tries to follow it, but is unable to keep up.
  • He was unable to keep the note of resentment out of his voice. Cited from The Letter of the Contract, by Basil King
  • She was unable to keep any situation on account of this failing. Cited from Regeneration, by H. Rider Haggard
  • He used to walk at such a pace that young men were unable to keep up with him.
  • John found that he was unable to keep the team going by himself and he sold it less than a year later.
  • Ellen began to talk -- simply because she was unable to keep silent any longer. Cited from The Double Life Of Mr. Alfred Burton, by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • His female team mates were unable to keep up with the speed of the rock.
  • Before morning broke half the calves were unable to keep their feet. Cited from Gunsight Pass, by William MacLeod Raine
  • Tom was unable to keep a straight face. Cited from Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X, by Victor Appleton
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