To make scruple


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To make scruple to hesitate from conscientious motives; to scruple.
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  • John Dennis
    John Dennis
    “A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.”


In literature:

He had to make sure of them to put his scruple to rest.
"The Ambassadors" by Henry James
Be the money lodged in the bank what it will, yet whether an Act to make good deficiencies would not remove all scruples?
"The Querist" by George Berkley
He was determined to make an end at once of Maud's scruples and coquetry.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
These Brazilians will not scruple to make use of you, and then throw you aside if it suits their purpose.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
But still he was, while many such as we Would not have scrupled to make free.
"A Hundred Fables of La Fontaine" by Jean de La Fontaine
I scrupled not to make plain to her that her plan did not commend itself to me.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
We must make up our minds to overcome our scruples and fears.
"The Woman and the Right to Vote" by Rafael Palma
Sarja, though, had no such scruples and seemed to make a hearty meal at one of the troughs.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
No; poison had been his reliance in one case, and he would not scruple to make use of it again.
"The Somnambulist and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
One scruples to make himself a bore.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
For dogs do not scruple to kiss those they love, without making compliments.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
If you think it more convenient to carry me to your lodgings, make no scruple of it.
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
If I make an ass of myself, don't scruple to say so!
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The regular Lamas generally make no scruple to avow their horror of the spectacle.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
And his travail was not rendered less by the fact that Ferdinand did not scruple to make a personal appeal.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
Now, at forty, she would not scruple to make use of whatever arts she had since acquired.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
I could and would say everything that she might scruple to hint to Lady Olivia, and I will answer for it I would make her raise the siege.
"Leonora" by Maria Edgeworth
But yet I must confess there is still one scruple that makes me uneasy, and causes me to have an ill opinion of Sancho.
"The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
But for all that, Ma'am, if I can be of any use to you, make no scruple to call upon me.
"The Wanderer (Volume 1 of 5)" by Fanny Burney
Coriolanus scrupled not to make slaves of his own countrymen captured in civil war.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll

In poetry:

A man renown’d for repartee
Will seldom scruple to make free
With friendship’s finest feeling,
Will thrust a dagger at your breast,
And say he wounded you in jest,
By way of balm for healing.
"Friendship" by William Cowper