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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
  1. For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not; in case.
    He won't go outside, lest he be eaten by those ravenous eagles
  2. That (without the negative particle); -- after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension.

Usage notes

Often followed by the subjunctive, as seen in the above example. Also commonly followed by should, in order that the subjunctive be avoided where it is uncommon ("He won't go outside, lest he should be eaten by those ravenous eagles").



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