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Protest

Instructions given to a collecting bank that drafts falling due for payment are to be formally presented to the drawee by a notary, who is to formally record any default.

Protest

An instruction to a collection agency to attempt to collect a certain portion of a default or other, unpaid sale.
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"Certainly not insult, but protest. I should do it with a good object.
Dowling sat all this while silent, biting his fingers, making faces, grinning, and looking wonderfully arch; at last he opened his lips, and protested that the gentleman looked like another sort of man.
Collins readily assented, and a book was produced; but, on beholding it (for everything announced it to be from a circulating library), he started back, and begging pardon, protested that he never read novels.
"I had so," cried Davy, but in the voice of one who doth protest too much.
At the same time the gentleman wrote out a protest on the prisoner's behalf, and handed us his card.
The youth wished his friend to lean upon him, but the other always shook his head and strangely protested. "No--no--no-- leave me be--leave me be--"
'Don't mention the poor girl's name; it's too bad to make a joke of that part of the business; she has behaved nobly under shameful provocation; there is but one excuse for Montbarry--he is either a madman or a fool.' In these terms the protest expressed itself on all sides.
On one or two occasions when I saw Miss Corray walking with him I was furious, and once had the indiscretion to protest. Asked for reasons, I had none to give and fancied I saw in her expression a shade of contempt for the vagaries of a jealous mind.
I did not protest, first, because I dislike scandal, and, second, because I thought that your predecessors, MM.
"Why do you call yourself unintelligent?" she protested. "You couldn't have got through your soldiering so well if you had been."
With the obstinacy of his order, he protested against being dragged in a chosen direction.
"The Church does not protest against it," Ernest replied.