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furtive
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • You could only get hold of them, if at all, by scrounging more or less furtively on the ’free’ market.
  • But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control.
  • Mere debauchery did not matter very much, so long as it was furtive and joyless and only involved the women of a submerged and despised class.
  • The pen was an archaic instrument, seldom used even for signatures, and he had procured one, furtively and with some difficulty, simply because of a feeling that the beautiful creamy paper deserved to be written on with a real nib instead of being scratched with an ink-pencil.
  • There she had remained for a year, helping to produce booklets in sealed packets with titles like Spanking Stories or One Night in a Girls’ School, to be bought furtively by proletarian youths who were under the impression that they were buying something illegal.

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  • She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
  • Later she said she was just trying to figure out whose phone it was, but she looked around furtively before she began reading my text messages.

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