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  • He writhed himself quite off his stool in the excitement of his feelings, and, being off, began to make arrangements for going home.
  • At every question he gave me a fleshy cut with it that made me writhe; so I was very soon made free of Salem House (as Steerforth said), and was very soon in tears also.
  • Uriah, with his long hands slowly twining over one another, made a ghastly writhe from the waist upwards, to express his concurrence in this estimation of me.
  • I never saw his mouth so wide, or the creases in his cheeks so deep, as when he delivered himself of these sentiments: shaking his head all the time, and writhing modestly.
  • Half the establishment was writhing and crying, before the day’s work began; and how much of it had writhed and cried before the day’s work was over, I am really afraid to recollect, lest I should seem to exaggerate.
  • Half the establishment was writhing and crying, before the day’s work began; and how much of it had writhed and cried before the day’s work was over, I am really afraid to recollect, lest I should seem to exaggerate.
  • He had a way of writhing when he wanted to express enthusiasm, which was very ugly; and which diverted my attention from the compliment he had paid my relation, to the snaky twistings of his throat and body.
  • ’I should like to, very much,’ replied Uriah, with a writhe.
  • After dinner, her son took his turn; and when Mr. Wickfield, himself, and I were left alone together, leered at me, and writhed until I could hardly bear it.
  • ’If I may umbly make the remark,’ said Uriah Heep, with a writhe, ’I fully agree with Miss Betsey Trotwood, and should be only too appy if Miss Agnes was a partner.’
  • Thus it was that we parted without explanation: she waving her hand and smiling farewell from the coach window; her evil genius writhing on the roof, as if he had her in his clutches and triumphed.
  • ’I am sure,’ said Uriah, writhing himself into the silence like a Conger-eel, ’that this is a subject full of unpleasantness to everybody.
  • ’Thank you, Miss Trotwood,’ said Uriah, writhing in his ungainly manner, ’for your good opinion!
  • ’The Devil take you!’ said Uriah, writhing in a new way with pain.
  • ’Immortally safe, sir,’ returned Uriah, writhing in the direction of the voice.
  • ’At any rate,’ observed Uriah, with a writhe of his ungainly person, ’we may keep the door shut.
  • He knew us directly; and said, as he came out — with the old writhe, — ’How do you do, Mr. Copperfield?
  • One Thursday morning, when I was about to walk with Mr. Dick from the hotel to the coach office before going back to school (for we had an hour’s school before breakfast), I met Uriah in the street, who reminded me of the promise I had made to take tea with himself and his mother: adding, with a writhe, ’But I didn’t expect you to keep it, Master Copperfield, we’re so very umble.’
  • I was not so vexed at losing Agnes as I might have been, since it gave me an opportunity of making myself known to Traddles on the stairs, who greeted me with great fervour; while Uriah writhed with such obtrusive satisfaction and self-abasement, that I could gladly have pitched him over the banisters.
  • He stirred his coffee round and round, he sipped it, he felt his chin softly with his grisly hand, he looked at the fire, he looked about the room, he gasped rather than smiled at me, he writhed and undulated about, in his deferential servility, he stirred and sipped again, but he left the renewal of the conversation to me.
  • She writhed into some new posture constantly: stiffening her arms, twisting them before her face, as though to shut out from her eyes the little light there was, and drooping her head, as if it were heavy with insupportable recollections.

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  • The patient writhed in pain.
  • She writhed on the sidewalk begging that someone call an ambulance.

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