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  • She is an exceptionally adroit pianist.
  • an adroit technician
  • an adroit negotiator
  • his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers

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  • Adroitly Rogers slipped between the two women.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The littlest kid, the one who had been last out of the door, was the first to arrive at the correct wall, and he caught himself adroitly.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Twenty times she seemed almost to be submerged by these mountains of water which rose behind her; but the adroit management of the pilot saved her.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • mother is not a very "adroit" liar about things like that.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Poirot managed adroitly to help the good lady to replace the contents of her handbag, and he then shepherded her towards the door.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • "Adroit, McCourt. You have a mind for the priesthood, my boy, or politics."
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes

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  • It appears incredible to me that any kind of trick, however subtly conceived and however adroitly done, could have been played upon us under these conditions.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • By November, my father had mastered what he called an "adroit hobble," and when Buckley egged him on he would do a contorted skip that, as long as it made his son laugh, didn’t make him think of how odd and desperate he might look to an outsider or to my mother.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He had once referred to it as nonsense numerology and had said that anything could be proved that way, all that had to be done was to shift letters around adroitly so as to make the values come out any way you wanted.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Seizing adroitly on the name, Poirot said:
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • No one wanted to risk sending in another MH-47 helicopter, since the Taliban seemed to have become very adroit at knocking them down.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Her purpose was only too apparent as she made adroit attempts to draw John Holbrook into the discussion.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • In general, Yellin, through adroit handling of the Brute Squad, was able to bring these bad fellows, eventually, under control.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • And she can tell that Durrfeld, fetched by the little act but at the same time sensing her discomfort, has brought her demonstration adroitly to an end.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But thanks to her adroit inventing skills—the word "adroit" here means "skillful"—everything worked the way it was supposed to work, and suddenly Violet found herself feeling a piece of metal instead of a cloth rope.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • Mrs. Graham sprang to her feet to defend the sanctity of her kitchen, and pushing the Reverend adroitly to one side, set about assembling tea things on a tray for the study.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • All Shadowhunters were adroit, but she moved now with a silent grace that Clary found oddly chilling.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • He adroitly and fiercely swung his rifle.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Until Clevinger was snatched from existence so adroitly, Yossarian had assumed that the men had simply decided unanimously to go AWOL the same day.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He was intelligent, robust, adroit; he did his best; the master seemed pleased.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Reassured by her mistress’ confident tone, Eliza proceeded nimbly and adroitly with her toilet, laughing at her own fears, as she proceeded.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Fritz, who was the most active and adroit, besides having, of course, the greatest muscular strength, soon became skilled in the art.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • I approached her, pretending to desire a view of the garden; and, as I fancied, adroitly dropped Mrs. Dean’s note on to her knee, unnoticed by Hareton — but she asked aloud, ’What is that?’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • She’ll be adroit enough to lie well, I can see that.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Most people considered Lenehan a leech but, in spite of this reputation, his adroitness and eloquence had always prevented his friends from forming any general policy against him.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Then he descended with cautious and slow step, for he dreaded lest an accident similar to that he had so adroitly feigned should happen in reality.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The animal dropped, electrocuted, and its descent brought it within reach of our adroit hunter, who promptly took possession of it.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • With an adroit snap he catches it and bites it through with a crack.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The judge had been uncomfortable throughout the morning, annoyed by the sensation that he had not performed well, had not conducted the proceedings adroitly.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Likewise upon the extreme stern of the boat where it was also triangularly platformed level with the gunwale, Starbuck himself was seen coolly and adroitly balancing himself to the jerking tossings of his chip of a craft, and silently eyeing the vast blue eye of the sea.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It annoyed Gurney, the cunning and adroitness in battle of these natives.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Each time that these hints began to make the countess anxious and she glanced uneasily at the count and at Anna Mikhaylovna, the latter very adroitly turned the conversation to insignificant matters.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And the most experienced and adroit painter could not by mere mechanical facility paint anything if the lines of the subject were not revealed to him first.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She volunteered to copy many of his letters, and adroitly altered the spelling of them so as to suit the usages of the present day.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "One of our pension acquaintances kindly brought her home," said Miss Bartlett, adroitly concealing the sex of the preserver.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Did Lieutenant Ratcliff happen to tell Your Honor of that adroit fling of Budd’s, jumping up in the cutter’s bow under the merchantman’s stern when he was being taken off?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Nothing but a becoming blush betrayed the moving thoughts that urged themselves upon her as she accepted the seat next to Mr. Crackenthorp; for she was so instinctively neat and adroit in all her actions, and her pretty lips met each other with such quiet firmness, that it would have been difficult for her to appear agitated.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • The girls doubled so adroitly that their pursuer was against the wall when the fugitives were already half way to the other end.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But Rakitin, in his youthful ardor, made a slight blunder, of which the counsel for the defense at once adroitly took advantage.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Dowley was in fine feather, and I early got him started, and then adroitly worked him around onto his own history for a text and himself for a hero, and then it was good to sit there and hear him hum.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • He is an adroit shape-shifter and is said to drown people who swim at midnight or at noon.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He now turned his attention to Mrs. Vance, and in a flash Carrie saw again what she for some time had subconsciously missed in Hurstwood— the adroitness and flattery of which he was capable.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The combination of a certain adroitness with deep-seated earnestness, of tact with consummate ability, gave him his preeminence, and helps him maintain it.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He seems to be, and besides, he’s left-handed, and to my eyes left-handers at work have always looked adroit.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I don’t know whether that was a blackmailer’s adroitness or just a trick of destiny.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • He was an adroit courtier, a great hypocrite, and nothing more; he had no special aptitude for affairs, and no intellect, but he knew how to manage his own business successfully; no one could get the better of him there, and, to be sure, that’s the principal thing.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
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