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  • I entered a scene that felt like a holiday party gone awry—a few bottles of champagne rested on one desk, surrounded by tiny paper cups.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • My orientation course in Ottawa had taught me that one never questioned information emanating from another department; and if a field operation based on such information went awry, it was invariably the fault of the fellow in the field.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "If things go awry, running won’t help you anyway."
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Cinder bit back awry laugh.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • BOSTON, FEB. 13 (UPI) —Plans for a Valentine’s Day wedding went awry because a tall bride-to-be has disappeared after leaving a note to her still taller fiancé, and her engagement ring pinned to a pillow.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • His wig was slightly awry, but aside from that and a certain brightness to his eyes, he showed no change from his normal controlled elegance.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A monument to kitsch gone woefully awry.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • When Hitler rose to power in 1933, though, the painting business fell slightly awry.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • She doesn’t care about the technology—she suspects that something is awry with my test results.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • A while ago, the Abnegation were forced to enlist the help of Erudite in order to achieve that purpose, but eventually everything went awry because of Jeanine.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent

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  • Brom was running toward him-eyes large, hair awry, and one side of his head caked with dried blood.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The floor, the ceiling, and the side, are all awry.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Never before had an occupation gone so awry.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • on the sidewalk and die disgustingly there in public like an alpaca sack full of hairy strawberry ice cream, bleeding, pink toes awry.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • For example, many airlines teach a standardized procedure for copilots to challenge the pilot if he or she thinks something has gone terribly awry.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • By thy first step awry, thou didst plant the germ of evil; but since that moment it has all been a dark necessity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • His hat was gone and his clothes were awry.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • My principles were never trained, Jane: they may have grown a little awry for want of attention.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Something definitely was awry.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He looks out over the land, awry-haired, mouthing the snuff slowly against, his gums.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • I want that gold ready when Gudgeon’s plan goes awry.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The one set of plans she had made—getting away from Sweet Home—went awry so completely she never dared life by making more.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • They juggled them back and forth between each other like circus clowns using bowling pins, faster and faster, until one throw went awry.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • He now saw clearly the figure of a red-haired gunner with his shako knocked awry, pulling one end of a mop while a French soldier tugged at the other.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • August is gracious, charming, and mischievous—so much so that as the evening wears on I begin to think the incident with Rex was just a joke gone awry.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • His straight eyes he twisted then awry, looked at me a little, and then bent his head, and fell with it level with the other blind.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Then he hastily set about smoothing his hair and settling his ruffled shirt and his cravat which had slipped awry behind one ear.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • We ran through the doorway, dodging a random wombat that went flying over our heads—possibly someone’s spell gone awry—and stepped into complete pandemonium.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Second, accompanied by a K.B.I. agent, Mrs. Helm had explored every room at River Valley Farm, toured the house in the expectation that she might notice something awry or absent, and she had.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Words, dimly familiar but twisted all awry, like faces in a funhouse mirror, fled past, leaving no impression on the glassy surface of my brain.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • It was the friar of orders grey, As he forth walked on his way: Out, you rogue! you pluck my foot awry: [Strikes him.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Avada — Harry launched himself across the floor and grabbed the Death Eater around the knees, causing him to topple and his aim to go awry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • That he should have set the buckle of his stock awry, it was indispensable that there should have taken place in him one of those emotions which may be designated as internal earthquakes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Father Kleinsorge ran inside the mission house and scrambled up the stairs, which were awry and piled with plaster and lathing, and called to Mr Fukai from the doorway of his room.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Somehow, my plan for last night had gone horribly awry, and I needed come to grips with the consequences.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Solid to the touch—for I put out my hand and felt the rail of it—and with brown spots and smears upon the ivory, and bits of grass and moss upon the lower parts, and one rail bent awry.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • His fevered membranes and burnt stomach began to clamour for more and more of the scorching fluid; while his brain, thrust all awry by the unwonted stimulant, permitted him to go any length to obtain it.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He was aware, of course, that something was awry in his life, and all lives, but put the problem where it belonged, at the foot of the Originator of Life.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The raggedest nightcap, awry on the wretchedest head, had this crooked significance in it: "I know how hard it has grown for me, the wearer of this, to support life in myself; but do you know how easy it has grown for me, the wearer of this, to destroy life in you?"
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • This year, something has gone awry.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Leanjawed harpy, hard woman at a bargain, her bonnet awry.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When our powers of rapid cognition go awry, they go awry for a very specific and consistent set of reasons, and those reasons can be identified and understood.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Your task as you deliberate together on these proceedings is to ensure that you do nothing to yield to a universe in which things go awry by happenstance.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • She had on a dress of some light silky material, but put on strangely awry, not properly hooked up, and torn open at the top of the skirt, close to the waist: a great piece was rent and hanging loose.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought; And enterprises of great pith and moment, With this regard, their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Then as though there was not enough trouble with the women of his house all awry, there was Wang Lung’s youngest son.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • His hands automatically straightened an object or two that I had inadvertently pushed awry.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He raised the radio up and brought it down, and it smashed on the floor spilling old clocksprings and tubes like the result of some crazy elevator game gone awry, making his father’s voice gone, leaving only his voice, Jack’s voice, Jacky’s voice, chanting in the cold reality of the office: " — dead, you’re dead, you’re dead!"
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • …delay, and the quietus which his pangs might take, In the dead waste and middle of the night, when churchyards yawn In customary suits of solemn black, But that the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns, Breathes forth contagion on the world, And thus the native hue of resolution, like the poor cat i’ the adage, Is sicklied o’er with care, And all the clouds that lowered o’er our housetops, With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Both women vehemently opposed what Nasuada described as "a harebrained scheme that will have catastrophic consequences for everyone in Alagaesia if it goes awry!"
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
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