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  • She is known for her brusque manner and brief meetings.
  • I am trying to develop a less brusque manner.
  • "Yeah, yeah," I say brusquely.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Brushing past Mariam, he said in a brusque voice, "I’m hungry."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • But he was struck, as most people were, by Okonkwo’s brusqueness in dealing with less successful men.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • "Awright," he said brusquely.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Dr. Annstrong stood up. He said brusquely: "No, a man doesn’t die of a mere choking fit. Marston’s death wasn’t what we call a natural death."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The plainclothesman in front of her flashed a badge, showed a search warrant, and brusquely asked Mary for permission to enter.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • But he had never ever sent her off to her room so brusquely.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Once we were in the bathroom she brusquely handed me a dress that had been hanging from one of the partitions and kinda pushed me into the stall.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked

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  • He said it brusquely to build himself up again.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Kemper said brusquely, "Look here now, Colonel."
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Aline pushed past her brusquely and went into the living room.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • She saw how Romero avoided every brusque movement and saved his bulls for the last when he wanted them, not winded and discomposed but smoothly worn down.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • He came home with his manners a good deal improved; he had lost his surliness and brusqueness, and...
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • "Put her in water," he said to my mom in Spanish.

    "But . . ."

    "Put her in water," he said again, brusquely this time, then walked away wobbly and absentminded.

    [When Mr. Hernandez saw that Magda’s fever was worse.]
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • When the Palestinian man rang them up, he was brusque and hurried.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • (brusquely) So don’t just stand there!
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • "Up there where?" said Brinker brusquely.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I’m expecting him to be brusque, but his hands are—not gentle, exactly, but not callous, either.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "Those letters were all written before the fire," she says brusquely.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I said brusquely, and pointed to my mother-in-law by the Xerox, making endless copies of Amy’s photo.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He looked, briefly, up to Mae, and nod ded brusquely.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I needed the radio to hear the weekend movie or anything on television, and to use down in the gym, but the officer who ran the commissary brusquely told me they were out of radios.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • After calling the warden’s office to confirm that my visit had been properly scheduled, he finally admitted me, brusquely directing me to the small room where the visit would take place.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "Because the Edema Ruh make exceptionally poor students," he said brusquely.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But before she could answer, her husband brusquely put down the phone.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Good luck, son," Wells’s father said, assuming his trademark brusqueness.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Through the closed door they heard the pencil woman speaking in her brusque way, then an embarrassed murmur that must have been Sticky’s response.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Her husband brusquely waved away her comfort.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • She moved her hand brusquely across his line of vision, but he did not blink.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • I could not hear what they were saying inside, but I knew it would not be anything good since they had received Mom so coldly and treated me so brusquely.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • "Yeah, it is," she said brusquely.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • From the very first I had been baffled by his brusqueness with the old man.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Now she felt herself speaking with some irritation and feeling, and either what she said or the sudden brusque way she said it caused him to mutter a quick apology.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We’ve all been to the doctor, we know about the brusque humiliations involved.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "We’ll puzzle it out later," said Dougal brusquely.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alan tried to square the builder of this home with the brusque and bitter man he’d met.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • "Er — yes," I said brusquely.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "He’s brusque, is Boyle, and sometimes that can be taken for unkindness, but he’s not unkind as a rule."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Her eyes flashed as she shut the door brusquely.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Harry heard him say brusquely to the goblins, and Bagman hurried through the pub toward Harry, his boyish grin back in place.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • ’You can’t sit at a wet tablecloth,’ he said brusquely; ’it will put you off your food.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He dismissed my request brusquely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • There was a young, determined brusqueness in her voice and movements.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • That his advances should be rejected so brusquely without any reference to the lady’s own wishes, and that the lady should accept the situation without protest, is very amazing.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It was unusual for her to be so brusque.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He tightened the hard-hat straps, striding brusquely to the door.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • "We all know you made a mistake," he said brusquely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He was cross at her arriving late and motioned her brusquely inside.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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