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  • leaves a cloying aftertaste
  • annoyed by his cloying deference
  • Her comments were beginning to have a cloying effect.
  • And she had discovered, with the very first toast, that she liked the sweet, cloying taste of the wine, even though it made her head buzz.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic

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  • And the rest of her senior year will probably suck, what with her getting all that cloying your-best-friend’s-dead sympathy that will drive her so crazy,
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • I’ve tasted butterscotch on his dry-kiss lips, a cloying flavor that was never there before.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I was falling for the deflecting technique again, not that Havoline Oil had anything cloyingly poetical about it.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The cloying smell of rancid fat from the butcher shop below made me thankful for the cool autumn breeze.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Her cloying tone and familiarity put me off, but the woman was right.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The messengers’ headquarters was on Cloying Street, not far from the back of the Gathering Hall.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember

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  • Vases of blossoms give off a cloying scent that makes my eyes itch.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I asked, cloying.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • A cloying, sickening smell hung over him-the odor of rotting fruit.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Kid Sampson, Nately and the others wandered apart in a noiseless eddy of motion and were sucked away into the cloying yellow stillness.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I couldn’t distinguish whether I was smelling the clutching sound of misery or hearing the cloying odor of death.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I could taste it as soon as it touched my shield—it had a dense, sweet, cloying flavor.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I heard Heath’s voice again, rising from my memory like a cloying mist: Yes . whatever you want . I’ll do whatever you want.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • And he then, beating his pate, "Down here those flatteries wherewith my tongue was never cloyed have submerged me."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The sweetness became cloying after the third bite, but he kept on.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • But when they have to drink a whole bottle or can, that sweetness can get really overpowering or cloying.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • She could feel the dank heaviness of her clothes, cold and itchy against her skin, and the cloying sweet air of the cave, colder yet, and the weight of Jace’s hands on her shoulders, the only things that were warm.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • And I remember the smells of the hills, wild azalea and a very distant skunk and the sweet cloy of lupin and horse sweat on harness.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The magician recognized the heavy, cloying scent as soon as he stepped into the house: it was frankincense, the rare and incredibly expensive aromatic gum from the Middle East, used in ancient times in Egypt and Greece and as far to the east as China.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Other times he would dream that his feet were stuck in cloying mud, as he caught brief glimpses of Missy running down the wooded path ahead of him, her red cotton summer dress gilded with wildflowers flashing among the trees.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Even there her vanity—or that self-appreciation which, in its more rabid form, is called vanity—was not sufficiently cloyed to make these things wearisome.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Even the richest food cloys when eaten days on end; in the market, nothing ever cloys.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • After dinner, I went up to my room and, after a few false starts and a fair amount of deleting, composed what I thought was a heartfelt yet not too cloying email to Jason.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Appetites already cloyed by the night’s heat were further diminished.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • To be sure, behind this thought lurks the afterthought of force and dominion,—the making of brown men to delve when the temptation of beads and red calico cloys.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The train is going pretty fast now, but its effort seems to be through a stubborn cloying density of air as though an eel tried to swim in syrup, or the effort seems to be against an increasing and implacable magnetism of earth.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • He smelled the cloying reek from up-stairs, and heard her giggling with Ted.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • The smell of cloying sandalwood and terry-cotton armpits (small medium large) hung in the air.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Sweet and cloying through the dark air Falls the stifling scent of despair; The forms take shape in the dark air : Puss-purr of leopard, footfall of padding bear, Palm-pat of nodding ape, square hyaena waiting For laughter, laughter, laughter.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • They were at home in it and knew all its ways— They loved a champagne or a special dish at a restaurant as one of us might a composer or poet, and they lavished the same enthusiasm and rapture and emotion on the latest craze in dances or the sentimental cloying song of a jazz singer as one of us on Nietzsche or Hamsun.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Never; he will not: Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety: other women cloy The appetites they feed; but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies: for vilest things Become themselves in her; that the holy priests Bless her when she is riggish.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • The habitual and wily flatterer may succeed until his practices recoil on himself, and like other sweets his aliment cloys by its excess; but he who deals honestly, though he often necessarily offends, possesses a power of praising that no quality but sincerity can bestow, since his words go directly to the heart, finding their support in the understanding.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Bear with me; I am hungry for revenge, And now I cloy me with beholding it.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • The night wind came whispering in, cutting through the cloy of the spilled perfume.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • The incenses and perfumes which filled the air were thick and cloying.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • The ring shimmered in the cloying air above the falls, at the edge of the void.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • The first thing I noticed was the familiar cloying smell of lemon furniture polish.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Its cloying smoke lingers as he strides to the door.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • The floral smell which he always thought pleasant at funerals now seemed cloying.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The taste was so cloying that it was all he could do to keep it down.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • They were profuse in their thanks, extravagant in their praise, cloying in their flattery.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The air was thick with the smell of them, a cloying cidery scent that was almost overwhelming.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • It’s a nauseatingly sweet, cloying smell, rather like mice.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The eunuch’s cloying tones were gone; now his voice was thin and sharp as a whip.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • The room smelled of sickness, a cloying odor made up in equal parts of stale sweat and medicine.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • They watched in horror as the line of toppling, crumbling Grandfathers overtook the lamplight, filling the air with cloying, acrid dust.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
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