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  • Cut off my hair, took my clothes, and put me in a pen outside with the others for a culling.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • They’d stand by and watch the culling.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • "The whole city is cull of idiots thinking they’ve been containing the virus.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • I won’t make that mistake again: The once plentiful herds of magazine writers would continue to be culled—by the Internet, by the recession, by the American public, who would rather watch TV or play video games or electronically inform friends that, like, rain sucks!
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • Cull me, Marcia had written.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • My Starburst, already culled of the orange.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • He assured her that everything that had been on-screen was publicly available, none of it embarrassing, all of it culled from things she’d posted herself, after all.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Although I had already been disabused of the truth of a good many scientifically established beliefs about wolves by my own recent experiences, I could hardly believe that the all-powerful and intelligent wolf would limit his predation on the caribou herds to culling the sick and the infirm when he could, presumably, take his choice of the fattest and most succulent individuals.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Somebody cull you for a copper?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Nobody over the age of forty had yet survived the cull.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • In it he painstakingly entered the information culled from reports the private detective delivered each day to Judge Ford’s office: photostats of birth certificates, death notices, marriage licenses, drivers’ licenses, vehicular accident reports, criminal records, hospital records, school records.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • With the candles she’d finished boxed for transport to her shop, she began to set the ones she’d culled out on shelves.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • He would use the Cup on any child he could capture, and cull out the twenty percent who survived to be his army.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • In the 1930s, America was infatuated with the pseudoscience of eugenics and its promise of strengthening the human race by culling the "unfit" from the genetic pool.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He is so gentle, yet so wise; his mind is so cultivated, and when he speaks, although his words are culled with the choicest art, yet they flow with rapidity and unparalleled eloquence.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The night was fast closing in, when he returned homeward: laden with flowers which he had culled, with peculiar care, for the adornment of the sick chamber.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The three hundred lucky guests culled from 13 and the many refugees wear their everyday clothes, the decorations are made from autumn foliage, the music is provided by a choir of children accompanied by the lone fiddler who made it out of 12 with his instrument.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • They were brandishing crude weapons culled from the debris of construction: jagged shards of glass, torn-off chunks of rebar, concrete blocks.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • ROXANE: Must I then bid thee mount to cull this flower?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Danny was hunched over the first of the five battered primers Jack had dug up by culling mercilessly through Boulder’s myriad secondhand bookshops.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Across the room from the Acutes are the culls of the Combine’s product, the Chronics.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • And do you now cull out a holiday?
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • What he had burned had been nothing more than an illusion with a title page on top , blank pages interspersed with written rejects and culls.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • "Sometimes diseased plants must be culled to preserve the whole garden," said Valentine.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • That the other part of the parliament consisted of an assembly called the House of Commons, who were all principal gentlemen, freely picked and culled out by the people themselves, for their great abilities and love of their country, to represent the wisdom of the whole nation.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • It must have been culled two weeks ago at the least.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • ’The friendliness of this gentleman,’ said Mr. Micawber to my aunt, ’if you will allow me, ma’am, to cull a figure of speech from the vocabulary of our coarser national sports — floors me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • This bunch has done been culled once up on the mesa, aint it?
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Her rising rate of breathing gave way to moans and sighs and woman-sounds that culled forth a measure of something sweet and taut within me.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Then he went and put five acres into raspberries and dumped money into that experiment—wire and cedar posts, labor to build trellises—it set them back until he figured how to cull the canes and train them to produce.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Jennifer Anne clearly had a list of talking points she had culled from the newspaper or CNN she believed would allow us to converse on a level she deemed acceptable.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • She forced herself to go out into society in order to cull its ridicules; she taught her eye to observe; she read the masterpieces of her language to discover its effects; she insinuated herself into the company of those who were celebrated for their conversation.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • It was to this effect: In the case of a war-ship short of hands whose speedy sailing was imperative, the deficient quota in lack of any other way of making it good, would be eked out by draughts culled direct from the jails.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The seriousness of such an occasion is directly proportionate to the number of bodily emissions you are asked to cull for analysis.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Florence could think of no adventure, or even any news culled from the wire, that could compete with telling off Kitty Offenhaus—except her experience with Randy Bragg.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • NORMAN COUSINS had gone to work in New York on the Maidens idea, and in late 1954 Dr. Arthur Barsky, the chief of plastic surgery at both Mount Sinai and Beth Israel hospitals, and Dr. William Hitzig, an internist on the Mount Sinai staff and Cousins’ personal physician, arrived in Hiroshima to cull from among the Maidens those whose prospects for transformation by surgery were best.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The new crop of horses coming into the barn was a big one, and the stable string had to be culled.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Centuries of husbandry, decades of diligent culling, the work of numerous hearts and hands, have gone into the hackling, sorting, and spinning of this tightly twisted yarn.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • In a dozen years sudden death culled the city of dilettantes until only the Shrike and I remained.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The term comes from the fourteenth-century French trier, "to pick or cull," and was first used to describe the sorting of wool according to its quality.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • From what she culled from the media she built a picture of its participants.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Mrs. Hatch swam in a haze of indeterminate enthusiasms, of aspirations culled from the stage, the newspapers, the fashion journals, and a gaudy world of sport still more completely beyond her companion’s ken.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She had begun as he had, with good looks and an excitable temperament, and the rest was the result of accessible popular novels and dressing-room conversation culled from a slightly older set.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Not even courtesans: —creatures taken at childhood, culled and chosen and raised more carefully than any white girl, any nun, than any blooded mare even, by a person who gives them the unsleeping care and attention which no mother ever gives.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Into it each crab pot will be emptied and from it the legal-sized crabs—hard, peeler, and soft—will be culled from their smaller kin as well as from the blowfish, sea nettles, seaweed, shells, and garbage, all such unwelcome harvest as the Bay seems ever generous to offer up.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • I accepted all the gifts-the tables, the earthenware jugs-though I could not possibly carry them with me, and culled for travel only a small copper cooking bowl.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • He had spread every scrap of information he could cull from the files to every post in Europe, placed agents in the Paris-London-Amsterdam axis on alert.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The old put wanted to make a parson of me, but d—n me, thinks I to myself, I’ll nick you there, old cull; the devil a smack of your nonsense shall you ever get into me.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • These were not scheduled, but were called as needed, and were held to discuss national matters such as a drought, the culling of cattle, policies ordered by the magistrate, or new laws decreed by the government.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • With the Bible she had been early made familiar by her mother, and she now turned from passage to passage with surprising rapidity, taking care to cull such verses as taught the sublime lessons of Christian charity and Christian forgiveness.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
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