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  • I did a cursory search on Google and found several articles.
  • A cursory inspection failed to reveal the house’s structural flaws.
  • As they walked side by side, Peters and he, along the interminable corridors, through the cursory customs and immigration check,
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • He gave the photo a cursory glance.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner

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  • Whenever immigration authorities make even cursory attempts to enforce a 1986 law that allows employers to be fined up to $10,000 for each illegal immigrant they hire, businesses — onion farmers in Georgia, meatpacking firms in the Midwest — bitterly complain.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • My mother took one last cursory glance at her brood then led the way up the goat path; we called the path from our home to the bridge the goat path because when we ran to meet our father after his day’s work he said we looked like goats, cabroncitos, or cabritos.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • In fact, having once satisfied themselves that no egress could have been made in this quarter, they would naturally bestow here a very cursory examination.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The photographs themselves showed no landmarks, and after a cursory glance through them, Jennifer wondered how to find out more about her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Some nights, though, if she got a good idea, she rushed into Yoyo’s room, a flushed look on her face, her tablet of paper in her hand, a cursory knock on the door she’d just thrown open.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Sure enough, by the time I lifted my head a couple of minutes later to turn my attention to the teacher, a cursory check revealed everyone else was pretty much doing the same.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key

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  • Nathaniel gives the hall a cursory look, but his gaze is fixed on the stage, with the musicians filing back in from the dressing room.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • A few hours later, the first of many passersby gave it a cursory glance as they went by the window.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • She gave a cursory nod to the group before her gaze fell on Max, sitting small and hunched at the table.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Neither of the girls gave me more than a cursory one-two, which didn’t bother me.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • Elise and Kriss each gave me a cursory nod as they attempted to focus on their tasks, and I stood to leave.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • They’d done a cursory search of their surroundings and didn’t see anyone close, so they’d decided it was safe to test the new fancy weapon.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • We were subjected to a very cursory pat-down in the prison lobby by a male officer before being admitted through the barred gate to the main prison area.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • So if Mrs. Worried comes in with Pokie or Whiskers, we see the sticker, do a cursory exam, and tell them that we don’t currently see anything wrong, but we’d like to see the dog or cat in a week just to make sure.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • He hesitated, then gave the book another cursory once-over and brought out his purse.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • None of the guards gave Wells more than a cursory glance as he raised his eyes to the retina scanner, then strode through the doors.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • It was tucked far enough behind the other chips that it was easy to miss with a cursory glance, but when Cinder targeted it with the flashlight, it gleamed like polished silver.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I paid a gardener to come and keep the garden tidy, and I don’t think I gave it anything but the most cursory of looks for the best part of a year.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I made a cursory examination of the outside of the circle, but if there had ever been a fire there, someone had taken pains to remove its traces.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • After I take a shower, and Johanna sort of wipes herself down with a damp cloth, she makes a cursory inspection of the place.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The troopers made a cursory examination of the vehicle and its environs for signs of foul play and then departed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Sebastian was going through the stuff on the shelves, his long careful hands taking down object after object, subjecting them to a cursory inspection, and placing them back on the shelf.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • He then took a cursory view of the present state of the science and explained many of its elementary terms.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I noticed these objects cursorily only — in them there was nothing extraordinary.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • With a cursory glance at this square, however, his sixth sense was already tingling.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • After a cursory glance at the rest of the rooms, from basement to attic, we came to the conclusion that the dining room contained any effects which might belong to the Count.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But excepting two odd incidents, the circumstances of his stay until the extraordinary day of the club festival may be passed over very cursorily.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Anywhere else in Chicago he would have stood a good chance of being arrested; but the policemen in Packingtown were apparently used to these informal movings, and contented themselves with a cursory examination now and then.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Martin Vanger was interviewed in a cursory fashion.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Even a cursory glance through Da Vinci’s journals revealed why the luminary was as notorious for his lack of follow-through as he was famous for his brilliance.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Though I had no idea what I should be looking for, I opened the envelope and gave the contents a cursory glance.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Hagrid stooped down, bestowed upon Harry a cursory and rib-cracking hug, then ran back to the shattered window.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Nevertheless, we will remark cursorily, there is still an abyss between these races of men and the hideous assassin of the towns.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Her fingers, on his shoulder, had noticed that his T-shirt was damp, but they had not bothered reporting the information to her brain in more than a cursory way.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • His first cursory glance had taken in the shelves with their stacks of folded sheets and pillowcases and washcloths and towels.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • —Shakespeare While one of the lovely beings we have so cursorily presented to the reader was thus lost in thought, the other quickly recovered from the alarm which induced the exclamation, and, laughing at her own weakness, she inquired of the youth who rode by her side: "Are such specters frequent in the woods, Heyward, or is this sight an especial entertainment ordered on our behalf?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Cedric waves and offers a cursory hello as he passes.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Oh, I am only a layman—and I have only taken a very cursory glance at it.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Thinking begets thinking; as there were no sounds of Mrs. Corney’s approach, it occured to Mr. Bumble that it would be an innocent and virtuous way of spending the time, if he were further to allay his curiousity by a cursory glance at the interior of Mrs. Corney’s chest of drawers.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • In Pakistan, meetings with high officials, even cursory meetings, meant, at minimum, being escorted to a chair and offered tea.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • She accepted these terms, and slid off on the near side, though not till he had stolen a cursory kiss.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The roof is about twelve feet high, and runs to a pretty sharp angle, as if there were a regular ridge-pole there; while these ribbed, arched, hairy sides, present us with those wondrous, half vertical, scimetar-shaped slats of whalebone, say three hundred on a side, which depending from the upper part of the head or crown bone, form those Venetian blinds which have elsewhere been cursorily mentioned.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Marine correspondent Keyes Beech’s cursory investigation had identified only one flagraiser on the boat: Rene Gagnon.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • They glanced cursorily at the pictures, and proceeded to the band-stand.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • But there was more in that tent than met the cursory glance; and the man, with the instinct of a perverse character, scented it quickly.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • There were certain passages in the plays that she would compass some day, simply, easily, and with secret joy, because they alluded to the new rich wisdom of her heart; but her treatment of such passages became more and more cursory, not to say embarrassed.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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