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  • I can deft the bosses as long as they deb us.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • He felt his stomach clench as he realized how deftly Isabelle had deflected his questions and distracted him with kissing, and he felt stupid.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • His mom sat so that Eleanor could see, then deftly drew a line along Park’s eyelashes.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • But these — " and here I deftly extracted some threadlike nematode worms, each ten or more inches in length, from the dissected lungs — "these have been found in men: in fact enough of them will choke a man to death in a very little while."
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • The bald man behind the bar gathered up the coins and deftly poured wine into Skarpi’s wide clay cup.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Mom took the CD, dug down in her purse for a moment, gave Mrs. Billups a five-dollar bill, and deftly snapped the disc in half.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Treena leaned across and began slicing at Granddad’s plate with deft strokes.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • In one deft motion she plucked the wool from the teeth and rolled it into a fluffy ball.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Or are you as deft at handling your sword as Captain Westfall?
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Before total darkness, he had skinned them, deftly cutting meat from their sides.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay

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  • With a clawlike hand she pushed the hat up on Mrs Whatsit’s forehead, untangled the stole from the tree, and with a deft gesture took the sheet and folded it.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Dunwoody had quickly learned that Mr. Barlowe was an enterprising gentleman who generated large streams of revenue and who required an attorney with a creative mind and a deft touch in order to dissuade curious institutional minds from examining his affairs too closely.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I sink into a chair at their table, order a gin fizz at the waiter’s suggestion, and concentrate on Dutchy’s fingers, which I can see from where I’m sitting, deftly skimming the piano keys.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • She raised the scissors and deftly cut the pants leg open.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • He studied the house, figured I was the reason for his discomfort, waited until I was walking across the yard, and lifted my kneecap as deftly as a surgeon.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Father, his jeweler’s glass in his eye, was bent over the shoulder of the newest apprentice, deftly selecting an infinitesimal part from the array before them on the workbench.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • His voice took on the syrupy synthetic tones of deepest Dixieland—an accent, though, to my sleep-drugged but responsive ears, that was the product of remarkably deft mimicry.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Thank you," I say, and he looks at my drawings, picking them up by the corners with his deft, bitten fingers.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Mrs. Fitz scooped it up deftly, bending easily despite her bulk, and dropped it back in the bowl.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • When he flicked his brush, his deftness was practiced and reflexive, weirdly unsettling.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A Sentinel tosses him a handgun, and he catches it deftly, putting a finger to the trigger.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Scarred, as mine were before the Capitol erased all marks from my skin, but strong and deft.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • So her deft fingers tuck pieces of my hair into one braid that tickles the middle of my spine.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • This one had a switch, which the man deftly snapped to the end that said OFF.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • I guess she’s grown deft at hiding her feelings.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • —he displayed deft skills as a bureaucratic obstructionist that further belied his reputation as a simpleton.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He stepped off his board onto a boulder, and deftly climbed to a spot that lay shadowed in the setting sun.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • She stiffened as he put his hand to her throat and deftly undid the knot with a few motions, then unwrapped the scarf.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The dress came down to her ankles, and her strong, broad, bare feet moved quickly and deftly over the floor.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Evidently it surprised her as much as it did me, for she yawned and with a series of rapid, deft movements stood up into the room.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Men would deftly pass contraband, or the men bearing it, around during the searches, while the guards’ backs were turned.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Deftly he propelled him down the aisle toward the other man.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • He proceeded then, swiftly and deftly, to carry out his intent.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Sometimes he decided that a yam was too big to be sown as one seed and he split it deftly along its length with his sharp knife.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • I try to focus on the talk, which has turned to our interview costumes, when a girl sets a gorgeous-looking cake on the table and deftly lights it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • January 21 then deftly passes the puck to his teammate December 20, wow!
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I watch his feet move to the center of the room, and his hands, steady as they accept the knife from Marcus, are deft as one presses the knife into the other.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Milo made a deft grimace of tribulation and turned away.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • If he moved quickly, this impending disaster could be deftly sidestepped.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • After a moment of deftly fingering the attachments in the back, the bra fell apart.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Kino deftly slipped his knife into the edge of the shell.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Those thews ran not through base blocks of land wood, but deftly travelled over sheaves of sea-ivory.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Come, high or low; Thyself and office deftly show!
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • "How deftly you downplay your charms," said the Queen with a laugh.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • She went to the table, set down the tray, and with her plump white hands deftly took from it the bottles and various hors d’oeuvres and dishes and arranged them on the table.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Without any preliminaries, he picked up the cat, turned him over on his back, deftly held his head and paws and began the lesson.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The woman deftly plucks out the few she needs, and then presses into Orleanna’s hand a gift: the tiny wooden okapi, perfectly carved.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • They are quick of hearing and sharp-eyed, and though they are inclined to be fat and do not hurry unnecessarily, they are nonetheless nimble and deft in their movements.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • With a few deft movements, he made a noose and slipped it over the dragon’s head as it explored the snowy clumps surrounding the tree.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The four Alpha Romeos slipped deftly into traffic surrounding St. Peter’s Square.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
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