A permanent solution has proven elusive, but we expect to have one by the end of the month.
an elusive memory
an elusive award
What are these elusive and ephemeral things that ignite passion in the human heart?
Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman
an elusive animal
The fox-faced girl from District 5 sly and elusive.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
As long as Buttercup feels he has the chance of catching the elusive light under his paws, he’s bristling with aggression.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
sniffing to catch an elusive scent
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
There— she had it, an elusive slip of memory.
Jane Yolen -- The Devils Arithmetic
More than anything, he wanted Martha to love him as he loved her, but the letters were mostly chatty, elusive on the matter of love.
Tim O’Brien -- The Things They Carried
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New beekeepers are told that the way to find the elusive queen is by first locating her circle of attendants.
Sue Monk Kidd -- The Secret Life of Bees
I wish I were with you now, holding your hand and watching for your elusive smile.
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
it was owned by elusive mega-millionaire Horace Derwent,
Stephen King -- The Shining
the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel had proved elusive once more;
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
I fear this monster may be more elusive.
Rick Riordan -- The Titan’s Curse
In defense, the rabbit becomes sly and frightened and elusive and he digs holes and hides when the wolf is about.
Ken Kesey -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
She hoped for Ben’s sake that he would also come to remember him that way, without guilt and with the certain knowledge of Keith’s love for him, so elusive in his life to that point.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Lucky One
Half a dozen men in long cloaks stood silent and watchful, gazing as ever at houses eleven and thirteen, but the thing for which they were waiting still appeared elusive.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
All afternoon he’d been fretting about those elusive cottonmouth moccasins, wondering why the reptile wrangler hadn’t been able to find them.
Carl Hiassen -- Hoot
I started to smell something. It was rich and sweet, delicious, and elusive. Automatically, I inhaled deeply, still trying to concentrate on...
P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast -- Marked
...and after days and nights of discussion, chasing this elusive hope or that, ...
Joy Kogawa -- Obasan
All these things were slippery and elusive.
Susanna Kaysen -- Girl Interrupted
In Swansboro, Officer Jennifer Romanello spent the evening learning what she could about the elusive Robert Bonham.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Guardian
I suppose if I were to try to stick a pin through that most elusive spot "the happiest days of my life," that strange winter on the Portia Sue with my father would have to be indicated.
Katherine Paterson -- Jacob Have I Loved
Countless arteries stretch to the ends of its elusive body, circulating a continuous supply of fresh blood cells, sending out new data and collecting the old,
Haruki Murakami -- After Dark
He says he was trying to remember a Tchaikovsky piece he once knew quite well, but now it is as elusive as the meaning of a dream.
Steve Lopez -- The Soloist
The most elusive killer in modern history, a man many of us truly believe has been responsible-in one way or another-for the most tragic assassinations of our time.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Identity
He thinks back to the story he cannot bring himself to tell these people, at once as vivid and as elusive as it’s always been: the capsized train in the middle of the night, his father’s arm sticking through a window, the crumpled page of a book clutched in his fist.
Jhumpa Lahiri -- The Namesake
Everything was so pleasant that my thoughts just floated, light and elusive, in my head.
Maureen Daly -- Seventeenth Summer
It may be elusive or hidden. People may wish to disregard it. But there is such a thing as truth
Jay Allison, et al. -- This I Believe
his elusive friend Jason Bourne
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Ultimatum
...the longed-for white heron was elusive,
Sarah Jewett -- A White Heron
So you’re going to marry the elusive and powerful Roarke.
J.D. Robb -- Immortal in Death
The elusive rain shuts off suddenly, like the storm did last year in the arena.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
They argued for a short while and fell into silence again, and the elusive dance rose and fell with the wind.
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
Elusive as they are, they are the only weapon the Scholars have.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
In Danbury I had learned to hasten the days by chasing the enjoyment in them, no matter how elusive.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
But the answer remained maddeningly elusive.
Trenton Lee Stewart -- The Mysterious Benedict Society
She was elusive.
Jerry Spinelli -- Stargirl
The elusive Dorian boy, I presume.
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
She wants to help Vivian find some kind of peace, elusive and fleeting as it may be.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
But the victory, if one could call it that, was ephemeral and elusive, a brief and strident shout atop a mountain that was more noise than substance, more smoke than flames.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Besides, even as I set these reservations down, I sense an urgency, an elusive meaning in this experience and its desperate eroticism by which at least there may be significant things to be said about that sexually bedeviled era.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Wild things are elusive and wily and look out for themselves.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
The rayon and linen strips I was working with were irritatingly elusive in the dark.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
The meaning of his life was an elusive seam of water hundreds of feet below the surface, and he would periodically drop a bucket down the well, fill it, bring it up and drink from it.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
In knowing that the answers may be elusive, but they could be found.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
Sleep was elusive.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
But he was always elusive.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
Researchers raced to find what they believed to be the elusive cancer virus, with hopes of developing a vaccine to prevent it.
Rebecca Skloot -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks