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  • an exhaustive study
  • this opportunity which my exhaustive investigation has shown to be...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • There, my research was exhaustive.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • There is a part of books specifically designed for the very long and the very boring, and that part is called "The Appendix," which is precisely where one can find a semi-exhaustive explanation of the math invoked herein.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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  • When I was eighteen I spent a summer doing field work in the company of another mammalogist, seventy years of age, who was replete with degrees and whose towering stature in the world of science had been earned largely by an exhaustive study of uterine scars in shrews.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Now Oscar turned in an in-depth, exhaustively documented report on bean sprouts in English.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Hoss’s thought process, far from inept, was also as exhaustive and as unimaginatively single-minded as the snout of an anteater and brooked few deviations.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • …long, obsessive, homesick letters which have the tone of being written to a mother alive and anxiously waiting for news of me, letters describing where I was "staying" (never living) and the people I was "staying with," letters detailing exhaustively what I ate and drank and wore and watched on television, what books I read, what games I played, what movies I saw, things the Barbours did and said and things Dad and Xandra did and said—these epistles (dated and signed, in a careful…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It’s a hard, tough, thinking man’s game, and the test is exhaustive.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Nor were there any Nobel Prize winners in his exhaustively selected group of geniuses.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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  • He is exhaustively searched before being let into the visitors’ area.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • She obviously had a practical cunning which Winston lacked, and she seemed also to have an exhaustive knowledge of the countryside round London, stored away from innumerable community hikes.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The royal bloodline of Jesus Christ has been chronicled in exhaustive detail by scores of historians.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It was not until his adventures had been exhaustively analyzed that the bald man began to withdraw from Eragon’s mind.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Once the diary was proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, to be genuine, it was published in its entirety, along with the results of an exhaustive study.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • She referred to documentation in an exhaustive appendix, including photographs of the thirteen-year-old girl in the company of the subject.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Since I have undertaken to manhandle this Leviathan, it behooves me to approve myself omnisciently exhaustive in the enterprise; not overlooking the minutest seminal germs of his blood, and spinning him out to the uttermost coil of his bowels.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In the campus book store, tucked away on the bottom shelf of the Alaska section, he came across a scholarly, exhaustively researched field guide to the region’s edible plants,Tanaina Plantlore/Dena’ina K’et’una: An Ethnobotany of the Dena’ina Indians of Southcentral Alaska by Priscilla Russell Kari.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Prior to the trial, at which Andrews pleaded innocent by reason of insanity, the psychiatric staff of the Menninger Clinic conducted an exhaustive examination of the accused; this produced a diagnosis of "schizophrenia, simple type."
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • At the sight of papers of all sorts,—titles, contracts, parchments, which were kept in the archives of the family, all descending from the poisoned cardinal, I in my turn examined the immense bundles of documents, like twenty servitors, stewards, secretaries before me; but in spite of the most exhaustive researches, I found—nothing.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The former involves covering as much material as possible, without attempting to wrest from it all its implications and intricacies; the latter involves confining oneself to one single area until it is exhaustively covered, and then going on to new material.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • And the truth is that our unconscious is really good at this, to the point where thin-slicing often delivers a better answer than more deliberate and exhaustive ways of thinking.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Though his room on V Street, his one private place, was often a mess, he always has been neatly dressed and exhaustively scrubbed in public.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Paul knew that even an exhaustive analysis would turn up precious few traces of blood , his car had spent most of the spring with snowmelt running through it at flood-speed.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • He was kicked out of prep school, partied hard with the "celebrati," and shunned his parents’ exhaustive attempts to provide him firm and loving guidance.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The president of the republic sent him a telegram of condolence in which he promised an exhaustive investigation and paid homage to the dead men.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • In the past few years, these "chippers"— as they have been dubbed — have been exhaustively studied, with the bulk of the work being done by University of Pittsburgh psychologist Saul Shiftman.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The field near by had been denuded of its crop some time before, and had a skinned look, so exhaustively had it been harvested and gleaned.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Nightfall found him leg-weary, half-famished, and his desire as far from accomplishment as ever; so he supped at the Tabard Inn and went to bed, resolved to make an early start in the morning, and give the town an exhaustive search.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • But the purpose here isn’t exhaustively to analyze the motorcycle.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • At this point Ippolit Kirillovitch broke off to discuss exhaustively the suspected connection of Smerdyakov with the murder.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • How exhaustive and unpleasant such a process would be, he saw even more vividly after his two hours’ talk with poor Dorset.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She stood over Kim till they went down, and inquired exhaustively after they had come up.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Woolf’s phenomenal success came partly from God-given gifts, partly from experience, and partly from exhaustive study.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • See," continued the Vicar, opening several small drawers, "I fancy I have made an exhaustive study of the entomology of this district.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Dante’s Divina Commedia is an exhaustive review of the stages: "Inferno," the misery of the spirit bound to the prides and actions of the flesh; "Purgatorio," the process of transmuting fleshly into spiritual experience; "Paradiso," the degrees of spiritual realization.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • In 1860, Dougherty County had six thousand slaves, worth at least two and a half millions of dollars; its farms were estimated at three millions,—making five and a half millions of property, the value of which depended largely on the slave system, and on the speculative demand for land once marvellously rich but already partially devitalized by careless and exhaustive culture.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • They were addressed by a congressman who had just returned from an exhaustive three-months study of the finances, ethnology, political systems, linguistic divisions, mineral resources, and agriculture of Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Jugoslavia, and Bulgaria.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • These things cannot be reasoned about, and I very earnestly entreat you not to return to the subject we discussed so exhaustively.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Svensson had discussed Zala exhaustively with source G. (Gulbrandsen?) and suggested that Zala may have been responsible for the murder of Irina P. There was no saying what G. thought about this theory, but there was a note to the effect that Zala had been on the agenda a year earlier at a meeting with "the special investigative group on organized crime."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • In vain I compressed the whole landscape into my field of vision, draining it with an exhaustive gaze which sought to extract from it a female creature.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • She had questioned over three dozen people extensively, exhaustively.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • In anticipation of that day, Valborg Svensson had laid exhaustive plans.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • The Savak is engaged at this very moment in an exhaustive search through the archives.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • He went on to compile an exhaustive brief on the case to bring the new counsel up to date.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Press coverage had been exhaustive, taking up most of the front page of the daily newspapers.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Naturally I did an exhaustive check on my crops, and they’re all healthy.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • She gushed over every detail I’d provided her with, so I sent back another exhaustive description of my day.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • It is anything but an exhaustive treatise upon the subject; it is not even an exhaustive examination of the materials.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Eventually I would understand that she didn’t mean the list as exhaustive, something complete, in any way the sum of my character or nature.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
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