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  • She hates positive thinking palaver.
  • The website gets past the usual palaver and tells what it is really like to attend each college.
  • if she’d give in to any such smooth-tongued palaver.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Don’t stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there’s a fish on the lines for breakfast.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • Anyhow, after some palavering among the bench, the Prosecutor, and my counsel, the presiding judge announced that the court would now rise; there was an adjournment till the afternoon, when evidence would be taken.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Some of these palavers could take half a day.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • So after a great deal of palaver and good-natured argument, we reached what might be called a compromise.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I did not come here to palaver.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He often asked them to hold such palavers, as he called them.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • "Come, come, Captain Bildad; stop palavering,—away!" and with that, Peleg hurried him over the side, and both dropt into the boat.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Well, there’s no time to palaver when it’s a national emergency.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • "And now our palaver is finished," I said.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Probably nothing to all the palaver about her.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Frances pulled his hair heartily, and then went and seated herself on her husband’s knee, and there they were, like two babies, kissing and talking nonsense by the hour — foolish palaver that we should be ashamed of.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The girl glanced back at him over her shoulder and said with great bitterness: "The men that is now is only all palaver and what they can get out of you."
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Master Pedro did not care to engage in any more palaver with Don Quixote, whom he knew right well; so he rose before the sun, and having got together the remains of his show and caught his ape, he too went off to seek his adventures.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • So my ’Footnote’ deals with tactical palavers of no real importance.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • After a little palaver, Ralph said, "No problem."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • It would seem as if the very language of our parlors would lose all its nerve and degenerate into palaver wholly, our lives pass at such remoteness from its symbols, and its metaphors and tropes are necessarily so far fetched, through slides and dumb-waiters, as it were; in other words, the parlor is so far from the kitchen and workshop.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He had told me that on his last visit, he’d held palavers with the village chiefs, making sure his father was included, and had suggested that the villagers start making bricks.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Jake was not listening to the palaver very closely.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Makes me tired, his everlasting palavering and soft-soaping.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • We had a little time for palaver, in the slowness of the undeveloping winter, sitting at the lunch counter of the poolroom by the window that showed out on horse-dropped, coal-dropped, soot-sponged snow and brown circulation of mist in the four o’clock lamplight.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • As to Christian or unchristian, I repudiate your canting palavering Christianity; and as to the way in which I spend my income, it is not my principle to maintain thieves and cheat offspring of their due inheritance in order to support religion and set myself up as a saintly Killjoy.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Drouet was palavering himself with the looseness of excitement and passion.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • And yet some of these boys, as he was now informed—a certain youth in particular, who was not on the same watch with him at this time—were supposed to be of the mind that "fell for it," as one of the other youths phrased it And the talk and the palaver that went on in the lobby and the grill, to say nothing of the restaurants and rooms, were sufficient to convince any inexperienced and none-too-discerning mind that the chief business of life for any one with a little money or social…
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I heard them palavering together.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • How about making yourself scarce, mate? I want to make palaver with the folks.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Much later that night, Mebratu and Ghosh palavered over cognac and cigars.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I palavered with Bud an’ I wanted to know.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Will Jr said it was full of pointless froth, mere tiresome palaver, a tiresome rumble of symbolism.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • THE GUNSLINGER AND THE DARKMAN I The man in black led him to an ancient killing ground to make palaver.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • "Then we’ll drop him over without any palavering, unless our clerical-looking castaway has the burial service at sea by heart."
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Poyser might sit down if he liked, she thought; she wasn’t going to sit down, as if she’d give in to any such smooth-tongued palaver.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Come, come, Pathfinder, this palaver is worse than being skinned from stem to stem; we have but a few hours of sun, and had better be drifting down this said current of yours while we may.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • He was dragged into dinnerparties; and the long, vague, palavering luncheons to which a Director has to go, and the telephoning to straighten out the dates of these tortures, took nervous hours.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • At that point a certain amount of palavering ensued.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • He, Naphta, asserted this to counter the impudence with which materialistic science passed off as absolute knowledge all its astronomical bunkum and windy palaver about the "universe.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The soldiers looked at us and then looked away, refusing to enter into the palaver Ferdinand and I tried to get going.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • We got a palaver going, and beer was brought from the back MOM.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • You will palaver for me.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It was this panic that finally distinguished crew and officials, none of them in uniform, from the other people who had come in and palavered for their beer; and it meant only that the steamer was about to leave.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Meantime the palaver inside Jim’s house went on in the presence of the girl.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He must have heard the slam of the taxi door and my palaver with the driver.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Yet, here is the fact of the lighted chamber, the dressy greedy company, the small, self-interested palaver, the disorganized, aimless, wandering mental action which it represents-the love of light and show and finery which, to one outside, under the serene light of the eternal stars, and sweeping night winds, what a lamp-flower it must bloom; a strange, glittering night-flower, yielding-yielding, insect-drawing, insect-infested rose of pleasure.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • A familiar building; officials I knew and could palaver with; people whose faces I understood; one of our old disinfected taxis; the well-known lumpy road to the town, at first through bush which had distinguishing features, then past the squatters’ settlements.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It’s been quite pleasant, our little palaver, sir," I said.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • After some palaver over jurisdiction between Strängnäs and Södertälje, he wound up in the cells in Södertälje.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • He palavered her into going along
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