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  • There was a tacit understanding that Jessica would play good cop and Tyler would play bad cop.
  • We have a tacit agreement.
  • Tacitly admitting that he remembered the unmentionable, Ralph nodded to Piggy.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Then whoever is persecuting them, and all those who tacitly support this persecution, would realize that to persecute them would mean persecuting at least 10 percent of the population—including their sons, daughters, neighbors and friends—even their own parents.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Worm gagged and began to cry, which was seen as a tacit admission of guilt; the criminal who couldn’t face his own crime.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I felt that I had navigated the situation with as much grace as I had available, and no hideous repercussions to my tacit rejection seemed forthcoming.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Nathan disappeared with her most evenings and, although he returned for late duties, we tacitly gave him as much time as possible to enjoy himself.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Many of them reached a tacit consensus, which some voiced openly: Confederate soldiers had not fought for slavery; Union soldiers had not fought for its abolition.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • By tacit agreement, we avoided any mention of Frank.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I’d unboxed so much china from funeral sales and broken-up households that there was something almost unspeakably sad about the pristine, gleaming displays, with their tacit assurance that shiny new tableware promised an equally shiny and tragedy-free future.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • By tacit consent, they had adopted a plan of campaign.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • By some tacit consent, throughout the voyage little or no allusion was made to it, especially by the mates.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They exchanged a few words and made no reference to the vital subject, as though they were tacitly agreed not to speak of it for a time.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • It was a secret he would never learn, for everyone from Ellen down to the stupidest field hand was in a tacit and kindly conspiracy to keep him believing that his word was law.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A secret feud of some years’ standing was thus healed, and with a tacit reconciliation.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • By tacit agreement they ignored the remarks and insinuations of their acquaintances.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • In the tacit agreement of husband and wife to keep their estrangement a secret they behaved as would have been ordinary.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "Do you like peppermints, young sir?" required only a tacit answer when it was accompanied by a presentation of the article in question.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • ’What makes you think that, sir?’ demanded the collector, who seemed, by a tacit understanding, to have been chosen and elected mouthpiece to the company.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "Miss Neveu," Teabing said, "the Church and the Priory have had a tacit understanding for years.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Tacitly they had agreed not to kill each other.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • To his tacit engagement with Miss de Bourgh?
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The Taliban moves around these mountains; only by the unspoken approval and tacit permission of the Pashtuns, who grant them food and shelter.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The blush that rose to my own cheeks somehow set us both at ease, for it was a tacit answer to her own.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Ellsworth, however, was the ruler of the household, by a tacit, voluntary submission of both parents, though his father could never understand the cause of his own share in that submission.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But no one dared to challenge Reb Saunders’ tacit transference of power to his younger son.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • The other members of the class tacitly acknowledged their superiority, and never dreamed of trying to compete with them.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • After that he no longer made love to her with his fiddle, but they would sit for hours in the kitchen, blissfully happy in each other’s arms; it was the tacit convention of the family to know nothing of what was going on in that corner.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • As there seemed to be a tacit understanding that the Aged was not in a presentable state, and was therefore to be considered invisible, I made a pretence of being in complete ignorance of these proceedings.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Wouldn’t he see my four–month silence as a tacit acceptance of this situation?
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In the deep, tacit way in which feeling becomes stronger than thought, I had always felt that the Devon School came into existence the day I entered it, was vibrantly real while I was a student there, and then blinked out like a candle the day I left.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The art of screening out potential crank calls was by no means a perfect science, but this caller had just passed the BBC’s two tacit tests for authenticity of a phone source.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Like washable beaver hats that improve with rain, his nerves were rendered stouter and more vigorous, by showers of tears, which, being tokens of weakness, and so far tacit admissions of his own power, pleased and exalted him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Even his conduct towards Napoleon had been accepted and tacitly pardoned, as it were, by the people, the good and weakly flock who adored their emperor, but loved their bishop.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It would have involved telling him about Petra herself, and we had had a tacit understanding that the less he knew about us the less he would have to hide in case of trouble.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Our tacit treaty with Miss Maudie was that we could play on her lawn, eat her scuppernongs if we didn’t jump on the arbor, and explore her vast back lot, terms so generous we seldom spoke to her, so careful were we to preserve the delicate balance of our relationship, but Jem and Dill drove me closer to her with their behavior.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • It is said that in spite of speed regulations and in view of the frequent breakdowns of the ventilating system, it was the tacit custom of all engineers to go full speed while in the tunnel.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I had a feeling that they were going to let me in, at least—even before I told Professor Christie about the one judge’s "long time since we’ve had an Oregon country girl" comment, even before she hyperventilated because she was so convinced this was a tacit promise of admission.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • They seemed never before to have weighed much against the abundance of her husband’s kindness and a uniform devotion which had come to be tacit and self-understood.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • With an ill-will Scrooge dismounted from his stool, and tacitly admitted the fact to the expectant clerk in the Tank, who instantly snuffed his candle out, and put on his hat.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • He had expected eagerness, a kind of tacit apology; or lacking that, an acquiescence that wanted only to be wooed.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • And being of warm blood he had not the phlegm tacitly to negative any proposition by unresponsive inaction.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Has he not received a sort of tacit mandate to work persistently and assiduously for the welfare of those whose opinions he represents?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • It was as if I had seen her admiringly and tenderly embracing Dora, and tacitly reproving me, by her considerate protection, for my hot haste in fluttering that little heart.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Morrel hesitated for a moment; he feared it would be hypocritical to accost in a friendly manner the man whom he was tacitly opposing, but his oath and the gravity of the circumstances recurred to his memory; he struggled to conceal his emotion and bowed to Franz.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He had only himself to please in his choice: his fortune was his own; for as to Frank, it was more than being tacitly brought up as his uncle’s heir, it had become so avowed an adoption as to have him assume the name of Churchill on coming of age.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Yet they may have a tacit sympathy with the workings of Nature which is denied to us of the town.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The amount was significant; it may tacitly have said to her that he bought her back again.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • For it was exceeding difficult to bear in mind all the time those strange peculiarities, privileges, and unheard of exemptions, forming the tacit stipulations on Bartleby’s part under which he remained in my office.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
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