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  • Her reasoning is tenuous at best.
  • a tenuous thread
  • That vision, faint and tenuous as it was, had kept him from thinking of other women.
    Wharton, Edith  --  The Age of Innocence
  • And the whole place seemed so tenuous, so temporary.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • A tenuous and sudden memory.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He balked around for a while, said it was all a question of balancin’ the equities or something, that I was in an interesting but tenuous position.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I had only the most tenuous idea of what might happen next, but I knew that I would have to be brave.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Either one would provide only the most tenuous sympathetic link to my lute string: one percent at best, perhaps only a tenth of that.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The Hickeys were both new to the business, not just to selling medical supplies but to selling anything, and their one tenuous qualification for the work was that they were formerly EMS workers, partners in fact, driving an ambulance together down in the city.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Two, she has a place however tense and tenuous at the moment—to live.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • Your own position is very tenuous, you know.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Its link to the rest of France is tenuous: a causeway, a bridge, a spit of sand.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Viola Buckner, an island matriarch and an important bridge in the tenuous relationship between blacks and whites on the island, left home during the summer for an operation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • On May 28, following two and a half months of prodigious effort, a high camp was dug tenuously into the Southeast Ridge at 27,900 feet.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • I needed to know if he had a connection to the guy in the ski mask, no matter how tenuous.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • I mooned about looking at her things, wondering where she was and what she was doing and trying hard to feel connected to her by such tenuous threads as a red hair in the bathtub drain or a balled-up sock under the sofa.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The island was nothing more than a sandy spit, connected to shore by a tenuous thread of bamboo slats.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Our conditions more tenuous.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The situation at home had become even more tenuous.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Clearly hoping to contain her tenuous hair situation, she plants one hand on her head as she crosses to the ball that contains the boys’ names and grabs the first slip she encounters.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Melanie strained against my control, and my control was tenuous anyway.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He hovered tenuously between life and death for three days.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Is it every guy’s dream to take something so tenuous and make it totally, solidly his?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Having Seth there would be nice—a link, however tenuous, to my missing best man.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Most of them I had rarely seen at the house, and I understood that they were clocking in an appearance more to pay respect to Mr. Wandati’s matronly mother than to see the reclusive sick man with whom they had but a tenuous connection.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Unfortunately, my power is tenuous.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • A vigil to which no one had been invited, and no one knew if anyone else would be there; a vigil born of pure friendship and concern, which started with such melancholy prophesies of doom and tenuous hopes, but ended on the sunlit uplands of answered prayers.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • His link with Saphira grew ever more tenuous the farther apart they became, until only a wisp of thought connected them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I almost felt like he was there in my room with me, but in a way it was better, like I was not in my room and he was not in his, but instead we were together in some invisible and tenuous third space that could only be visited on the phone.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • The effect produced on Frome was rather of a complete absence of atmosphere, as though nothing less tenuous than ether intervened between the white earth under his feet and the metallic dome overhead.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Then Yossarian had McWatt climb and keep climbing higher and higher until they tore free finally into a calm, diamond-blue sky that was sunny and pure everywhere and laced in the distance with long white veils of tenuous fluff.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • When you live for the fight, for the blood, the relationships you form are tenuous and easily broken.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Hall viewed his own association with Wildfire as tenuous at best.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • This was too tenuous a basis for Kant.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • That vision, faint and tenuous as it was, had kept him from thinking of other women.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Her last tie, however tenuous, to her mother.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • There’s an episode in a newspaper office, for instance, which parallels Odysseus’s visit to Aeolus, the god of the winds, but the parallel may seem pretty tenuous.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But he did not expect his companions to share such a tenuous emotion.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Maybe it’s all the small things— like being guided slowly forward, surely, day after day-that stretch out to strengthen even the most tenuous bond.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • She hadn’t known the older woman well, but Madeleine had been a tenuous connection to her mother—her real mother, the tough, fighting Shadowhunter that Clary had never known.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • The air of the late March evening made clear their flight, their dark quivering bodies flying clearly against the sky as against a limp-hung cloth of smoky tenuous blue.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • For a week, almost without speaking, they went ahead like sleepwalkers through a universe of grief, lighted only by the tenuous reflection of luminous insects, and their lungs were overwhelmed by a suffocating smell of blood.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • As children, we never knew how tenuous our existence was.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Those tenuous, tentative first life-impressions have scattered like reflections in a pond under the swirling hand of an older brother or sister saying, I remember the day you ate the rat poison, Carlos, or, I remember the day you fell down the stairs….
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • I was sick, enervated, depressed, losing my tenuous hold on reality.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He felt that the real Lily was still there, close to him, yet invisible and inaccessible; and the tenuity of the barrier between them mocked him with a sense of helplessness.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He faced me and in his hands he held a sheet of paper that had once been crimson, but was now pink and tenuous and cross-sectioned.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • Nasser had had no luck explaining that legions of immigrants kept their money in cash, that trust in banks was tenuous.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • She hadn’t moved from the couch even after she’d stopped crying, feeling somehow that the slightest movement would shatter her tenuous composure.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • "That would be because you’ve still got a tenuous grasp of sanity."
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
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