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  • Her tweets are terse and insightful.
  • Her report is short, terse, and easy to understand.
  • She doesn’t care for his terse manner.
  • "She’ll be back in twenty-five minutes," the clerk said tersely.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot

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  • "Now listen," he said tersely.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • She delivers a terse speech from a raised dais, and when it comes time to take our oaths to the Empire, I only know to stand because everyone around me does.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • George shows up about twenty minutes later—sheepish, tense, a terse excuse about work, Insley snapping at him, "You’re forty minutes late," him nipping back, "Yeah, sorry about making us money."
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "What’s going on?" jace demanded tersely.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • We are a terse people.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • And the next day, the email from Mia was a terse two sentences, something about orchestra getting very intense.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • "Get out of here," he said tersely.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "Mae," he said, his voice terse, "this is Kalden.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She spoke tersely, as if wishing to put the topic behind us as quickly as possible.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Nora explained tersely that she needed me to fly out the next day, carrying cash to be dropped off in Brussels.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The pages contained a tersely worded order from Judge Norton denying us relief.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Kote nodded and gave terse instructions that he not be disturbed for the rest of the night.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "It is true," she said tersely, slinging her forearm over her face.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She took one look at the situation and said tersely, "Call her mother."
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • "Sorry about that," she said tersely.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Her uncle’s terse petitions were hard enough to endure; this prayer, she knew, would be a lengthy masterpiece.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "Lady Kaltain," Dorian said tersely, his body tensing.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • My apologies for the terse instructions.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • "He’s doing, sir," Puller replied tersely.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I said tersely.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He replied tersely to a few questions from the men present.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • After terse preliminaries in Russian, a baby-faced curly-headed teenager climbed out of the driver’s seat and was greeted, by Boris, with a slap on the cheek and a jaunty seven note whistle: On the Good Ship Lollipop.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • After requesting breakfast in a terse voice, he leaned back, hands clasped behind his head.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I whispered, and got a terse, "Sh-h!"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Percy said tersely, fingering his prefect badge.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • His expression is calm, but he’s angry—the terseness in his voice betrays him.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • A week later Westerberg received a terse card with a Montana postmark: april18.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "We need weapons," Jace said tersely.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • "Tobias," I say tersely.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Such terse responses to Mommy were unheard of.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • We all exchange terse nods then focus our attention on the temporary stage that is set up before the Justice Building.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • On the television, we watch a terse Head Peacekeeper lay out specific rules regarding how many people per square foot each resident will be expected to take in.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Vernet snapped, his accented English terse now.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • At half past, he heard Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia conversing in terse mutters in the living room.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The second policeman’s opinion of Kemp was terse and vivid.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • This moral mystery seemed too much for the company until Mr. Hubble tersely solved it by saying, "Naterally wicious."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I’m not acting,I replied tersely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The explanation was terse, clipped, and simple.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • With a few terse words, he told her what had happened while he searched his saddlebags for the rags in which Zar’roc had been wrapped.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I nodded tersely.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He whittled and listened, gave monosyllabic replies, and, when it was asked, terse advice.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • He quickly realized that they were not under attack and gave Nasuada a terse greeting.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "Locker rooms," said Wood tersely.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The style of the letter was decidedly concise and terse; but Tom thought it the most wonderful specimen of composition that had appeared in modern times.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "Keep to the main trail—we’re almost to the Quileute border," Edward ordered tersely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • She slapped the match out of my hand as I bent to light it, then pulled out the green sticks one by one with a potholder, explaining tersely that the smoke alone would have killed us all.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
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