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
"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.