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telltale -- as in: a telltale sign
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  • But not before I see telltale redness in his eyes.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Connor waits for the telltale sting of the tranq bullet but it never comes, because the moment the bullet is fired, the boy in white takes a step back, and he’s hit in the shoulder.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • They stepped more carefully when they made it to the area Mark had indicated, and soon they were back at it, searching every square inch for a telltale sign of a trail.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • He goes to one knee beside the cot, then recoils when he sees my face, the sallow skin, the swollen lips, and the sunken bloodshot eyes that are the telltale signs of the plague.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • Beneath his scruffy beard, his face is the telltale scarlet of fever.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • We stopped, straining to hear the telltale coo of pigeons.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Once in Tarbean I saw a young girl of no more than sixteen with the telltale hollow eyes and unnaturally white teeth of the hopelessly addicted.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I also make him change from his telltale black pants and laced boots to jeans and ordinary hiking boots.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Glass darted down the unfamiliar corridor, straining her eyes for the telltale silver gleam of an air vent.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • A series of clicks startled her, followed by telltale humming.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • I smoothed his hair from the side of his face and saw the telltale tracks of stitches, perhaps from his accident.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Reynie took a look, though, and sure enough, from this spot you could just make out the telltale drapeweed and boulders behind the building.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • We knocked on the walls, listening for a telltale hollow sound; we felt for hidden seams.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Then Salva saw the telltale flick of a crocodile’s tail as it flopped into the water near the young man.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • You’ve spent your whole life being miserable, and now it’s over:’ I looked for some telltale sign that she understood.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Naturally, they didn’t find a note, or anything else telltale—a love letter or a photograph.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • And next thing we knew it was the middle of the night and she was delirious, out of her mind, really, and we called the doctor again and he looked down her throat and saw the telltale spots.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • A bat, metal tool, or other foreign object would have almost certainly left some sort of residue or telltale mark on the skin.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • It was possible that they would turn up a record of his ASU graduation, or some other telltale sign that he had been living in the United States, but admitting that he had been in the United States would guarantee the rejection of his application.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "Good enough," he repeats, without question this time, and the telltale flirt comes back into his voice.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • As the woman left I burst through the door with the telltale beaker.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The telltale smell of smoke filtered in through the open windows.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • God knows into what suffocating depths of discomfort I have, over the years, plunged family and friends, who out of love have tolerated my frequent seizures and have more or less successfully concealed yawns, the faint crack of jaw muscles and those telltale drops at the tear ducts signaling a death struggle with tedium.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Deep in the rock shadow, there was no telltale gleam of scales.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Now as Peter’s eyes discovered the bandaid on his neck, the telltale flicker of anger appeared.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • As always, I listen a moment, but there’s no telltale hum of electrical current running through the chain link.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • There are telltale signs: the skin loses its pinkness and fades to a jaundiced yellow.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • A thoughtful-looking fair man in military dress, his eyes bore the telltale traces of laugh lines at the corners.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • On Madam Hooch’s whistle, Harry kicked hard into the air and heard the telltale whoosh of the Bludger behind him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • But suddenly, after the telltale haircut . nothing.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • I am fond of Mr. Poe and his telltale Raven: Erom Reven!Mother is the one who notices, and tells naught.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He listened for soldiers as he waited, scanning the inky landscape for the telltale flash of torches.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The handle of the telltale teaspoon was visible under the bed-valance.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • By the time the snow melted and the rains of spring swept in, every boy in Kabul bore telltale horizontal gashes on his fingers from a whole winter of fighting kites.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He watched for telltale clues, any remark or action that could not be explained.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • There had been nothing telltale about any of them, nothing signifying their use as a return portal.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • His age was beginning to show, his one sign of inner turmoil, the strong line of his jaw melted a little, one became aware of telltale creases forming under his ears, one noticed not his jet-black hair but the gray patches growing at his temples.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "I’m no telltale, Anne Shirley, and anyhow I was just as much to blame as you."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She turned aside, but not fast enough to hide her expression from him, or the telltale shine in her eyes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • A few months later off the coast of Syria, I recaptured a few specimens of my fish, adorned with their telltale rings.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He expected to encounter an obstacle at any moment; his worst fear was Peeves, and he strained his ears with every step to hear the first, telltale signs of the poltergeist’s approach.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Even Beatrice wasn’t sure, turning the viewfinder sideways and upside down as she tried in vain to identify a telltale part of owl anatomy.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • And one of the most telltale things is that the classic autistic individual will laugh out loud and find it to be this moment of real physical comedy.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Whatever had caused this wound—a narrow, flat object about two inches wide—had left its telltale outline behind in the deceased man’s head.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • I didn’t know that drug fiends were still making use of those abandoned buildings for activities that would’ve blown my mind, or that the swollen hands on the man leaning against a telephone pole by himself—eyes flickering, head nodding—were telltale signs of needle injections.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • He’s sure they’re armed, and he spots telltale bulges on each with his trained eye.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Up close his skin bore the telltale dark traceries of hunger.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • "Remember, Duncan, how necessary your safety is to our own—how you bear a father’s sacred trust—how much depends on your discretion and care—in short," she added, while the telltale blood stole over her features, crimsoning her very temples, "how very deservedly dear you are to all of the name of Munro."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • While his motivation remained a mystery, Langdon had glimpsed a telltale shimmer of gold on the man’s hand—a Masonic ring—the double-headed phoenix and the number 33.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • And through these rooms the guests ran, drunk at last, among the robot fantasies, amid the Dormice and Mad Hatters, the Trolls and Giants, the Black Cats and White Queens, and under their dancing feet the floor gave off the massive pumping beat of a hidden and telltale heart.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
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