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  • She has a persistent cough.
  • It is the kind of problem that can be solved if we are persistent in our efforts.
  • The forecast is for persistent heavy rains.
  • "My mouse dance taught me that a mouse is persistent and bold," he said.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • A persistent whine, like the insects only more steady with an edge of a roar to it, was in his ears...
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • I followed him over a low whitewashed railroad fence, and we walked back a hundred yards along the road under Doctor Eckleburg’s persistent stare.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The thing inside the bundle of robes on the ground was stirring more persistently, as though it was trying to free itself.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • One did not know what happened inside the Ministry of Love, but it was possible to guess: tortures, drugs, delicate instruments that registered your nervous reactions, gradual wearing-down by sleeplessness and solitude and persistent questioning.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It was as though a flame had been lit inside him that nothing, not Hermione’s flat disbelief nor Ron’s persistent doubts, could extinguish.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • She plunged her nails into the side of his neck and gouged as he worked his way up the supple, full hills and ledges of her rounded body until he covered her completely and pressed her into submission, his fingers pursuing her thrashing arm persistently until they arrived at the wine bottle finally and wrenched it free.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • As the service proceeded, the clergyman drew such pictures of the graces, the winning ways, and the rare promise of the lost lads that every soul there, thinking he recognized these pictures, felt a pang in remembering that he had persistently blinded himself to them always before, and had as persistently seen only faults and flaws in the poor boys.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Prime Minister did not know what to say to this, but a persistent habit of wishing to appear well-informed on any subject that came up made him cast around for any details he could remember of their previous conversations.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • There is a patience of the wild—dogged, tireless, persistent as life itself—that holds motionless for endless hours the spider in its web, the snake in its coils, the panther in its ambuscade; this patience belongs peculiarly to life when it hunts its living food; and it belonged to Buck as he clung to the flank of the herd, retarding its march, irritating the young bulls, worrying the cows with their half-grown calves, and driving the wounded bull mad with helpless rage.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Ignoring their tiresome humming (he likened himself in his imagination to one of the suitors of the Maiden of Mátsaki, unmoved and persistent among the winged vermin), the Savage dug at what was to be his garden.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • They alone were deaf to that persistent voice ... admonishing them, if they would be good and win, as I suppose, some shiny prize, to keep within certain limits which the gentleman in question thinks suitable—
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • The Minister’s statement was met with dismay and alarm from the wizarding community, which as recently as last Wednesday was receiving Ministry assurances that there was "no truth whatsoever in these persistent rumours that You-Know-Who is operating amongst us once more."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • All the cars have the left rear wheel painted black as a mourning wreath, and there’s a persistent wail all night along the north shore.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Cole swatted at the persistent mosquitoes and studied the bay.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Momma persistently using the wrong verb, or none at all.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The wind had blown off, leaving a loud, bright night, with wings beating in the trees and a persistent organ sound as the full bellows of the earth blew the frogs full of life.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • But she was persistent.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Persistent and stubborn—like it was alive.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Sophia sighed, knowing how persistent Marcia could be.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She was kicking against his grip, but he was persistent, holding her tighter, saying, "Baby, stop.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • In her seduction of me, she was both persistent and patient.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The brutal era of sharecropping and Jim Crow was ending, but what followed was persistent unemployment and worsening poverty.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • But Gabby was nothing if not persistent, and she started making small changes anyway.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The ammonia smell of bone-tar wafted up from the grate, faint but persistent.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • That time in Sunny’s bathroom, trying to rub out a persistent cloudy stain in the vanity, I somehow cracked the mirror, and my fingers began bleeding from the edges of the spidery glass.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It has the only flesh that can be kept down by a persistently vomiting patient and is administered to pregnant women for morning sickness.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I don’t know why I’m so worried about a small-time reporter, but he’d been persistent—too persistent.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • "Go ahead," said Levana, a persistent warmth behind her gaze.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The noise just got louder and more persistent.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The bug sprawled untidily on a mound of squashed letters and Tock, his alarm ringing persistently, was buried under a pile of words.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • The persistent smell of the guavas filled their noses.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Several feet away the persistent sun made amber roads of shimmering sunlight upon the pond.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Mr. McLellan was a persistent reporter.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • It’s really persistent."
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • And ridiculous as it is, I can’t shake the persistent, needling feeling that I’ve forgotten something, or missed something, or lost something forever.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • A rumor, persistent and enlightening, said that she and her husband made some of the best moonshine in the lowcountry during the bootleggers’ heyday.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "It’s what we call one of the more …. persistent skip tracers," he continued.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Drawing away slightly from the mirror, she caught a narcissistic gleam of her familiar beauty, dwelling persistently beneath the white mask, and this gave her a long moment of comfort.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Then she realized the persistent boom ba-boom was all around them, resonating through the stone and the air.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He had been to the Castle only a few days before to see whether I could treat a persistent felon on his thumb.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But my efforts to put him off had only made him more determined that I should share in the profits; the more I tried to brush off his offer, the more persistent he grew; with typical generosity, he attributed my reticence to "modesty" although my real fear was that a partnership would shed a certain official light on unofficial goings-on in the shop—goings-on that would shock poor Hobie to the soles of his John Lobb shoes, if he knew.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He had that annoying, persistent look in his eyes.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It was an annoying and extremely persistent habit.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • The knock gets more persistent.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Her fingers are dry and rough and her eyes seek mine, persistent, though I feel strange meeting her gaze.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • But she tired easily and submitted eventually to their persistent badgering.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
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