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  • The woods echoed with the staccato bursts of automatic weapons and people screaming, but it wasn’t computing, like Crisco’s head snapping back and the way he flopped into the gray dust like every bone in his body had suddenly turned into Jell-O, the way his killer had swung around in a perfectly executed pirouette with the barrel of the gun flashing in the sunlight.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • She did a sprightly pirouette, a curtsy, waved her hand in a window-washer motion, and said, "Hi."
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • But Hana’s greatest love was skating, and she worked hard perfecting her pirouettes on Nove Mesto’s frozen pond.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • The noise level in the room has risen 5000 decibels, everyone is shouting and cheering on the gladiators as they battle their way around the arena, and the bleeding heart pirouettes about the room after them, armed with his theories about humanity.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • …medicinal capsule she had ever seen, and was also metallically reflective, so that as he held it inches above her face where she lay against the pillow—wiggling it between thumb and forefinger and causing the pinkish oblong to do a little midair pirouette—she could see shimmering along its surface the miniature conflagration which was only a captured image of the autumnal leaves outside, set afire by the sunset… Drowsily Sophie inhaled the odor of cooking from the kitchen two floors…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My heart was doing pirouettes in my chest.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Alec looked horrified, as if she’d asked him to put on a tutu and execute a perfect pirouette.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The rest of the horses pirouette, turning circles on the spot.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Harry doubled up with silent laughter as Crabbe did a kind of pirouette in midair, trying to see who had thrown it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • But the Emperor’s friend covered himself with glory, for he danced everything, whether he knew it or not, and introduced impromptu pirouettes when the figures bewildered him.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women

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  • Owing to the very judicious plan of dividing the two acts of the opera with a ballet, the pauses between the performances are very short, the singers in the opera having time to repose themselves and change their costume, when necessary, while the dancers are executing their pirouettes and exhibiting their graceful steps.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Opening wide his wings, he began a stately pirouette, a slow-motion quadrille.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • "Well, what the deuce do I care for that?" said Charles, making a pirouette.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Then, thrusting her under lip out beyond the upper, she made a little pout, which appeared to be familiar to her, executed a pirouette on her heel, and set about collecting in her tambourine the gifts of the multitude.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The way is full of flowers and surprise views, tight turns one after another so that the whole world rolls and pirouettes and rises and falls away.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I have the worst pirouettes in the world!
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • The fast movement—which was, in this case, Sir Mador dismounting backwards and upside down—is going on underneath the lance, which performs its own independent pirouette in graceful detachment, and comes down elsewhere, when everybody has forgotten it Sir Mador’s lance came down on its point, by some ballistic freak, just behind the king-of-arms who was holding the black pug.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • …to the table, there bounded on to the stage from some mysterious inlet, a little girl in a dirty white frock with tucks up to the knees, short trousers, sandaled shoes, white spencer, pink gauze bonnet, green veil and curl papers; who turned a pirouette, cut twice in the air, turned another pirouette, then, looking off at the opposite wing, shrieked, bounded forward to within six inches of the footlights, and fell into a beautiful attitude of terror, as a shabby gentleman in an old…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • After a quick pirouette, Mavis threw her arms around Eve.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Down below, Sushi K pirouettes spastically as a beer bottle caroms off his forehead.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Continue the motion with the momentum, pirouette.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Cecily twirls in a pirouette.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Chrissie, seven-year-old ballerina and baseball player, would never again pirouette on point or run the bases.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • He probably could have impaled Jason several times, but the giant insisted on doing a pirouette with every attack, which slowed him down.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • She watched Miles Lightman weave through the crowd, doing a couple of pirouettes as he approached, taking in the full 360, eyes slightly popping.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "She’s a ship, not a cat," said Bert, "and the fact that she has a will of her own doesn’t mean she can pirouette on demand."
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Amused by their terror, the dragoon was making his horse perform volts and pirouettes, backing it into the crowd and making it rear slowly as in a circus turn.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • From basements, cellars, and sewers they emerged in long wavering files into the light of day, swayed helplessly, then did a sort of pirouette and fell dead at the feet of the horrified onlookers.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • The full aerial roundhouse move forced an opponent to guard against a lethal heel to his face, but then morphed into a pirouette, one full rotation to bring the sword, not the feet, around with blazing speed.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Pirouette!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That’s decided, then," said Hermione briskly, getting to her feet and performing a graceful pirouette.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • A little further on, they are found still better expressed by the Rue Pirouette, which ran into the Rue Mondetour.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I began to do well with our two new, technically difficult steps for the year: the single tour en l’air and the triple pirouette.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • We would complete our barre work within fifteen minutes and the rest of the two hours would he all pirouettes.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Many nights I dreamed about doing multiple pirouettes and the feeling was incredibly exhilarating.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Teacher Xiao insisted, and 1 thought of his unattainable pirouettes.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • For a long time, it seemed that we would never achieve more than three pirouettes but still Teacher Xiao worked us tirelessly, day in and day out.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I felt good about myself—now I could complete three consecutive pirouettes consistently.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • No more three pirouettes!
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Teacher Xiao, you mean four pirouettes.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I would like to see you do ten pirouettes one day.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I only just felt comfortable doing three pirouettes without fear of falling.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Ten pirouettes was completely crazy.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • No, ten was too many pirouettes even to dream about!
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I wanted to get back to my leaps and pirouettes.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • "I just thought of something that might help you with your pirouettes," he said.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I was still working on five consecutive pirouettes and was having tremendous problems breaking this crucial barrier.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • If five pirouettes were that easy to achieve, wouldn’t every dancer in the world be doing it?
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I want you to treat pirouettes like a mango.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I want you to treat pirouettes in the same way.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
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