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  • She spoke in a cold, detached manner as though she didn’t care about him any more.
  • These days, she seems emotionally detached whenever she talks about him.
  • His retina detached from the back of his eye and he had to be rushed into surgery.
  • The regiment was detached from the second Brigade and sent to the north.

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  • Does the house have an attached or detached garage?
  • Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • he saw a brown wall of fur detach itself from the forest to his rear and come down on him like a runaway truck.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • until he fell in love with Brett, I never heard him make one remark that would, in any way, detach him from other people.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • He sees me looking at him and detaches himself from his pod.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Instead of his normal detached faraway look, Edwin’s eyebrows furrowed with concern.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • the fish eye looked as detached as the mirrors in a periscope
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • When we speak our voices are quiet, detached.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Numerous bruises along my back and on my face were throbbing, but I felt detached from the pain, as if it wasn’t really me feeling it.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • Gertrudis stroked her hair tenderly, but was careful to watch the fritter dessert that was on the flame. ... When it was almost starting to burn, she detached herself from Tita and said sweetly...
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Two shadows detached themselves from the gloom as Winnie and Jesse came up.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • he detached her from the company on the terrace, and they were alone together,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Both gangs are jitterbugging wildly with their bodies, but their faces, although they are enjoying themselves, remain cool, almost detached.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • Completely as he had detached himself from her, he could not yet regard her merely as a social instance;
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The red fearless eyes still looked at him, impersonal and unafraid and detached.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • Jem detached his pince-nez, and while wiping them repeated in a deep voice, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Keenan is nowhere to be seen, but a woman draped in rags detaches herself from a wall and approaches me.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I break away from Kent gently, detaching his arm from my waist.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Then, before anyone could react, it detached from the ceiling and fell away.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Rat Man kept talking, but his tone changed; it became less detached and clinical and more professorial.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • "Get to work, lazybones," Signora Luciano hissed, and her three dirty children detached themselves from her skirt and rushed to the table.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I was blissfully detached until the slap of a pile of papers on the table in front of me jarred me back to the real world.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • I detached myself from Aspen and moved to join them.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • But I felt strangely detached from it all because no one had ever done that for me, and I’d never done that for anyone else.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • She detached herself gently and headed up the stairs, taking her witchlight rune-stone to illuminate her way.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Finally, I let it go and then gently detach the receiver from her grasp and place it on the iron table, never releasing my grip of her hand.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • It made her breasts feel like they were going to detach from her body.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • For a second I was afraid he’d detached my retina.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • A detached numbness spread over me.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • He’s pretty detached for the most part, but be careful around his books."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I felt as if my lungs and heart were detaching, moving outward to the skin, and that this was all too obvious to everyone I dealt with.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In the doorway stands Dee-Dum, looking professional and detached even though he can’t miss seeing all of us in one glance.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The moment the drop-ship detached from the ship, Glass’s heart would start to break.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • I’ve just about got this end detached."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He was friendly enough but a bit detached.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Once upon a time Miri had planned to wear her bridesmaid dress with its detachable organza overskirt to the ninth-grade prom, but she’d decided against going.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Then a shadow detached itself from the rocky incline and took on the general form — if not the exact appearance — of Milligan.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • A little shadow detached itself from the larger one.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • The flames from the houses on the west side reached in a diagonal arch quite across the street, and occasionally the wind would lift the great body of flame, detach it entirely from the burning buildings, and hurl it with terrific force far ahead.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Halfway through the meal, Denny asked, in a tone of detached curios— ity, "Stem, did it ever occur to you that you may have married your mother?"
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • And so what that Apollo 7 successfully detached from the Saturn rocket to practice the rendezvous they would have to perform perfectly for a moon shot?
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • And with that, the stranger realized that he was being drawn, like it or not, into the conversation and, reluctantly, he stepped out of the shadows, detaching from them like a patch of darkness.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • The cheap binding, with its dry glue, was beginning to detach from the pages.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • They felt entirely detached from the real world.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "Papa Papa Papa Papa," Marie-Laure is saying, but her body seems to have detached itself from her voice, and her words make a faraway, desolate cadence.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • His voice is as detached as his words, and as soon as he says it, his expression drops and he knows he’s just hurt my feelings.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
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