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bona fide
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  • But of bona fide wolves . there was not one in sight.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • My early years, darkened by the shadows and regional superstitions of a bona fide cracker boy, act as a sobering agent during the execrable periods of self-righteousness that I inflict on those around me.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Some were bona fide ledges, and others merely a foothold for lichens.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Real, bona fide, greasy-fingers pizza.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner

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  • Then she told me that a bona fide rock star had come to the hospital on my behalf.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Rosaleen liked to say May was a bona fide candidate for the nuthouse, but she still took to her.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • So Jamie stood up and turned around, and Miss Garber started clapping even faster, as if she were standing in the presence of a bona fide movie star.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Kathy Hudson, who has conducted focus groups about the public’s feelings on the tissue issue, says she believes that tissue rights have the potential to become a bona fide movement.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I’m a bona fide supraman.’
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • We’ve got a bona fide veterinarian here.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

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  • No, Scarlett, this is a bona fide honorable declaration.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Mr. Harford sometimes formed one of a little detachment which left the city shortly after noon on Sunday with the purpose of arriving as soon as possible at some public-house on the outskirts of the city where its members duly qualified themselves as bona fide travellers.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • _________________________________________________ As the President finished reading the paper (which I beg leave to assure my readers is a bona fide copy of one written by bona fide girls once upon a time), a round of applause followed, and then Mr. Snodgrass rose to make a proposition.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • There was a headline in the paper yesterday that said half of our boats "of many different kinds and sizes" have been released to the army, navy, air force, and to "bona fide white fishermen."
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Contact with the enemy was negligible, except in the case of one Marine from the 3rd Platoon, a blacksmith’s son and bona fide eccentric from Montana named Don Ruhl.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • We’ve simply received all information as bona fide data, stored and accepted as valid.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • A bona fide,dyed-in-the-wool, legitimate Institute man.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "May I sit down?" he asked, evidently satisfied that a bona fide investigatory agency would operate out of such a slum.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • You’re inventive, so find a parallel here and for Christ’s sake pull the trigger like you did with him, our bona fide Jason Bourne! I told you in Paris to do it!’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Her downfall lay in being honest when she insisted the necklace was "nothing much," because LuLing mistook this modesty to mean the gift was quite expensive and thus the bona fide article, proof of a daughter’s love.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Even though his speech was repudiated by many in the North, the very fact that one whorepresented such a belligerent constituency would appeal for understanding in the name of unity and patriotism was recognized in Washington and throughout the South as a bona fide assurance of Southern rights.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The principal knew Moon as a good teacher and bona fide musician who had played trombone in Cleveland’s lauded all-black Navy band, an association that came into being because of segregation, so he lured Moon from another public school.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • It was a question it appears—a bona fide question!
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He was one of your bona fide good dogs.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • If anyone is able to check on him, his credentials appear to be bona fide.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • It took Latin to thrust me into bona fide alliance with words in their true meaning.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • It offered a set of bona fide heroes rather than simply a dearth of villains.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I guess raising eight babies of her own and several grand-kids made her a bona fide expert on baby cries.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • West stalled in a fussy voice until two bona fide Monarch clerks innocently finished their drinks and departed.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • They had to be as close to bona fide Olympians as we could find, the kind of clients the Jackal doesn’t get and never got.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Sean had no idea where to find such a person, and so he called the Briarcrest academic counselor, Linda Toombs, who came up with the name of a bona fide licensed psychological examiner—a woman named Jakatae Jessup.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Mom was carrying on about how it was one thing to live in a three-room shack with no electricity, since there was a certain dignity in poverty, but to live in a three-room shack and own a gold Cadillac meant you were bona fide poor white trash.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Lord Carmarthen readily agreed that by the Paris Treaty His Majesty’s armed forces were to depart from the United States "with all convenient speed," but, as he liked also to point out, the same treaty stipulated that creditors on either side "shall meet with no lawful impediment to the recovery of the full value in sterling of all bona fide debts."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Bona fide, hundred-thousand-dollar silver-pelt fox.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Bona fide, 100 percent dream.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • You are an unusual sort of a person; you don’t lie at every step, as some men do; in fact, you don’t lie at all, and there is a matter in which I need a true and sincere friend, for I really may claim to be among the number of bona fide unfortunates just now."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He’s being questioned by a full-fledged Institute Man, a goddam bona fide, Grade-A, government-inspected, sterling-silver Whole Man.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • In Seattle, two bunk cars and a bona fide freak—a bearded lady—and this made him happy, for what Uncle Al craves above all else, what Uncle Al dreams of at night, are freaks.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • _________________________________________________ As the President finished reading the paper (which I beg leave to assure my readers is a bona fide copy of one written by bona fide girls once upon a time), a round of applause followed, and then Mr. Snodgrass rose to make a proposition.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • His teachers think he may be a bona fide math genius.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Rosaleen came home, a bona fide registered voter in the United States of America.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • But I got a small, nasty bite of gratification: I really did marry a genuine, bona fide psycho bitch.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But it did help spot the one bona fide nigger-lover in the Corps.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • As a bona fide ass-kisser, I might lose a measure of self-respect, but I could be teaching and helping kids.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
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