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  • She gets a little testy when she hasn’t had enough sleep.
  • Anybody who comes here ends up getting . . . testy.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Tuffett was sitting behind his desk, gazing testily at its top.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I mean, you’ve been known to get testy with reporters, but that was just an amateur-hour move, I tell myself.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • "Well, help her," the woman said testily, and the man stood.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "It is how they regard themselves as well," she said testily.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • "Now don’t go looking at me like that, either of you," Ben said testily.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Number Two is a bit testy about this.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "Ah, Cassie, leave him be," Stacey admonished, frowning and kicking testily at the road.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • "It’s not complicated," she says testily when I ask for directions.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • "I’m not your countess," Violet said testily, a word which here means "in an extremely annoyed tone."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • He gave me a testy look.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "I bet you’d get testy, too, if somebody packed you up and took you away from home, then dumped you with a bunch of strangers."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • A voice spoke behind him-a testy impatient voice.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "Now let’s not get testy," Max says.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Otherwise, he gets testy.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • "What makes you say that?" said Wood testily.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • And he got testy with her.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "Your present," he said testily.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "The suspense is killing me," said Arthur testily.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • "Well, surely his own wife ought to know where he is," said the postmaster testily.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He turned to Keating testily, after the dealer had left, and asked: "Well, what is it, Peter, what is it?"
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "And then of course my family has also to be considered," Prince Vasili went on, testily pushing away a little table without looking at her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "What dat do wid de ’teak," said the old black, testily.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ’Why, you get blinder every day, Bedwin,’ said Mr. Brownlow, rather testily.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Sharon’s bound to be testy about that, so get a move on.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • "No, no!" he responded shortly and somewhat testily.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Did you ever get to like my father and Ms planned mistakes?" he asked testily.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • he said testily.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • He fixed Eragon with a testy gaze.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He was white as a vampire and almost as testy in the light of day.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • So Tony said testily, "If all them dat’s goin-tuh cut de monkey is done cut it and through wid, we’ll thank Brother Starks fuh a respond."
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • "Oh, you would, would you now?" said Gerald testily, shooting a sharp look at her.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Fine, fine, you may pass," the god said testily.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • OBERON Thou seest these lovers seek a place to fight; Hie therefore, Robin, overcast the night; The starry welkin cover thou anon With drooping fog, as black as Acheron, And lead these testy rivals so astray As one come not within another’s way.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • "I didn’t get them," Lee said testily.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • She, however, who had been stopped, breaking silence, said angrily and testily, "Get out of the way, bad luck to you, and let us pass, for we are in a hurry."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Brother Leon asked, his voice testy.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • "Get those bags out of the cab," she ordered testily, seeming outraged with my lack of speed.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • "I am alone to-day," said Dick testily.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humour?
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • —Bombast! the professor broke in testily.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Lavar?!" she calls out, loud and testy, as she makes for the couch.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • ’All right, I’ll tackle Strider by the camp-fire: he’s less testy.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • "The same, the same," the Lett said testily.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • He was testy all at once, as if answering an argument that had been put to him so often he was sick of it.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • ’Come on, Harry, haven’t you seen enough of this house to tell what kind of wizards my family were?’ said Sirius testily.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • "Yes," said Fudge testily, "well, I’m very glad the Knight Bus picked Harry up, but he and I need to step inside the Leaky Cauldron now…" Fudge increased the pressure on Harry’s shoulder, and Harry found himself being steered inside the pub.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • His voice was testy.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Fifi’s voice grows testy.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
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