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buffet
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That’s what she looks like, actually—like a snowflake being buffeted around in the wind, twisting and turning on currents of air.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  hit against repeatedly
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"Buffet" is also used in a different sense with a different pronunciation to indicate a self-served meal or a type of furniture in the dining room.
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  • That’s what she looks like, actually—like a snowflake being buffeted around in the wind, twisting and turning on currents of air.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • The cars were steadily whizzing by me on the narrow two-way of Route 9, the muffled slingshot of their passing buffeted by the safety glass.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Yet he’s far away from me in a place where he’s buffeted by emotions deep and unkind.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Buffeting fans on the ceiling did little to dispel the sweltering heat or the smell of death.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • Around us the room was dark and still, the windowpanes rattling gently as they were buffeted by the wind and rain.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Merrick was skinny and ungainly, with the Whitshanks’ definite jaw that looked better on the men than on the women, and that summer she was wearing her hair in a dramatic new style, flaring out on the left side but pressed flat to her skull on the right, so that it looked as if she were perpetually being buffeted by a strong wind.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • A small crowd had gathered around and Sophie saw the librarian quiver as if he were being buffeted by savage winds.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • In high seas, the runners were buffeted about, all staggering in one direction, then in the other.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The sea, inches beneath me yet too far for my eyes, buffeted the raft.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Turbulence buffeted him, snatching the breath out of his mouth.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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  • I might be driven into the wide Atlantic and feel all the tortures of starvation or be swallowed up in the immeasurable waters that roared and buffeted around me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Was he alone, that long night, whose brave, loving spirit was bearing up, in that old shed, against buffeting and brutal stripes?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Her kite buffeted the air with its massive wings.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • She was being buffeted by the air currents but grinned and flashed Langdon the thumbs-up sign.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Roman’s observation underscores how difficult it is for those of us preoccupied with the humdrum concerns of adulthood to recall how forcefully we were once buffeted by the passions and longings of youth.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Clouds of water vapor swirled around me, winds so powerful they buffeted Hyperion and flattened the grass in a twenty-yard radius.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • With his free hand, Roran buffeted the creature’s head and shoulders-which were as hard as iron.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Wet straw was in his draggled beard; he was so sore and stiff, so bruised and buffeted he could hardly stand or stumble through the shallow water to lie groaning on the shore.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Its black wings spread in alarm, and the wind buffeted me back a step.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • The wind buffeted the little cottage and the fire leapt and crackled, and Bill was soon opening another bottle of wine.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The owl was so small, in fact, that it kept tumbling over in the air, buffeted this way and that in the train’s slipstream.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The two hands of Madame Defarge buffeted and tore her face; but, Miss Pross, with her head down, held her round the waist, and clung to her with more than the hold of a drowning woman.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • How thoroughly a human being can be buffeted and overmastered by Fate, had been borne in upon her with appalling force.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Now, however, she moves down an avenue gently buffeted by the familiar and therefore loved images.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • It was nearly impossible to stand up on the platform, which was continuously buffeted by this enormously heavy sea.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Three times he made his killing thrust; three times the Lord Apollo buffeted his shield, throwing him back.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Marriages are buffeted by more important things, like money and sex and children and jobs and in-laws, in constantly changing combinations.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The Doctor, still in the act of getting to his feet, was thrown forward and around and over; he was buffeted and gripped; he lost track of everything, because things were so speeded up; he felt the water.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Head, redconecapped, buffeted, brineblinded.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Off Gortyn’s coastline in the misty sea there a reef, a razorback, cuts through the water, and every westerly piles up a pounding surf along the left side, going toward Phaistos- big seas buffeted back by the narrow stone.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Although the air, now stinking from the burning tree, was still, Dee watched as an invisible, unfelt breeze whipped the Morrigan’s cloak about her shoulders and buffeted the huge Bastet, making her tilt her head and lean forward into the wind.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • People who grow up poor, fatherless, and buffeted by racism don’t have the same commitment to social norms as those from healthy middle-class homes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • But now that he was enveloped in the old calico robes which had grown yellow in the same service, he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once—a parish child—the orphan of a workhouse—the humble, half-starved drudge—to be cuffed and buffeted through the world—despised by all, and pitied by none.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Saphira wobbled as turbulence buffeted them.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Then followed such a thing as England had never seen before—the sacred person of the heir to the throne rudely buffeted by plebeian hands, and set upon and torn by dogs.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • He wheeled around and strode blindly from the hospital wing into the teeming corridor where he stood, buffeted by the crowd, panic expanding inside him like poison gas so that his head swam and he could not think what to do… Ron and Hermione, said a voice in his head.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • For, as thou seest thyself, our ship of State, Sore buffeted, can no more lift her head, Foundered beneath a weltering surge of blood.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • A small gust buffeted me just as we were coming in that first time.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • His toes were mashed, and he had been shoved, buffeted, butted in the ribs, and rammed in the groin.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Fogarty himself was buffeted by the concussions of the big shells coming in and going out, like gusts of a powerful wind.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Harry thought he saw it drop by a fraction — But suddenly footsteps were thundering up the stairs and a second later Malfoy was buffeted out of the way as four people in black robes burst through the door on to the ram-parts.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He raced tentatively, and with the winds buffeting him through the homestretch, won by a modest margin over his stablemate Exhibit.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • But Dr. Lal, being of low extraction, was not sure whether an insult had not been intended, and he was further annoyed because Aziz had buffeted the Brahminy Bull.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Hurricane winds buffeted the ship.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • My child, buffeted on all sides, clutched at my hand fearfully as we entered a vast chamber, its walls adorned with mirrors.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The economy class section of Air France’s Caravelle to Zurich was filled to capacity, the narrow seats made more uncomfortable by the turbulence that buffeted the plane.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • She had said at once, "You’re not comfortable there; wait a minute, I’ll arrange things for you," and with a titter of laughter, the complacency of which implied that some little invention of her own was being brought into play, she had installed behind his head and beneath his feet great cushions of Japanese silk, which she pummelled and buffeted as though determined to lavish on him all her riches, and regardless of their value.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • I am a stranger in a strange city and I am buffeted by the philistines.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Contrary winds buffeted at the street corner.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Then the winds buffeted him, the mighty winds that circle through Heaven.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
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