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Her response was so curt it was almost rude.
  brief to the point of rudeness
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  • Her response was so curt it was almost rude.
  • a curt reply
  • "Out of the way, Arthur," said a cold, curt voice.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • "The baby is nearly well now," he said curtly.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl

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  • "I don’t know where he is," replied Gerald curtly.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • [Curtly and decidedly.]
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • He might give a curt little nod.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Tlic rest of the day is a blur of failed combat battles, curt conversations, and narrow escapes from Helene.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • For one frozen second I stared at him—glass bottle at eleven o’clock knee his nuts reach for the weapon cut everything—then I nodded curtly, chin down, respectful.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • His arms are still crossed, and his speech is curt.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed

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  • It came out curt, but then she quickly spoke again, maybe trying to make up for it.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • His friend gave him a sharp look but nodded curtly.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She gave a curt nod and turned away.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Ty held his hand out for the dagger with a curt nod.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "Yes" came the curt reply.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • "Fair," Lindsey said curtly.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "Adam," she says with a curt nod.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "Sure," he said curtly, "but what else?"
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "But, Miss Wren, that’s hardly fair," Millard began, but she cut him short with a curt "I won’t hear anything else about it!" and that was that.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • "We should not, thank you," Miss Peregrine answered curtly.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • "Do you have anything to say in your defense?" the Chancellor asked curtly.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I’d remind her to say thank you, but of course she had already, without fail, having made offerings to Mary Burns in the car and at the door, and she’d even curtly bow at the top of the stairs before disappearing down the hall to her room.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • While most people wrote two or three curt lines, he would have spent his whole visit checking every tap and shower to see what was wrong and would have plenty to say.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • He gave Dr. Lahiri a curt nod as he stepped outside.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • With a curt bow to the doctor, he was gone.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • "No, I don’t understand," Mom says curtly.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • "No," Nehemia said curtly, and headed toward the hedges that bordered the courtyard.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "They tell you?" he asked of Mr. Morrison, his voice curt, angry.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • "Fine," Lindy replied curtly.
    R.L. Stine  --  Goosebumps - Night of the Living Dummy
  • The man Jack nodded, curtly.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • He said curtly, "That’s easy to say now It’s easy enough, seven years after the fact, to say I-told-you-so."
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • With a curt smile, she says, "We expect to have a positive experience with you.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The guard nodded curtly and beckoned to his companions.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • He was curt; he really didn’t want to take the time.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • He barely glanced at Teacher Li before saying curtly, "Jiang Ji-li, come to our office right away.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • His response was curt.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • His response is curt.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • "Alex," she says, nodding curtly.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • "I have to go," I said curtly.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Lockton gave me a curt nod when I was finished.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • ) Usually the Garners’ mail was just bills or thin envelopes carrying curt orders from the Government about how much corn to plant, which fertilizer to use, and where to take their crop when it was harvested.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • "No, I’ve need of the lad," he said curtly.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I bit my lip and gave him another curt nod, wishing they’d just let it go.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • "No, not really," I said curtly.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "I have an engagement at One Market at six-fifteen," the agent replied curtly.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • He is unfailingly polite, even formal, but he can be awkward, even curt, around people.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Good-byes tend to be curt among Navy SEALs.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Lombard said curtly: "Do it in the morning."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "New Head," Haymitch says, and she gives him a curt nod as if no other explanation is needed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "Cut some wood," he says curtly to Haie.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
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