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  • She has a tendency to get distracted by extraneous details.
  • an issue extraneous to the debate
  • But to think of anything extraneous was an agonizing effort.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • Ender toyed with the idea of telling them how important this battle was to him, but decided it would not help them to have an extraneous concern on their minds.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • "You have to realize, Mr. Gennaro," Arnold said, "that there’s a lot of extraneous movement out there."
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • It had crossed her thought like some unsought, extraneous impression.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • And whatever extraneous influence the tannery may have exercised, the calamities of the land belong to it alone, born of wind and rain and weather, immensities not to be tempered by man or his creations.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • For six months, Ekman and his collaborator, Wallace Friesen, had been sorting through the footage, cutting extraneous scenes, focusing just on close-ups of the faces of the tribesmen in order to compare the facial expressions of the two groups.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • What Mavens and Connectors and Salesmen do to an idea in order to make it contagious is to alter it in such a way that extraneous details are dropped and others are exaggerated so that the message itself comes to acquire a deeper meaning.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • It was the extra exclamation point that got me. My mother would call it extraneous, overblown, exuberant.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride

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  • If each, I told myself, could but be housed in separate identities, life would be relieved of all that was unbearable; the unjust delivered from the aspirations might go his way, and remorse of his more upright twin; and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path, doing the good things in which he found his pleasure, and no longer exposed to disgrace and penitence by the hands of this extraneous evil.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • He knew he couldn’t tell stories, that he always included extraneous details and tangents that interested only him.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • After three days of the headmistress depending on us for everything, we had suddenly become extraneous.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • When one of the puppies began to whine, Molly stood up and returned to the open cage, the presence of Travis and Gabby suddenly extraneous.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • So extraneous, so unnecessary.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • All extraneous thought is banished.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • In itself this saga, or episode, or fantasia has little direct bearing on Sophie and Nathan, and so I have hesitated to set it down, thinking it perhaps extraneous stuff best suited to another tale and time.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Instead —quite unexpectedly — I’d been knocked reeling by the stress of navigating one of the most crowded stores in Manhattan on a Friday close to Christmas: elevators packed, stairwells packed, flowing with shoals of tourists, holiday shoppers jostling five and six deep at the display cases to buy watches and scarves and handbags and carriage clocks and etiquette books and all kinds of extraneous merchandise in Signature Robin’s Egg Blue.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I need you, Eragon and Arya, to help the dwarves collapse extraneous tunnels.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Pierre now recognized in his friend a need with which he was only too familiar, to get excited and to have arguments about extraneous matters in order to stifle thoughts that were too oppressive and too intimate.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Hawkeye listened while he coolly adjusted his flint and reloaded his rifle; but the sounds, wanting the extraneous assistance of scene and sympathy, failed to awaken his slumbering emotions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.’
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The sailors tended to the rigging and sails, while Roran and those from Carvahall worked to empty the hold of extraneous supplies, such as bales of raw wool.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But to think of anything extraneous was an agonizing effort.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • As Mr. Gamfield did happen to labour under the slight imputation of having bruised three or four boys to death already, it occurred to him that the board had, perhaps, in some unaccountable freak, taken it into their heads that this extraneous circumstance ought to influence their proceedings.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • His mouth was the one part of him which he could not pull tight at any time; it was uncomfortably prominent in his lean face, attracting the eyes of any listener: when he spoke, the movement ran through his lower lip, twisting its moist flesh into extraneous contortions of its own.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Because much of her work centered on quantifying previously unknown energy fields, her experiments needed to be performed in a location isolated from any extraneous radiation or "white noise."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Plus, Lars has this bulge sticking out of his jacket, and I only just now figured out that it’s a gun and not the stump of an extraneous third arm, which is what originally I thought.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • "An extraneous element is being introduced into the case," said the Magistrate.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Of some one sole unique advertisement to cause passers to stop in wonder, a poster novelty, with all extraneous accretions excluded, reduced to its simplest and most efficient terms not exceeding the span of casual vision and congruous with the velocity of modern life.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I insulted him on a perfectly extraneous pretext, jeering at his opinion upon an important public event—it was in the year 1826(5)—and my jeer was, so people said, clever and effective.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The next three days demonstrated to her own complete satisfaction Miss Bart’s ability to manage her affairs without extraneous aid.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • They partially beat that with a new kind of electric induction motor, I think, but even then you’d end up with a lot of extraneous machinery inside the hull.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Double time with no one orchestrating any extraneous moves.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • And that nothing may interrupt it in its course I shut out every obstacle, every extraneous idea, I stop my ears and inhibit all attention to the sounds which come from the next room.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • And with a great many people in a great many instances, the question is never one of a change from wrong to right (which is quite an extraneous consideration), but is always one of injury or advantage to that eminently respectable legion, Vholes.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The grassy margin of the bank, and the nearest hedgerow boughs, were powdered by the dust that had been stirred over them by hasty vehicles, the same dust as it lay on the road deadening their footfalls like a carpet; and this, with the aforesaid total absence of conversation, allowed every extraneous sound to be heard.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • With his overzealous grooming and relentless attention to every extraneous detail of military dress, Alexander had always made me feel that I did not bathe enough.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Here, in the quiet of Boldwood’s parlour, where everything that was not grave was extraneous, and where the atmosphere was that of a Puritan Sunday lasting all the week, the letter and its dictum changed their tenor from the thoughtlessness of their origin to a deep solemnity, imbibed from their accessories now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …that precarious and meretricious cleverness of animals balanced on their hinder legs; that cleverness of which the man animal is so fatuously proud and which constantly betrays him by means of natural laws like gravity and ice, and by the very extraneous objects which he has himself invented, like motor cars and furniture in the dark, and the very refuse of his own eating left upon floor or pavement; and he thinks quietly how right the ancients were in making the horse an attribute and…
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Little, however, for the present, had come of his offers, and it may be confided to the reader that if the young man delayed to carry them out it was because he found the labour of providing for his companion by no means so severe as to require extraneous help.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • So far as Tom had gained any acquaintance with the Romans at Mr. Jacob’s academy, his knowledge was strictly correct, but it went no farther than the fact that they were "in the New Testament"; and Mr. Stelling was not the man to enfeeble and emasculate his pupil’s mind by simplifying and explaining, or to reduce the tonic effect of etymology by mixing it with smattering, extraneous information, such as is given to girls.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Then, owing to the disappearance of that extraneous family, we too find ourselves strange to one another.
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • It was only a matter of lucidly recognizing what had to be recognized; of dispelling extraneous shadows and doing what needed to be done.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I already took the liberty of suggesting that the development of Freemasonry from guilds of respectable manual laborers is historically extraneous.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It had been hot, it had rained, the cold weather had come—yes, certainly; but it was something extraneous to her, something happening independent of her.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Matt opened the door, his brother Matty, still looking a little boyish, short and blocky, cowlicked, with thick glasses and a fresh haircut and some gray, maybe, on top, that seemed extraneous.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Digitize the sound, load it in a computer, and then try to separate the static and other extraneous noises from the voices of the pilots and from the actual sounds that occurred aboard the aircraft.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • "The sudden fallings of the trees," said Marmaduke, "are the most dangerous accidents in the forest, for they are not to be foreseen, being impelled by no winds, nor any extraneous or visible cause against which we can guard."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
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