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His flaccid handshake, didn’t fill me with confidence.
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  • His flaccid handshake, didn’t fill me with confidence.
  • Over time, his hard body lost its tone, then grew flaccid, and finally grew flabby.
  • Since Prince Andrew had last seen him Kutuzov had grown still more corpulent, flaccid, and fat.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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  • He is very flaccid.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Even when they snatched him up by the collar, his weak body easily lending itself to be manhandled, he looked without hope or resentment, his eyes like two still pools of black ink in his flaccid face.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • It was as though his eyes were holding their breath, while his mother looked at him, her face flaccid and...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Her face was heavy, her complexion flaccid and watery.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • The finance guys turn rageful and flaccid.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I rest my arms on the edge of the white stove and watch the porridge, simmering and thickening, the flaccid bubbles corning up out of it one at a time and releasing their small puffs of steam.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • Grasping the child through the momentarily flaccid walls of the womb, she heaved, trying to turn it.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Since Prince Andrew had last seen him Kutuzov had grown still more corpulent, flaccid, and fat.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She soaks a washcloth in the water and rubs clean Masooma’s buttocks, wiping the waste off her back and the flaccid flesh of her legs.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Then it fell flaccid.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The video camera captured Jordan’s next words to a now flaccid Chime.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Then, exactly as the Hassassin expected, his victim went suddenly flaccid.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • His breathing was hoarse, his face livid, his limbs flaccid, his belly prominent.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "We’ll drink her health," said I. "Ah!" cried Mr. Pumblechook, leaning back in his chair, quite flaccid with admiration, "that’s the way you know ’em, sir!"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • You’re as flaccid as Solembum’s rat.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Her hair, drawn low over the tops of her ears, was grey; and grey also, with darker shadows, was her large flaccid face.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Colonel Korn, a stocky, dark, flaccid man with a shapeless paunch, sat completely relaxed on one of the benches in the front row, his hands clasped comfortably over the top of his bald and swarthy head.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Paul staggered as the old man sagged in his arms, felt the death there, the utter flaccidity.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Mal’akh gazed down now at the woman’s flaccid corpse.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The cheeks would become hollow or flaccid.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Those who remembered his gums that had been destroyed by scurvy, his flaccid cheeks, and his withered lips trembled with fear at the final proof of the gypsy’s supernatural power.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Then there seems to come over his whole body, as if its parts were mobile like face features, that shrinking and denial, and Byron sees that the still, flaccid, big face is suddenly slick with sweat.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Terror was upon her white face as she saw it; her cheek was flaccid, and her mouth had almost the aspect of a round little hole.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Without her mockery, affection for others sank into flaccid disrepair.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • We have no Eton to create the self-consciousness of a governing class; we have, instead, clean, flaccid and innocuous preparatory schools.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • A Dutch farmer type, his once great muscular strength has been debauched into flaccid tallow.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • There, however, stood the old waiter at the door, in the same greasy black suit, with the same double chin and flaccid face, with the same huge bunch of seals at his fob, rattling his money in his pockets as before, and receiving the Major as if he had gone away only a week ago.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Perhaps even a return to England and Whitehall; deck games on the P. & O.; the flaccid palm of an under secretary; newspaper interviews; hard, mocking, sex-thirsty voices of women—"And is it really true, Mr. Conway, that when you were in Tibet ….?"
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • What exhausted her was the sight of Bea and Olaf turned into flaccid invalids, uncomfortably flushed after taking food, begging for the healing of sleep at night.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Nothing bored me more than flaccid, humorless academicians punishing their students with limpid melancholy lectures while they polished up their deadly little monographs on vital subjects like "The Nose Hair of Grendel."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But the indefinable weight the dead rabbits had left on her mind caused her to feel more than usual pity for the career of this weak young man, particularly when she looked at the picture where he leaned against a tree with a flaccid appearance, his knee-breeches unbuttoned and his wig awry, while the swine apparently of some foreign breed, seemed to insult him by their good spirits over their feast of husks.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • So he retired into the niche of the fireplace where he had used to sit, and there he continued, watching the steam from the double row of bank-notes as they waved backwards and forwards in the draught of the chimney till their flaccidity was changed to dry crispness throughout.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • …during the agitation on the Catholic Question many had given up the "Pioneer"—which had a motto from Charles James Fox and was in the van of progress—because it had taken Peel’s side about the Papists, and had thus blotted its Liberalism with a toleration of Jesuitry and Baal; but they were ill-satisfied with the "Trumpet," which—since its blasts against Rome, and in the general flaccidity of the public mind (nobody knowing who would support whom)—had become feeble in its blowing.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The legs were loose, the belly flaccid and limp.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • This, this flaccid government of yours will be your ruin.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • All that had gone into fiber before had drawn inward, leaving flaccidity outside, solid granite at the core.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Which is worse, its sharp beak hidden within folds of soft flesh, its pod-like eyes, its flaccid sack, or its bumpy tentacles?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I saw his thighs before me, the way they belled out from the knee, the thick muscles and small black hairs, and his flaccid dick.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • It was as wide across as the inner tube of a car tire, boggy, dark, and tense with fluid, quite unlike the flaccid pink coils of the rest of the bowel.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He steeled himself against any loss of respect for this overwhelming traveling companion, whose cultured gestures had grown flaccid and whose tongue was thick.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He thumped one hand on Robert’s shoulder and used the other to pump his hand in a way that somehow managed to be simultaneously both violent and flaccid.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • The desert regeneration had not stopped at turning weak lungs, vitiated blood, and flaccid muscles into a powerful man; it was at work on his mind, his heart, his soul.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • And he would argue with animation, picking his nose with his blunt black fingers, his broad yellow face breaking into flaccid creases, as he laughed gutturally at Gant’s unreason.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • In trying to produce the sensuous effects of opera, the fashionable drama has become so flaccid in its sentimentality, and the intellect of its frequenters so atrophied by disuse, that the reintroduction of problem, with its remorseless logic and iron framework of fact, inevitably produces at first an overwhelming impression of coldness and inhuman rationalism.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • 2 I descend my western course, my sinews are flaccid, Perfume and youth course through me and I am their wake.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • He had movement of the left arm, but the right was only bone and flaccid meat.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
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