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She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
  taking pains to avoid being observed

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in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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  • She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
  • Later she said she was just trying to figure out whose phone it was, but she looked around furtively before she began reading my text messages.
  • Despite his attempt to look interested, his teacher did not miss his furtive glances at the clock.
  • they grew furtive as they approached, as if intending to sneak up on the girls.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John

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  • [He has removed a pink capsule from his pocket, quickly and furtively, and drunk it down with his vodka.]
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Indeed, once, shortly after lunch, I recall I came upon the two gentlemen talking rather furtively just inside the library doorway, and it was my distinct impression they broke off their discussion upon my approach.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • I tried to cram the box furtively into my pocket, but I saw him glance at my hand in surprise.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He looked round him with a furtive and stealthy air, as one who dreads pursuit.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • There was something unmistakably furtive in the way he glanced from side to side. Apparently satisfied that he was unobserved, he drew something small and glittering from his pocket and slipped it onto his finger.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • I would see an uncle or two sneak a nip from a bottle hidden under the seat, but they did it furtively, almost ashamedly.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’

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  • He also had to do it furtively, afraid that his father or mother might see him.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • ...the rest of the class kept shooting furtive glances at him,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • She looked around furtively like she was delivering nuclear materials.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • The car roared and swayed, pressing me hard against her, but when I took a furtive glance around no one was paying me the slightest attention.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I took advantage of his diversion, taking a furtive step back.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Peter, Drew, and Molly cast furtive looks in our direction and then pull their heads together, whispering.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He stuffed as many of them as he could under his shirt, then hurried back to the street and furtively closed the door.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • ...with that air which had nothing whatever of furtiveness in it nor even defiance,
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • For a moment his movements were almost furtive.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • He began taking furtive sips of the rice wine, little enough that its absence might not be missed.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • They have dysentery; furtively many of them display the blood-stained tails of their shirts.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • You could only get hold of them, if at all, by scrounging more or less furtively on the ’free’ market.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • furtive crap games
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Sohrab looked down at his feet, but kept stealing shy, furtive glances at me.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • A soft furtive footfall...
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • A lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for us upon the platform.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • They traded furtive happy glances, brother and sister, but said little for fear of souring Father’s mood and spoiling their good fortune.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He stares so long I find myself casting furtive glances at the one-way glass, hoping for some direction from Haymitch, but...
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Pedro dropped Tita’s arm and turned his head furtively to see who it was.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • He worshipped this new angel with furtive eye, till he saw that she had discovered him;
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Harry and Ron grinned at Hagrid, who gave them a furtive smile from behind his bushy beard.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • ...asked the man, in a furtive, frightened way.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • If an eye were furtively raised and met his, it was instantly averted.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It was one-thirty in the morning, but in spite of the hour and her turned-up coat collar, there was no air of furtiveness about her at all.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Although I hated myself when I did it, I couldn’t help but sneak furtive peeks at her every chance I got.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • He had hid under the dead horse for a long time, peeping out furtively across the common.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • ...they met no sign of any living thing, only furtive shadows that fled from the approach of their torches
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • "No go," he announced, with a furtive casualness that made Perry suspicious.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I saw a crowd of them upon the slopes, looking furtively at me.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • And the fellow inside peered out in a furtive sort of way.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • He stood looking about him for some moments, and then Mr. Huxter saw him walk in an oddly furtive manner towards the gates of the yard, upon which the parlour window opened.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • the goblin shot him a look that was both furtive and challenging.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He could discern furtive movements in the shadows.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Diana preserved a discreet silence, but she and Anne exchanged furtive smiles of guilty amusement across the table.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She eyed him. "You’re avoiding Alec and Isabelle."
    He nodded. "Both of them are trying to pick fights with me."
    "For the same reason?"
    "I couldn’t tell." He glanced furtively up and down the hallway.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • It was a strange thing that the patient had humour enough to see their distrust, for, coming close to me, he said in a whisper, all the while looking furtively at them, "They think I could hurt you!"
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Grady looks around furtively.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Silver leant back against the wall, his arms crossed, his pipe in the corner of his mouth, as calm as though he had been in church; yet his eye kept wandering furtively
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Now and then, his eyes flickered furtively to the closet under the stairs, where he kept his fishing gear.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • From the street door he walked on furtively on the inner side of the path towards the corner and all at once dived into a doorway.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
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