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It was like watching a dance, everyone making the same movement at once, except for one or two laggards who were out of step.
Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  someone inclined to waste time or be slower than others in a group
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  • It was like watching a dance, everyone making the same movement at once, except for one or two laggards who were out of step.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • And if any o’ these laggards canna get themselves out of the way in time, they deserve what they get."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The remains of our regiment which had been in action rapidly formed up and moved to the right; from behind it, dispersing the laggards, came two battalions of the Sixth Chasseurs in fine order.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The lessons of yesterday had been that retribution was a laggard and blind.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage

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  • You’d better catch up with the queen, younglings; she does not take lightly to fools or laggards.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The horns of the victors sounded merry and cheerful flourishes, until the last laggard of the camp was at his post; but the instant the British fifes had blown their shrill signal, they became mute.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Twilight had long fallen when a little company of laggards, their SS escorts urging them to make haste, passed the building where I was still hiding.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Even so in pursuit was Agamemnon, forever killing laggards as they fled.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The congregation being fully assembled, now, the bell rang once more, to warn laggards and stragglers, and then a solemn hush fell upon the church which was only broken by the tittering and whispering of the choir in the gallery.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • "I hear fifty… sixty-five… seventy…": the bidding was laggardly, nobody seemed really to want Babe, and the man who got her, a Mennonite farmer who said he might use her for plowing, paid seventy-five dollars.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood

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  • By the late innings of the game the rest of the room—a few laggard coals glowed orange beneath the fireplace grate—lay sleeping in soft, quiescent shadows.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • A thousand feet up the immense slant of the Lhotse Face, I ascended a faded nylon rope that seemed to go on forever, and the higher I got, the more laggardly I moved.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He stood in the porch and watched the laggard hurry towards the scrappy field where sharp voices were in strife.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • If there are laggards, they’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get in.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • And again he vigorously nudged the teacher’s pet in the ribs to spur his laggard humor.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Now the great seaman, leaning on his oar, steered all the night unsleeping, and his eyes picked out the Pleiades, the laggard Ploughman, and the Great Bear, that some have called the Wain, pivoting in the sky before Orion; of all the night’s pure figures, she alone would never bathe or dip in the Ocean stream.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It is a close night, though the damp cold is searching too, and there is a laggard mist a little way up in the air.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It rides ahead of your laggard will.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • "It was in nineteen—twenty-four—or twenty-five—" He had remained standing, but Royal Dumphry, shy as he had seemed at first, was no laggard with his pick and spade; he spoke to Francisco in a flip, intimate manner, but the latter, ashamed of him, joined Dick in trying to freeze him away.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Could the Judge but quaff a glass, it might enable him to shake off the unaccountable lethargy which (for the ten intervening minutes, and five to boot, are already past) has made him such a laggard at this momentous dinner.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Throughout that first year at the Beijing Dance Academy, I was considered a laggard by most of my teachers.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Progress advances; it makes the great human and terrestrial journey towards the celestial and the divine; it has its halting places where it rallies the laggard troop, it has its stations where it meditates, in the presence of some splendid Canaan suddenly unveiled on its horizon, it has its nights when it sleeps; and it is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker that he sees the shadow resting on the human soul, and that he gropes in darkness without being able to awaken that…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The hollow rattle of the wooden dumbbells was heard as another team made ready to go up on the stage: and in another moment the excited prefect was hustling the boys through the vestry like a flock of geese, flapping the wings of his soutane nervously and crying to the laggards to make haste.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It awaited the family laggard, who found any sort of inconvenience (to others) less disagreeable than getting up when he was called.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He asked himself what it signified to him whether Isabel’s admirers should be desperadoes or laggards; they were not rivals of his and were perfectly welcome to act out their genius.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Eragon charged forward, ignoring the panicked laggards within reach of his burning sword.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I am no laggard, Uncle; for I have been stirring nearly an hour, and exploring our island.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Yes we will, though you’re laggard in asking me, sir.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • "Malluch is a laggard to-night," he said, showing where his thoughts were.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The laggard!
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • The Cats and the Windblown are swarming through the hills with lance and lash, driving them north and cutting down the laggards.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • He hurried on, skipping sometimes out of sheer deliverance, sometimes waving at a laggard pole, gurgling to himself, giggling at himself, absurdly weary.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • "It is very extraordinary," said this noble laggard, "but this is the first time that I have ever been in Paris for more than three or four weeks."
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He asked himself what it signified to him whether Isabel’s admirers should be desperadoes or laggards; they were not rivals of his and were perfectly welcome to act out their genius.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Washington, D.C., and Chicago both instituted handgun bans well before crime began to fall across the country in the 1990s, and yet those two cities were laggards, not leaders, in the national reduction in crime.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Long it was not until Those laggards of battle the holt were a-leaving, Unwarlike troth-liars, the ten there together, Who durst not e’en now with darts to be playing E’en in their man-lord’s most mickle need.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • He looks down at the back of Jackie’s glossy head and he looks at his own trouser cuffs flaked an intimate beige and the spatter across his shoe tops in a strafing pattern and the gumbo puddle nearby that contains a few laggard gobs of pinkoid stuff from deep in Gleason’s gastric sac.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • They caught the seed virus and passed it on, finally, to the Laggards, the most traditional of all, who see no urgent reason to change.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • "By the way, sire," said Gossip Coictier, "I had forgotten that in the first agitation, the watch have seized two laggards of the band.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • 37 You laggards there on guard! look to your arms!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • The squishers are apt t’ take the laggards."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • "Highgarden and Storm’s End support his claim, and the Dornishmen will not be laggardly.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Bella was one of the laggards, but she sprang up only a split second after the other learner girl.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • But the pace soon proved too fast for him-Mendel’s swift sputter of gibberish tripped his own laggard lipping.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • "Stay here," the young master said, when all were gone by, even the laggards.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The iron captain had no time to wait for laggards.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • 4 The Lord advances, and yet advances, Always the shadow in front, always the reach’d hand bringing up the laggards.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • As he prepared the ballistae, a few laggards staggered out of the acrid smoke and onto the ship.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He knows when the narrow gate was opened and he knows it will not stay for laggards who drag their feet in dung and vomit, whose lips are reeking of the left-overs of lesser men.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • If you plot that progression on a graph, it forms a perfect epidemic curve — starting slowly, tipping just as the Early Adopters start using the seed, then rising sharply as the Majority catches on, and tailing away at the end when the Laggards come straggling in.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
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