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By chance she had chosen the three most obstreperous pupils in the school to be her thieves and robbers.
Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  boisterously and noisily aggressive or defiant
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  • By chance she had chosen the three most obstreperous pupils in the school to be her thieves and robbers.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I wanted to see him very much, and was enormously touched that he would make the long trip north, endure the uproar and dare shoulder through the swarming, obstreperous and brutal human tides of the metropolis in order to visit his only offspring.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was obstreperous, disorderly and abusive-
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Though he could be a sweet boy, he was often short-tempered and obstreperous.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • "O! go long, will ye?" said the mother, giving now and then a kick, in a kind of general way, under the table, when the movement became too obstreperous.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The liquor soon mounted into their heads, as it generally does even with the arrantest topers newly landed from sea, and they began capering about most obstreperously.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was a raw, violent, guzzling saturnalia that spilled obstreperously through the woods to the officers’ club and spread up into the hills toward the hospital and the antiaircraft-gun emplacements.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Mamma was an abject slave to their caprices, but Papa was not so easily subjugated, and occasionally afflicted his tender spouse by an attempt at paternal discipline with his obstreperous son.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Of course his infant majesty was most obstreperous at such toilet formalities and he let everyone know it: —Habaa baaaahabaaa baaaa.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • At all events, Hepzibah had fully satisfied herself of the impossibility of ever becoming wonted to this peevishly obstreperous little bell.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables

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  • He put his razor on the edge of the washbowl, but it slid obstreperously down into the bowl.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • CHAPTER I Thus communed these; while to their lowly dome, The full-fed swine return’d with evening home; Compell’d, reluctant, to the several sties, With din obstreperous, and ungrateful cries.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Over the next weeks, Pollard and Smith discovered that obstreperousness was only one of Seabiscuit’s bad traits.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Boom boom boom boom … Mr Sandman, sing me a song Boom boom boom boom Oh, Mr Sandman … They were high, but not drunk, not obstreperous.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • We greeted the two pilgrims with many pleasant gibes and a roar of laughter; whereupon they gazed at us with such woful and absurdly compassionate visages that our merriment grew tenfold more obstreperous.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • He, at length, became so obstreperous that we grew fearful of his giving the alarm to some stragglers in the vicinity;—or, rather, this was the apprehension of Legrand;—for myself, I should have rejoiced at any interruption which might have enabled me to get the wanderer home.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • AND: Of that an obstreperous lawyer bereft me.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • He was catching fire from the flame he was partly simulating, and at tea-time he was obstreperously merry.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He ran a squad of obstreperous newsboys, whom he loathed, and who loathed him in return, as was clear by their taunts and practical jokes.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Just trust you to manage these obstreperous cowboys and protect my property and Alfred’s, and take care of us—of me, until this revolution is ended?
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Welcome as they were at first, the riflemen soon proved even more indifferent to discipline than the New Englanders, and obstreperous to the point that Washington began to wish they had never come.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • I thought Turkey would appreciate the favor, and abate his rashness and obstreperousness of afternoons.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Fitzsimmons began to wonder if this horse might be just as obstreperous as his sire, only much more cunning in his methods.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Knowing that the horse, when forced, tended to become obstreperous, Pollard may have decided to err on the side of caution and advise Workman to withhold the whip.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Clifford could hear the obstreperous howl of the steam-devil, and, by leaning a little way from the arched window, could catch a glimpse of the trains of cars, flashing a brief transit across the extremity of the street.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • If I have any suits, as I do hope, Things being so easy and direct, I shall not, I will make bold with your obstreperous aid, Conceive me,—for your fee, sir.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • She shook it accordingly, and the bell, having a spiteful little temper of its own, rang obstreperously, making its remonstrances heard,—not, indeed, by the ears for which they were intended,—but by a good lady on the opposite side of the street.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • …in the original would convey but little information to the modern reader, for whose benefit we beg to offer the following translation: "The curse of St Withold upon these infernal porkers!" said the swine-herd, after blowing his horn obstreperously, to collect together the scattered herd of swine, which, answering his call with notes equally melodious, made, however, no haste to remove themselves from the luxurious banquet of beech-mast and acorns on which they had fattened, or…
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Her nervous cluck, when the chicken happened to be hidden in the long grass or under the squash-leaves; her gentle croak of satisfaction, while sure of it beneath her wing; her note of ill-concealed fear and obstreperous defiance, when she saw her arch-enemy, a neighbor’s cat, on the top of the high fence,—one or other of these sounds was to be heard at almost every moment of the day.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • But no. Half-past twelve o’clock came; Turkey began to glow in the face, overturn his inkstand, and become generally obstreperous; Nippers abated down into quietude and courtesy; Ginger Nut munched his noon apple; and Bartleby remained standing at his window in one of his profoundest dead-wall reveries.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • In a corner, meanwhile, stands the figure of an elderly man, in a leathern jerkin and breeches, with a carpenter’s rule sticking out of his side pocket; he points his finger at the bearded Colonel and his descendants, nodding, jeering, mocking, and finally bursting into obstreperous, though inaudible laughter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • "Your love-suit," said De Bracy, "hath, I suppose, been disturbed, like mine, by this obstreperous summons.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • obstreperous boys
  • kept up an obstreperous clamor
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