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My headache was relentless.
  to continue without stopping — typically something bad
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  • My headache was relentless.
  • Her parents criticize her relentlessly.
  • the relentless beat of the drums
  • She is a relentless worker. (positive usage)

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  • Relentlessly, as this happens, three more horses appear in cones of light: not naturalistic animals like the first three, but dreadful creatures out of nightmare.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • Miss Rachel flailed relentlessly at a heaving tangle of lily pads, bed sheet, legs and arms, and twining ivy.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "If you cross me"—the Commandant holds my eyes relentlessly—"you’ll join the faces on that wall.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He’s relentless.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • I’m fighting my way toward the door, every few steps being carried backward as people drive relentlessly toward the kitchen, holding up cups that need to be refilled.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Bulb by bulb, each one easier than the one before it, Thomas attacked relentlessly.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials

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  • More like a swordfish twisting on a line, and that line is pulling him relentlessly toward .
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Amy’s relentless achieving is greeted with open-palmed acceptance and maybe a bit of pity.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The relentless, throbbing headache made thinking difficult and practice impossible.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I had to be relentlessly on my toes to avoid anything that could possibly tarnish my image, my family’s image, or the country at large.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "And you can’t hurt me, not really, because of Clary," Sebastian went on, relentless.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Survived the relentless heat and drought.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • ] After a relentlessly greasy Monster Thickburger in the empty restaurant, Colin asked the woman behind the cash register, whose body seemed to have suffered from perhaps a few too many meals at her place of employment, how to get to Franz Ferdinand’s grave.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Well, except relentless Liz, who stopped by once a week to drop off a CD mix of whatever new music she was loving, which she cheerfully stacked on top of the untouched CD she’d left the week before.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Relentlessly submissive.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • The afternoon was relentless, and her score barely reached 93.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But it was relentless and so heavy that you couldn’t even see the person standing in front of you.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The Gypsies fed us relentlessly, refilling my bowl again and again—overfilling it when I tried to refuse more.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • And as I hugged them as hard and relentlessly as only a girl drunk on tequila can, it sank in on me that this was really goodbye.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • But she began to see his desperate and relentless focus on her as something closer to obsessive need than love.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • She still wore her long veil, blindingly bright beneath the relentless sun.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • But the most debilitating was a burning sensation in his hands and feet; relentless, pulsing, it would leave him unable to focus on anything else.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I became aware of a distant thump, thump, thump—a quick, relentless pulse that got louder and louder.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • At the opposite end of the table sat the two ministers, Reverend John Woodbridge and Dr. Gershom Bulkeley, both famed for their relentless sermons against witchcraft.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Even now, they stood nearby, watching him relentlessly.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Once he was determined, once he had focused on an object, the Prince was relentless.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • And the clock moved relentlessly on: ten, half after, eleven, half after.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • His father went quietly and relentlessly on.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • They were effective in stopping the fire’s spread west, but the wind pushed it north and east relentlessly.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The sun was relentless and eternal: There was neither wisp of cloud nor whiff of breeze for relief.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • Sam Westing was not murdered, but one of his heirs was guilty—guilty of some offense against a relentless man.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • They told us the departing Jews were going to better lives away from the city, where they would be in less crowded conditions and not have to endure the relentless harassment from German soldiers patrolling the streets.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • But Junior Whitshank was dry as a bone, droning on relentlessly while the other diners ate their food in dogged silence.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He was relentlessly cheerful, even in the face of Mom’s rising anger.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • As they went along, they talked less and less; the path sloped relentlessly upward, and they needed their breath just for breathing.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • In the background the sounds of gunshots were relentless.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • A big station clock rattles off a relentless advance of seconds, and Marie-Laure sits beside her great-uncle and listens to the wasted and wretched shamble off the trains.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • That’s when you realize that most of it—life, the relentless mechanism of existing—isn’t about you.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Like an avenging angel, I dashed for the kitchen and confronted Mrs. Wyler with the accusation that she was holding back the relentless pace of education; that it was criminal for her to prevent Saul and Anna from benefiting from the fruits of travel and experience.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It was impossible to recognize that stooped and shabby little man in the glorious figure at the door, greeting newcomers with a formal welcome followed by a relentless tour of the shop.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The song went on, filling the air between us with its rapid pulse and relentless guitars.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I had admired his journals inordinately, and had considered Gide’s probity and relentless self-dissection to be part of one of the truly triumphant feats of the civilized twentieth-century mind.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Before the summer she would alternate between kindness and malice, with periods of indifference; but now she’s harsher, more relentless.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He quizzed me relentlessly on the way down the path, urging me to remember as closely as I could the exact wording of the calls, and the timing of the dance.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In fact he was so relentless in sidestepping my apologies and directing his anger full-bore on Hobie that I was starting to think that I had stumbled into some preexisting grudge or hatred.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • BRANNA HARPED ON IT RELENTLESSLY IONA struggled to find it, then hold it.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
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