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We made small talk, the cops and I, about the July Fourth fireworks and the weather, while my hands were tested for gunshot residue and the slick inside of my cheek was cotton-tipped.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  what remains after the main part is gone
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  • We made small talk, the cops and I, about the July Fourth fireworks and the weather, while my hands were tested for gunshot residue and the slick inside of my cheek was cotton-tipped.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • This time, I got a new kind of twinge in my gut, ever so faint, as if a hollow had been here and gone, and I was sensing its residue.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I look down and take inventory, and then brush off with my hands the ashen residue left from the fallen beast.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • A bat, metal tool, or other foreign object would have almost certainly left some sort of residue or telltale mark on the skin.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • Tiny panes of glass, probably bulletproof and webbed with dirt and the residue of smeared insect parts, give me a blurred view of the long, dark hallway beyond, and several flickering electric lights.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The residue of the entire trip left a good taste and it proved a pungent stimulant to class activity and awareness for many months.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Supercharged with a prurient residue—overflow, I imagine, of my Leslie daydreams—I had a sudden impulse to creep up behind Sophie and nuzzle her neck while filling my hands with her breasts.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Jars, boxes, and vials of all shapes and sizes were neatly stacked on the shelves above a counter where the late Beaton evidently had been in the habit of mixing medicines, judging from the residue of stains and a crusted mortar that rested there.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Wow," I said, after an uncomfortable pause, looking at Platt’s big-knuckled hands resting palms down on the table—hands that after all these years still had a blunt, brutal look, a residue of old cruelty about them.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • We find a small residue of urine.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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  • She was covered in smears of silvery residue.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • That should provide hours of calm and keep us clear of any poisonous residue.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • His hands were packed tightly with splinters, and his teeth were caked with residue from the fallout.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Their bodies were slashed with open cracks that formed under the corrosive onslaught of sun, salt, wind, and fuel residue.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The residue all went to Sir Henry.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He thought, this is the residue of many people put together, of human bodies pressed into a mass, with no space to move, with no air to breathe.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The PTS team found flashback residue from a gun.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • No matter how they scrubbed their hands, the residue of Red Hot Mama had a way of sticking around, as pesty and persistent as a chapter one at a high school dance.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • He rubbed more of the powder residue between his fingertips.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The essence of pearl mixed with essence of men and a curious dark residue was precipitated.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • The bleach residue kept the water from growing anything.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • My mouth was dry and tasted like gasoline residue.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • In the world Michael-Mary Graham inhabited, her mild liberalism, a residue of her Bohemian youth, and her posture of sensitive lady poet passed for anarchy.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I know, from the gunpowder residue, that Gun B was fired.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Yossarian gorged himself in the mess hall until he thought he would explode and then sagged back in a contented stupor, his mouth filmy with a succulent residue.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • That afternoon, when the uproar had subsided and the water had been dried up by the sun, Nacha swept up the residue the tears had left on the red stone floor.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • The stuff is guaranteed to kill every single bug in two hours’ time and then dissipate with no residue.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Over the centuries, residue seeped through the floor, infusing the land beneath with the wine’s personality.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Knowledge, however, may be psychological residue within Subject A. advisory: Department B-2 holds no authority under Input for Recommendations and functions as Advisory.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Takes a little time for the residue.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • In this lantern one finds a glass spiral that contains only a residue of carbon dioxide gas.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The residue of the human spirit smeared on inanimate objects was all he could withstand of humanity.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The water evaporated against Hatsue’s skin, leaving a residue of salt behind.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Also, organic cows, like Rosie the organic chicken, are never fed corn that contains residues of atrazine, the herbicide commonly sprayed on American cornfields.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • As for the residue of the Pequod’s company, be it said, that at the present day not one in two of the many thousand men before the mast employed in the American whale fishery, are Americans born, though pretty nearly all the officers are.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Did you know we’re using spice residue as raw material and already have our own factory to manufacture filmbase?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It would have been easier to pacify her had we not ourselves suffered from quite a residue of childhood apprehensions, or had we been able to advance some real idea of the region to set against its morbid reputation.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Then there is behavioral residue, which is defined as the inadvertent clues we leave behind: dirty laundry on the floor, for instance, or an alphabetized CD collection.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • At first, when they got among the rows of prostrate houses, they did not know where they were; the change was too sudden, from a busy city of two hundred and forty-five thousand that morning to a mere pattern of residue in the afternoon.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • When she took the paste out to bake it, she left smears of dough sticking to the sides of the measure, put the measure on the shelf behind the stove, and let this residue ferment.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The cell was roughly six by ten, with a metal bunk covered by a thin mattress and a woolen army blanket; a toilet without seat or toilet paper; a washbowl, brownish from residue and grime; a small metal shelf upon which was a pan, a tin cup, and a tablespoon.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • The drawers’ contents had been turned over recently, the dust disturbed, but there was nothing of value there: old quills, out-of-date textbooks that bore evidence of being roughly handled, a recently smashed ink bottle, its sticky residue covering the contents of the drawer.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The residue of your fortune, Go to my cave and tell me.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Edward was not entirely without hopes of some favourable change in his mother towards him; and on THAT he rested for the residue of their income.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • It was noon before they found water, a silty residue in the floor of an adobe tank.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • This settled the discussion for the time being, but there was a residue of opinion which was not satisfactory.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Its lid was open; it looked expectant; yet it was almost empty but for a residue of old underwear, sweets, empty ink bottles, and broken quills that coated the very bottom.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • There was a residue of pain there.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • They had received only a residue of fallout from Tampa and Orlando, and none at all from Miami and Jacksonville.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
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