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She stole a surreptitious glance at him.
  done secretly or in a manner that avoids notice
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surreptitiously surreptitious
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  • She stole a surreptitious glance at him.
  • a surreptitious glance at the clock
  • To survive the ordeal, Collette and Pari surreptitiously pass each other a silver flask of cheap vodka.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Laila meant this less as a joke than as a surreptitious entry into another line of talk,
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

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  • ...and then immediately afterwards gave quick surreptitious glances at each other.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • ...looking up surreptitiously at me over his glasses.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • tried to rub it clean surreptitiously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Eragon surreptitiously strung his bow.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Beside it was one of the nozzles that Mr. Caton had surreptitiously built.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • ...friend who’s surreptitiously hidden some of our things for us!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl

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  • Lieutenant Dubosc managed to cast a surreptitious glance at his watch.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • they surreptitiously wipe away their tears with their cuffs and the corner of their cloaks.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • We returned to the lot separately, surreptitiously.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Surreptitiously, Denver pinches a piece of Beloved’s skirt between her fingers and holds on.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Holly glanced surreptitiously around the cell.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Eragon surreptitiously watched the elf, curious as to what he looked like without his clothes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Meggie saw her mother take a piece of paper from the pocket of her dress and surreptitiously press it into Dustfinger’s hand.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Harry looked surreptitiously through the doorways as they passed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Langdon could imagine no greater thrill than finding an Illuminati marker-a statue that surreptitiously pointed the way down the Path of Illumination.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Then one morning he dropped a white envelope on the seat beside her just before he got off the bus. She let it lie there all the way to her stop, but couldn’t resist scooping it up as surreptitiously as possible when she stood to pull the cord.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Their car broke down and the mechanic who fixed it surreptitiously cannibalized the motor of parts, putting in used parts instead, for the replacement of which they had to pay the rental company and which resulted in the car breaking down a second time, on their way back.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • As Drew took a step toward the interior of the cafeteria toward the pyramid of milk cartons, Josie stuck out her foot surreptitiously so that he tripped, landing flat on his face.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Surreptitiously, I applied a fresh section of white towel to my wound, thinking that as soon as the bleeding stopped, I would take the late trolley back to the asylum.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • I breathed in heavily and breathed out, then did a surreptitious 360.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • He studied the photograph surreptitiously and then closed the magazine and put it back where it belonged, on the top shelf.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • They joined the stream of witches and wizards moving toward the golden gates at the end of the hall, looking around as surreptitiously as possible, but there was no sign of the distinctive figure of Dolores Umbridge.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Through this book, which I surreptitiously took from a corner of our bookshelves when I was twelve years old, I discovered why I had no paternal grandparents and why my father never talked about his family.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The couple seated themselves on the opposite side, and intently but surreptitiously scrutinized her clothes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • in March 1934 he hired three Sherpas, disguised himself as a Buddhist monk, and, defying the authorities of the Raj, surreptitiously trekked 300 miles through the forests of Sikkim and the sere Tibetan plateau.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • You just drop one surreptitiously and it’ll run off and make a nice loud noise out of sight, giving you a diversion if you need one.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It was another of my surreptitious schemes for extinguishing knighthood by making it grotesque and absurd.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Jennifer spent part of the morning—when she was supposed to be finishing Pete’s reports—surreptitiously making calls to utility companies.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • She glanced down surreptitiously at her wrists as she fell into step behind him—they were ringed with red where his fingers had gripped her, and more strangely, her fingertips were smudged black, as if she had somehow stained them with ink.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • ...gave him cornbread ... surreptitiously ... because the household did not have food for eating between meals
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Ruth would watch them surreptitiously, peering over the top of her book.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • And then he remembers his surreptitious identity for the evening: "I’m a freshman at Amherst."
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • By which time, ROS has returned, tiptoeing with great import, ... points surreptitiously behind him-and a tight whisper:

    ROS: I say-he’s there!
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Had Judy managed to put together some surreptitious plot to get Mahtob and me out of Iran?
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • ’ As they pushed the door somebody raised a cue and surreptitiously pushed back one of the jefe’s rings.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • In almost no time his flowing reasonings carried him to the point of even half believing he was doing Roxy a splendid surreptitious service in selling her "down the river."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • They got their drinking water some miles away, usually from a spigot outside a convenience store, surreptitiously filling the jugs that...
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I received word, through surreptitious means that I dare not go into,
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Helen eyed him surreptitiously as she nodded in Old Chao’s direction.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • "I’ll be more careful," I promised, surreptitiously crossing my fingers under the table.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • You are surreptitious
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • began to load their four pieces of luggage into the wagon (into one of them Charity had surreptitiously placed all six of her snapshot albums).
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • I glanced surreptitiously again at the man in the other pannier.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The midwife surreptitiously confiscated the caul and later sold it to a sailor from the Brooklyn Navy Yard for two dollars.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He must enter her surreptitiously, lifting the hem of her nightgown only to her navel.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • One morning, arriving late to the scene, she found the girls giggling more surreptitiously than usual and she demanded to know the reason.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
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