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The back yard is a veritable jungle.
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  • The back yard is a veritable jungle.
  • He’s a huge guy — a veritable giant.
  • a veritable blizzard of paperwork
  • All the pictures make the living room look like a veritable shrine to her children.

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  • The veritable flowers of the Pyrenees.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • ...we shall contribute one-third to the business and industrial prosperity of the South, or we shall prove a veritable body of death, stagnating, depressing, retarding every effort to advance the body politic.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • His memory was remarkable; he was a veritable sponge, soaking up everything that Ruth or I ever told him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "The Eighth wasn’t quite so sweet, and maybe I should have known it since her name, Katherine Barker, anagrams into Heart Breaker, Ink, like she’s a veritable CEO of Dumping, but anyway she asked me out on a date and then I said yes and then she called me a freak and said I didn’t have any pubes and that she would never seriously go out with me—all of which, to be fair, was true.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I walk through the small kitchen, and there’s a veritable gallery of shots of Mia’s grandparents in front of a plethora of orchestra pits, of Mia’s aunts and uncles and cousins hiking through Oregon mountains or lifting up pints of ale.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • A veritable master of the five-fingered arts.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • The only real landmarks were bizarre and colorful lawn ornaments, of which Circle Village was a veritable open-air museum.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • And then my having the companion feeling, too, that my life had all at once become provisional again, the way a young man’s might be, open to possibility and choice and then vulnerability as well, a state of being I have always treated with veritable dread.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A shearing had brought a veritable mountain of gray wool to be washed and bleached and dyed, enough to keep Mercy carding and spinning and weaving for the next twelve months.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • By this time she was veritably screaming.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Son, the North believes it has a veritable patent on virtue," my father said, gingerly stroking with a forefinger his shiny new black eye.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A veritable warrior of your people, like him whose name you bear, Simon Maccabeus.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The castle is a veritable prison, and I am a prisoner!
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Most veritable; therefore look to’t well.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • This recital was for him the occasion of veritable triumph.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Around his neck hung a veritable zoo of animal amulets.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Ten minutes later there’s a veritable wagon train.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • As long as you’re in the food business, why not make candy? A veritable thunderstorm of words came crashing down on me again this morning.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The thistle is the order for dignity and antiquity; the veritable ’nemo me impune lacessit’ of chivalry.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • One day the matron had said to her: "Maria, you are a veritable peace-maker!"
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • To White Fang, Beauty Smith was a veritable, if terrible, god.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • And Bertha Jorkins, who might have ruined all, proved instead to be a gift beyond my wildest dreams for — with a little persuasion — she became a veritable mine of information.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • It had become a veritable train of sorrow.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Therefore you must not, in every case at least, take the higgledy-piggledy whale statements, however authentic, in these extracts, for veritable gospel cetology.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But Vanger had explained that his nephew was a veritable hermit with a woman who lived in Hedestad.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • My comfort was, that it happened a long time ago, and that he had doubtless been transported a long way off, and that he was dead to me, and might be veritably dead into the bargain.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The fetes are veritable pleasure days to the Italians.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Certain convicts who were forever dreaming of escape, ended by making a veritable science of force and skill combined.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Whether it was the slaughterhouses or the dumps that were responsible, one could not say, but with the hot weather there descended upon Packingtown a veritable Egyptian plague of flies; there could be no describing this—the houses would be black with them.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He exaggerated every detail, making it appear a veritable Lucullean feast.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • As soon as they’d arrived, Chinita and Glick had seen a veritable army of young men pour out of the Alpha Romeos and surround the church.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Strange to say, he stood up for her as if she were in earnest his veritable born lady; to such a pass had his unholy books brought him.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • As intended, they consumed a veritable feast of hamburgers, fries, and shakes at the Grill.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • He kissed her again and felt the sharp bones of her hips move in a hard and veritable grind.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Why, see here, my friend Mr. McMurphy, my psychopathic sidekick, our Miss Ratched is a veritable angel of mercy and why just everyone knows it.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Let us return to the veritable grand hall of the veritable old palace.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • His building, like most that catered to the super-rich, was a veritable fortress.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Our numbers are greater than in Farthen Dur, for King Orrin has joined forces with us and we have received a veritable flood of volunteers since we began to spread the word about you, Eragon, although we are still far weaker than the Empire.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Thou art a veritable phenomenon.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Il y a ici une veritable clairvoyante!
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • When we gaze up at thestars, we see a veritable chaos of twinkling dots.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • If once we can produce our perfect work—the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls "Forces" while denying the existence of "spirits"—then the end of the war will be in sight.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • So here she was, forecasting the veritable history of future prisoners of the Castle d’If, without knowing it.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • His whole attitude was one of intense longing—a veritable prayer for that confidence, which her foolish pride withheld from him.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Her childhood was unhappy: she was ugly; she stuttered; her mother persecuted her with sarcasms in an effort to arouse some social charms and forced her to go about the town in a veritable harness of jewels.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • We were standing outside talking, when they all came running up the steps together, big and little, tow heads and gold heads and brown, and flashing little naked legs; a veritable explosion of life out of the dark cave into the sunlight.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
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