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She was taught to be wary of strangers.
  careful or distrustful of someone or something
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  • She was taught to be wary of strangers.
  • She looked wary as she reached out to pet her friend’s new dog.
  • But everything makes me wary now.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • My dad smiled, talked, and was shocked and nervous when the gun was pulled on him. Shouldn’t he have been wary all along?
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry

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  • the empty cavern made me wary-I didn’t want to speak too loudly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He was wary again, on guard, distrustful.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • ...some animal thing was moving in him so that he was cautious and wary and dangerous;
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • I realized it was just his wariness of the supernatural that made him slow to respond.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • She wished she had run out when he’d first walked in, but she had stopped being wary, stopped being afraid.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • The parents waited, wary of us; then at last they dropped into the garden.
    David Almond  --  Skellig

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  • "That doesn’t sound like you," he said, wary now.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She sounded wary and glanced around, like maybe in the time since she’d last seen me I had gone over to the side of evil.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • His eyes were wary, reluctant.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • She approached, unarmed, but Eve watched warily.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • I watched his reaction warily, expecting more of the fury I’d seen at his house.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • When he saw them he veered to the side of the road and turned and stood warily.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • But something made me wary.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Eragon traveled quickly and saw little of the wary wildlife.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • My parents love each other, but they rarely show affection like this in front of us. They taught us that physical contact is powerful, so I have been wary of it since I was young.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He seemed placid to me on the platform, but something about that stillness makes me wary now.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • But a man who has lived by truth—and you have believed in what he has lived—he does not leave you merely wary when he fails you, he leaves you with nothing.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • A few of my fellow Scholars look twice at me, some with wariness, others with sympathy.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Warily, he dropped his hands and squinted; spots danced across his vision.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • They look wary and exhausted.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • But he was still wary.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • The face of a ’30s screwball-movie queen doesn’t always translate in our pixie-princess times, but I know from our years together that men like my sister, a lot, which puts me in that strange brotherly realm of being both proud and wary.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Instead, he seemed intent on keeping his boot in the proper place, as if warily pinning a rattlesnake to the canyon floor.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Maxon eyed him warily but then relented.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Magnus was looking at Alec a little warily, as if he had approached someone familiar on the street only to find out they were a stranger.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "I’ll keep that in mind," he said warily.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Ben was leaning on the wall, cradling his rifle and eyeing Evan warily, like he was sure any second Evan would bolt out of bed and make another attempt to take us out.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • In our country, where the army has seized power so many times, people are often wary of the military, particularly those from Swat, where the army had taken so long to act against the Taliban.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • "We’re alive," Emma replied, looking around warily.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Annette seemed scared of most other prisoners, but not Nina, who was Brooklyn street-smart, and just as wary of others as Annette: "They’re all wackos—they make me sick."
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Wary of potential violence, several states implemented reforms to eliminate the most abusive practices.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • After a second, she began to speak, a bit hesitantly at first, as if wary that he was going to interrupt her again.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • During the remainder of our stay, this good woman treated me with such a wary mixture of solicitude and distrust that I was relieved beyond measure to say farewell to her.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Be wary of folly.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But I’ve gone over this ground too many ways, and each time I conclude just as Mrs. Hickey has, which is that not only should one always be wary when buying into a situation, but once committed, graciously accept all realities.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I can tell he’s a formidable opponent by the way the others warily approach him even though he is injured and far outnumbered.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Wells glanced at him warily, then gave a curt nod.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Cinder allowed one more wary scan of the crowd before the first tickle of giddiness stirred inside her.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Granddad peered around the table in wary silence.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Nico’s eyes glinted warily.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He too had been wary of the notion when it occurred to him.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • For a few hours those wary anxious eyes had been filled with shining trust and happiness.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "I’m sure the princess has her reasons," Dorian said warily, disgusted by his mother’s unspoken prejudice.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "They tried getting this fencer yesterday, some of the standard enforcers, but it seems he has certain sword skills that made them wary, but I think I have a trick that will work" The quiet one hurried along behind, dragging the wagon.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • He and SEEf faced each other warily.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Since no cows were playing among the waves in front of him, I knew that he did not have a herd of his own, and for that reason would not be so wary or quickly angered.
    Scott O’Dell  --  Island of the Blue Dolphins
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