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The company has been managing anemic growth.
  suffering from too few red blood cells

or metaphorically:  lacking vitality
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  • The company has been managing anemic growth.
  • What’re you lookin’ so anemic about, Bernard?
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • They like to stand out in the cold especially if it’s raining. They think suffering is good for you ever since they saw that movie 300 Spartans. I’m no Spartan and hold up an anemic wrist to prove it.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • I could easily see that she was somewhat bloodless, but I could not see the usual anemic signs, and by the chance, I was able to test the actual quality of her blood,
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • She has lost the anemic look which she had.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • If she were in any way anemic I could understand it, but she is not.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But the conditions of her are in no way anemic.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • IN THE BATHROOM, the gush becomes a stream, the stream becomes a trickle, the trickle becomes an anemic dribble.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • If that was true, his prospects were dim, as we peered at the anemic-looking chicken wings in the old-fashioned automat-style vending machine.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Once, Miri had a blood test at the lab to see if she was anemic.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event

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  • The little doctor is sitting behind his big desk with an anemic-looking roasted bird on a dish in front of him.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Alex pulls into the narrow alley that separates our property—a strip of grass, really, a single, anemic tree, and a waist-high chain-link fence—from the next.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • After withholding taxes this meant that the anemic blue check placed on my desk each Friday by the hunchbacked little woman who managed the payroll represented emolument in the nature of a little over ninety cents an hour.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I am a son of Apollo, you anemic loser.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I considered explaining that I was anemic and had to take iron a few times a day, especially when I was under stress, but I thought better.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Hanne had tried to use dishwasher soap to create some bubbles, but the result was anemic and soon disappeared.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • They were a pair of white mice, I thought—only Kitsey was a spun-sugar, fairy-princess mouse whereas Andy was more the kind of luckless, anemic, pet-shop mouse you might feed to your boa constrictor.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He was a blond, spiritless man, anaemic, and faintly handsome.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Our fresh troops are anaemic boys in need of rest, who cannot carry a pack, but merely know how to die.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • You won’t be a little disciple putting up anemic little things in early Jacobean or late Cameron.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Blood tests revealed that I was anemic, and that my level of sodium was very high and my potassium low.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I went back the second time to recover from Martin’s birth, since I’d gotten dangerously anemic, and to get the boys their booster shots.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • For example, all the iron in your blood which stops you from being anemic was made in a star.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • But he was one of those weak creatures, void of pride, timorous, anaemic, hateful souls, full of shifty cunning, who face neither God nor man, who face not even themselves.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • "Don’t you be in too much hurry about that door," said the anaemic cabman, anxiously.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • His motive in the relationship seemed to resemble the need of an anemic person who receives a kind of living transfusion from the mere sight of a savagely overabundant vitality.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Yaeko and Myeko, the two daughters, were anemic, but all three had so far escaped any of the more serious complications that so many young hibakusha were suffering.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Andrey Semyonovitch was an anaemic, scrofulous little man, with strangely flaxen mutton-chop whiskers of which he was very proud.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He has no pupillary signs but is unresponsive and looks anemic.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • The nightlights of the fireflies became pale and anaemic.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • He proposed life itself as a counterweight to the anemic interest in history and what he called the Christian ’slave morality.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Their hair was but half attended to, their ears anemic in hue, and their shoes broken in leather and run down at heel and toe.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • But we’ll want to run a few more tests, also make sure she’s not diabetic or anemic, for instance.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • She had become so dully habituated to married life that in her full matronliness she was as sexless as an anemic nun.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • It wasn’t much more than a meandering dirt lane, one car wide in spots, cutting through the blandness of sagebrush and ducking down to an anemic border river.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • She had known Nettie Crane as one of the discouraged victims of over-work and anaemic parentage: one of the superfluous fragments of life destined to be swept prematurely into that social refuse-heap of which Lily had so lately expressed her dread.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Colonel Reynolds was easy to pick out of a crowd, and he made the other Anglican communicants look like an anemic, malnourished race indeed.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • All were white faced and anaemic after thirty-one days’ confinement within the hull, and he had three cases of intense depression rendering those men unreliable for duty.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Mami detailed how his children were suffering, how his littlest boy was so anemic people thought he was a corpse come back to life; she told him about his oldest son, playing in the barrio, tearing open his feet and exchanging blows with his so-called friends.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • He could only remember seeing them in their group by the photographs, but these characterless, anaemic young people were indeed officials from his bank, not colleagues of his, that was putting it too high and it showed a gap in the omniscience of the supervisor, but they were nonetheless junior members of staff at the bank.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • At the Kenilworth Amory met Burne Holiday—he of the gray eyes was Kerry—and during a limpid meal of thin soup and anaemic vegetables they stared at the other freshmen, who sat either in small groups looking very ill at ease, or in large groups seeming very much at home.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • How in the face of this suddenly frosted and blanched affection to pretend an interest he did not feel—how, indeed, continue with a relationship which now, as alive and vigorous as it might have been as little as fifteen days before, appeared exceedingly anemic and colorless.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • In the dingy old front parlor which she had tried to make smart with a pier glass, covers from fashion magazines, anemic French prints, Mrs. Swiftwaite moved smoothly among the dress-dummies and hat-rests, spoke smoothly as she took up a small black and red turban.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It was a copy of Raphael’s Transfiguration, something I only knew because of an art history course I’d taken when I fancied myself in love with the TA who ran the class sessions—a tall, anemic guy with ski-slope cheekbones who wore black, smoked clove cigarettes, and wrote Nietzsche quotes on the back of his hand.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • He offered an anemic smile and stepped aside.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • It is the most anemic scream in the history of screaming.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • No doubt of it, totally anemic, just as I said.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • When Hemlatha unwrapped the shrouds of cotton she found a young, pale, anemic girl.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He laughed angrily at his own foolishness: it was absurd to care what an anaemic little waitress said to him; but he was strangely humiliated.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Then Dr. Pipi said that Prudence was probably anemic and would need a blood transfusion to get her through a C-section.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
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