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fractured the shinbone
  a crack (or break) of a hard object — such as bone or rock; or the act of cracking or breaking
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  • fractured the shinbone
  • fracture in the earth’s crust
  • it was a nasty fracture
  • The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle

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  • Her leg had been so swollen and painful all along that the doctor had not even tried to set the fractures,
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • You haven’t any fracture.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • The story of Blackcliffs origin was the first thing I learned as a Yearling: Five hundred years ago, a warrior brute named Taius united the fractured Martial clans and swept down from the north, crushing the Scholar Empire and taking over most of the continent.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • (My shoulder was dislocated, but I only fractured two ribs.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He heard more fracturing of rock above him and realized that he no longer had any choice—or any time.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Then the military fractured, both sides got hold of weapons of war, and two opinions became two armies determined to destroy each other.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • Rumbles of thunder and the sound of rock fracturing combined to make a horrible chorus as the ground beneath Thomas continued to shake.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • I do miss our old place—all the bumps and ridges and hairline fractures left by the decades.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Squirrels darted along the branches of hickory trees, chattering a warning, while shafts of fractured sunlight cut through the foliage, lending her surroundings a dreamlike quality.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Sixteen broken bones, skull fracture, second-degree burns over most of your body.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Did you hear the fracturing of any bones while sitting on him?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Colonel Junaid explained that a bone had fractured and splinters had gone into my brain, creating a shock and causing it to swell.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • This occasioned conversations where every sentence suffered from multiple fractures, coupled with a lot of cautious mime—neither of us wanted to get shocked.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Sometimes we’re fractured by the choices we make; sometimes we’re shattered by things we would never have chosen.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The bones in his arms had fractured and his ligaments had torn in half, but after his first dose, he’d refused to take the painkillers, hating the woozy way they made him feel.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • He pointed at the thin fractures that crazed the smooth black surface of the body.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I had been reading a surgery text on fractures under the dim oil lamp, and though I was weary and about to retire, it was clear the corporal was disturbed, and so I thought it best to give him some attention.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Right now, we’re fractured.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • In my fractured mental state, I thought the trees were parting for us, grudgingly opening a path straight out of the woods.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Her mother didn’t know how to break the news to her daughter that Mr. West had died of a fractured skull and brain injuries the previous night.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "Looks like a fracture," an ambulance attendant said, feeling her right ankle.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • On top of it were several photos of our fractured family.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • His ribs were fractured in a haying accident and they never called a doctor.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Hyoid bone’s probably fractured.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • One of the lenses of his eyeglasses is already fractured, but otherwise he looks well enough.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "I’m fine," I repeat, even though everything around me is breaking, fracturing.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • It seems like the more my body healed, the more fractured my mind became, and there aren’t enough wires and screws to fix the breaks in it.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Despite all this Mrs. Brown possessed an unflinching sense of humor that often fractured me.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Nose was fractured when Subject 3286 elbowed her.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • God knows, I thought, it was something I hated to do; scenes such as I had just been a participant in fractured my spirit, exhausted me; all I really wanted to do was to curl up and take a nap.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Her eyes were blue like Jason’s, but they gleamed with fractured light, like she’d just come out of a bunker after a nuclear war—hungrily searching for familiar details in a changed world.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I was coated in ice, too, that fractured and crackled as I moved.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Some parts, such as the splinting of the two fingers with simple fractures, went quite easily.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "She’s had a bad crack on the head, a skull fracture, to tell you the truth she was in a coma for a while and her left leg was broken in so many pieces she came near to losing it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It’s a nice clean fracture, and it’ll go on all right, I’ve no doubt.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • The peculiar light in the club turned his eyes an array of fractured colors.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • In May, a Honduran had a fractured right clavicle.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Flying on one such mission, Garrett was shot down over the ocean, incurring a compound ankle fracture.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Macarthur’s skull was fractured by a blow on the back of the head and Vera Claythome was hanged.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I remember Caleb telling her that it would only take a month to mend, because it was a hairline fracture.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Clary dropped the fractured photo on the desk and slipped behind the screen, pulling Simon after her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • In a neighboring hut lay Raevski’s adjutant with a fractured wrist.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "They’re fractures along the earth’s crust," said Aziza.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Many had come from societies that had been fractured by war, and as a consequence they never had access to any kind of formal education.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The stresses and fractures, the quick collapse, the two of them buried alive under all that weight.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • When the job was done, Hans Hubermann took a few abbreviated steps before the pain fractured in his leg and brought him down.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
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