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Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlestick.
  moving quickly with coordination and balance  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking
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nimble nimbly nimbler nimbleness nimblest
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  • Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlestick.
  • She watched her daughter’s nimble fingers type instructions into the iPhone.
  • Today it is a larger and less nimble company.
  • The smelly nimble-footed thief.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed

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  • White fingers and nimble tore at the string and paper. And then an ecstatic scream of joy;...
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • Tall gleaming black boots stepped nimbly down the rungs.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • "I liked your idea of the army being voluntary," Mary said, her nimble fingers hard at work.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • I start to play and my fingers nimble up and I get off the stool and bang and crank against my guitar, pummel it until it screeches and screams just the way I want it to.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Long, nimble fingers set up the board.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • He was already halfway down the stairwell, his limbs nimble and spidery.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Horace pretended to trip over a curb, then bounced up nimbly and bowed like a dancer, tipping his hat.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • My nimble fingers were put to a use my parents or Abenthy never would have guessed.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She dropped to the ground with surprising nimbleness and grabbed a sack of garbage from the Dumpster.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • There were slick spots here and there on the floor that the Helpers hadn’t mopped up yet, and Kate nimbly avoided these, trying not to think about them.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Then Nathaniel, coming back down the road on a run, slipped the rope from the mooring and as they pulled away from the wharf leaped nimbly to his place with the crew.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • He blew one long, low, nimbly sound and I knew right then, with that one deep, sad moan, what the most beautiful sound in the world was.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • Switching onto the offensive, she nimbly swept toward him.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • He had one leg too short, and the makings of a humpback, but he moved forward toward her with surprising speed and nimbleness.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • As they argued, a most peculiar little figure stepped nimbly from behind the sign and approached them, talking all the while.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Her fingers were more nimble now and her stitches were more even.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Then he gave a push and leaped nimbly into the stern.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • Nimble and Ketch, get that girl.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Nimbly she removes it.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • Nimbly keeping away from the multifanged pack, I egg-shelled my way into Edna’s kitchen.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Chubs’s fingers were quick and nimble as he opened the peanut butter crackers and started in on them.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Surely, I thought, Sophie would be lying in bed when I returned, the golden hair shining in a rectangle of sunshine, the nimble loving hands outstretched, beckoning me to renewed delight .
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Almost fell to our deaths, but luckily I’ve got nimble hooves.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • It was less a rampage than a dance, both adversaries rooted in strength, but so nimble they seemed to float above the ground.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A nearby thunk announces Tramy as he jumps from the upper loft, landing beside us on nimble feet.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Nimble as a cricket, Teagan leapt on in front of her.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • No!’ said Dr Forrest; ’he’ll be as nimble as ever on his pins in a fortnight.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Penny says it keeps his fingers nimble.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He knew they were from parts of the world where kids played street soccer—with quick passes and nimble footwork.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He was small and nimble, pacing the school office with his manic yet businesslike movements and mannerisms.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The heart of flame leapt nimbly across the gap between the trees and then went swinging and flaring along the whole row of them.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The little beetle-like men who scuttle so nimbly through the labyrinthine corridors of Ministries they, too, would never be vaporized.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The lamp shade rattled faintly and Toohey felt the nimble under his shoe soles: the presses were rolling.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • They were slender but sinewy hands, which made me think of two nimble little animals.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • They tied the bags to their waists and they slapped their hands together to warm stiff fingers that had to be nimble.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The best known among them was a small fat pig named Squealer, with very round cheeks, twinkling eyes, nimble movements, and a shrill voice.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Fingers, though blunt, were far more nimble than a hook.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Stepping nimbly out of Harry’s reach, he pulled a thick wad of envelopes from the inside of the pillowcase he was wearing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Van Helsing stepped from the carriage with the eager nimbleness of a boy.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • We marveled at her as we watched her nimble fingers play the hangers like so many keys.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Out on the ocean, diamonds of sunlight danced on the water, and Eddie stared at their nimble movement.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • It was the kind of plane that men wanted to be seen in: handsome, masculine, nimble, fiercely armed, reliable, long-winded, and practically indestructible.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Cara is surprisingly nimble—she moves over the rungs like she’s plucking banjo strings, touching each one only briefly before she moves to the next one.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Not I, believe me: you have dancing shoes, With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • I bid her be cautious lest she got a fall, and she nimbly disappeared.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Colonel Cathcart gulped awkwardly and made a nimble recovery.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
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