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Though she didn’t speak Chinese, she was able to pantomime her meaning.
  a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words
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pantomime pantomimes pantomimic pantomimist
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  • Though she didn’t speak Chinese, she was able to pantomime her meaning.
  • A pantomime artist entertained us while we waited in line.
  • But Lennie made an elaborate pantomime of innocence.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • And he rubbed his big frog-like hands together as if he were talking of going to a party or a pantomime.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair

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  • (He ... pantomimes someone over an operating table) I can just see that chick someday looking down at some poor cat on an operating table and before she starts to slice him, she says . . .
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • It seems advisable that at the opening of the play where the audience is first introduced to pantomime and imaginary props, that Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb in the preparation of breakfast perform much of their business with their backs to the audience, and do not distract and provoke its attention with too distinct and perhaps puzzling a picture of the many operations of coffee-grinding, porridge-stirring, etc.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • He had always smiled at me before, an over-sad pantomime smile, with mockery in his eyes.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Stargirl’s pantomime remains the best I have ever seen.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Did the pantomime help?
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • If more is said that Marie-Laure cannot overhear—if there is a pantomime going on between them, notes passed, stratagems agreed upon—she cannot say.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • It was a piece of pantomime.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • He shivered, pulled his collar closer in pantomime and glanced at the sky.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I don’t suppose they had ever thought about railways except as a means of getting to Maskelyne and Cook’s, the Pantomime, Zoological Gardens, and Madame Tussaud’s.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • He could only pantomime, hoping she would turn his way and see him.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • I expressed in pantomime the greatest astonishment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Like Mr. Heck Tate, I imagined a person facing me, went through a swift mental pantomime, and concluded that he might have held her with his right hand and pounded her with his left.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • A burst of childish laughter greets my blunder, and the pantomime begins all over again.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • She made me do six months of pantomime.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • A staid, steadfast man, whose life for the most part was a telling pantomime of action, and not a tame chapter of sounds.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • All that Grimaud gained by this momentary pantomime was to pass from the rear guard to the vanguard.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • (He acted it out in a pantomime that made Ruth May laugh fiercely.) He said you go so many times you don’t have anything left of your insides.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • A ceremony followed, in dumb show, in which it was easy to recognise the pantomime of a marriage.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Her pantomime of his action suggests a man pursuing something on the ground before him and striking at it ever and again with his walking-stick.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Gavroche, as he sang, was lavish of his pantomime.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He was then bound and fastened to the body of the sapling, on whose branches Magua had acted the pantomime of the falling Huron.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • "I understand," said Monte Cristo, well acquainted with Ali’s pantomime; "you mean to tell me that three female attendants await their new mistress in her sleeping-chamber."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I would pantomime putting the hat on my head and work on just the right bland lines for the press: "Our team works hard in practice, and it pays off in the games."
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Chix Verbil’s pantomime antics provided the perfect cover for a spot of pilfering.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • A terrible sense of loneliness came over me; they seemed to enact a mysterious pantomime.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The high-backed chair in front of the fire moved suddenly and there rose up out of it — like a pantomime demon coming up out of a trapdoor the alarming form of Uncle Andrew.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • A young woman stumbled over a bit last night, and fell against my garden-railings; directly she got up I saw her look towards his infernal red lamp with the pantomime-light.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • By this time they had passed beyond Frome’s earshot and he could only follow the shadowy pantomime of their silhouettes as they continued to move along the crest of the slope above him.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Even their warfare was a weary pantomime.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • This was the drumming noise which had alarmed us, increased, as I imagine, by the wing strokes falling at times on the decayed and hollow stump on which the curious pantomime was acted.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • So I glanced at my wrist watch, brought my hand dramatically to my mouth as though remembering something urgent and important, repeated the pantomime in case anybody had missed it, and with this tacit explanation started briskly back toward the center of the school.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • By question 11 —"I am terrible at pantomime, as in games like charades" — he was laughing out loud.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Eliza smiles for the first time; expresses her feelings by a wild pantomime in which an imitation of Higgins’s exit is confused with her own triumph; and finally goes down on her knees on the hearthrug to look for the ring.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He drags a second plank into position and slants the two of them into their final juxtaposition, gesturing toward the ones yet on the ground, shaping with his empty hand in pantomime the finished box.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • He understood this pantomime.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • She heard old Royce sing in the pantomime of Turko the Terrible and laughed with others when he sang: I am the boy That can enjoy Invisibility.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • To meet her starry-eyed confidence he mustered an insincere pantomime implying, "You would turn up here—of all the people in the world."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Then he quietly took Sir Andrew’s hat from a chair close by, put it on his own head, tugged at his dirty blouse, and generally tried to express in pantomime that the individual in question wore very fine clothes.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It was mostly in pantomime.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • —In a pantomime, love.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The three syllables of this charade were to be depicted in pantomime, and the performance took place in the following wise: First syllable.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • VLADIMIR: Worse than the pantomime.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • Will fell after and they both stood, clamorous with alarms, shaken by concussions of silent pantomime, blasted by events all the more numbing because they ran off into the night unknown.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Thoroughly pleased with himself Peter repeated the performance, this time adding a touch of pantomime, staggering backward as if he’d been struck.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Men were putting their heads together in twos and threes, telling good stories, with pantomimic laughter which reached convulsive grimace.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Tom gave the requisite pantomime to indicate the double enjoyment of pulling the trigger and thrusting the spear.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
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