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She was completely unaware that with one twist of the tongue she could plunge Jean Louise into a moral turmoil by making her niece doubt her own motives and best intentions, by tweaking the protestant, philistine strings of Jean Louise’s conscience until they vibrated like a spectral zither.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  to fine-tune or improve by making minor adjustments
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tweak tweaked tweaks tweaking tweaky
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  • She was completely unaware that with one twist of the tongue she could plunge Jean Louise into a moral turmoil by making her niece doubt her own motives and best intentions, by tweaking the protestant, philistine strings of Jean Louise’s conscience until they vibrated like a spectral zither.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Memories tweak and spark.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • They stay inside most of the time, aside from occasional wild-eyed treks to the laundry room—darting across the gravel parking lot with their clothes in trash bags, some sort of tweaky spring cleaning.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • How was I supposed to tweak nothing?
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite

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  • By the end of the night, a slightly tweaked formula had worked for two more K’s: IX and XIV.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • I could swear it tweaks its angle to raise my elbows higher.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Mrs. Jackson had figured out how to keep Meg’s old look but tweak it to be more complementary.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She reached out and tweaked my cheek the way my grandmother would and said, "What’s up, cutie?"
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • The Medium tweaked his nose.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Then they would tweak it to the current Chairman’s intelligence preferences.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • It was as if the desert heat they’d driven through had tweaked Stinky’s brain.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I wish I could say that I listen, but I spend most of the time thinking about how to tweak my angel food cake recipe and proper kickboxing techniques.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • She angled her chair, tested again, tweaked the tuning.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • I’d basically tweaked out like a junkie in front of him and, well, I’m sure it wasn’t too fun to watch.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Alby reached down and tweaked the boy’s ear.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Tally tweaked the eye-shape parameters, pulling the arch of the eyebrows down almost to normal.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • It spent several minutes tweaking its feathers with its beak, exposing soft down.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • "He’s certainly a bit tweaked at an angle," Len said when he called my father, "but I have nothing on him."
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Or he tweaked the original plan, anyway.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • She drops it, gives the slick nipple a final tweak, and then blows the men a kiss.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Which made Mo tweak her nose.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • I am witnessing the work of a master, mused Lieutenant Collet as he tweaked his audio gear and listened to Fache’s voice coming through the headphones.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Then she started tweaking the hairpins from my hair.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • For caresses, too, I now got grimaces; for a pressure of the hand, a pinch on the arm; for a kiss on the cheek, a severe tweak of the ear.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Carefully, making sure not to tweak his shoulder, Seth leaned his head against the sofa’s back and closed his eyes.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • ’Finest dragonskin, little bro’,’ said Fred, giving his zip a little tweak.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • For the last few hours, while getting my hair and makeup done and my outfit fitted and tweaked, I’d managed to ignore the chatter around me.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • He tweaked his mustache.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • They see what the really wired kids are doing and they tweak it.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Mr Deasy looked down and held for awhile the wings of his nose tweaked between his fingers.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She ran her hands over her breasts (dirtypillows) again, and the skin was cool but the nipples were hot and hard, and when she tweaked one it made her feel weak and dissolving.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • This’ll tweak his beard for sure when he hears of it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Then she would give the nose a sound tweak.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Mrs. Harling gave us a lively account of Ambrosch’s behaviour throughout the interview; how he kept jumping up and putting on his cap as if he were through with the whole business, and how his mother tweaked his coat-tail and prompted him in Bohemian.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • And Jo pulled her hair again with a wrathful tweak.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • It’s never something huge that changes everything, but instead the tiniest of details, irrevocably tweaking the balance of the universe while you’re busy focusing on the big picture.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • My dad would run through the basic spiel, tweaking it depending on what sort of people they were: he played up his Southern charm for Northerners, talked NASCAR and barbeque with locals.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • He was immensely proud of Lin’s success with Ligaroti, but he enjoyed tweaking his son, and he was good at it.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • We looked at each other, streaked with sweat, thin and bony like scarecrows and as ugly, and suddenly what he had said seemed very funny; and first Selvam and then Ira began to laugh, helpless, speechless, with tears running down their cheeks, until we older people slowly joined them-could not help but join in their laughter-and the spectre of what had been tweaked at our memories in vain.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • She swung herself up into the driving seat and tweaked the mare’s mouth cruelly, so that he had plenty to do.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • What Fermat had thus done, by an academic tweak, was to transform a formula which had an infinite number of perfect solutions into a blind alley that had no solution at all.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Newman returned no answer to this compliment, but looked over Ralph’s shoulder for an instant, (he was adjusting the collar of the spencer behind, just then,) as if he were strongly disposed to tweak him by the nose.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He grinned, gave her breast a quick tweak that sent fury and rage cycling to her gut.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • You shall tweak the nose of your Prince of Shades up there.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I believe God never tweaks the laws of nature to achieve some desired outcome.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Roshaneh and Sadaffe spent their first few years tweaking the business model.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He was wearing a green knitted cap, its crown tweaked into a point.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • A slight tweak can produce drastic and often unforeseen results.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He needed him, what with half the family tweaking and prone to doing stupid things.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • He tweaked me a little as the other sniper pulled in front.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
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