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He swept up the debris.
  the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
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  • He swept up the debris.
  • Debris from floods had caught in the limbs,
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Squatting close to the ground, he followed the long shadow cast by the continuous mounds of mining debris.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • But the crisp beauty conceals fallen trees and washed-out trails, hillsides treacherous with mud and debris.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • Only dust and debris and that looming shape of the building, almost on top of them now They’d lost any hope of organization or staying together.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Hayden has lit a candle he found in the debris, making the basement smell like cinnamon over mildew.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • A crowd of about twenty people were fighting over a big pile of something he couldn’t quite make out, tossing debris and pushing and shoving, throwing punches.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • In the short hallway that led to my room, there was a pile of debris that I had to climb over to get to my door.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Half an hour later, Mark was back inside the Berg, kicking through debris, only now he was walking on a wall instead of the grated floor.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • See inbred girl; lie breeds grin; leering debris; greed be nil, sir; be idle re. rings; ringside rebel; residing rebel, etc.]
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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  • I grasp for the words like a drowning man reaching for floating debris," …. you said you hated me?"
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Weaving through the stalled cars that seem to pop through a white curtain, covered in three seasons’ worth of debris.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Debris crackling beneath my boots.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • It took them a week to clear the debris.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The altar was buried under a midden of debris.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It had shattered like a giant egg, its pieces all mixed up in a heap of debris and smashed floorboards.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • By the end of August we were almost finished with our work preparing the warden’s house for its new resident, painting the garage door bright red and cleaning up the postconstruction debris.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • As much as he loved animals, he didn’t want to start shampooing until all the …. debris had been rinsed away.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Eventually the jam broke and the waters sub= sided; but the cabin had lost its charm, for the debris on the floor was a foot thick and somewhat repellent.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • As we made it out of the trees and over the top of the hill the wind gusted again, pelting us with more debris before it died down.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I step gingerly into the almost total darkness, careful of debris on the floor.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Clarke raised her arms to protect her head, but she could still feel the debris scorching her neck.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Her floodlight targeted the body of a rusted hover, entrenching the piles of debris behind it in shadows.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • When they started separating the debris, a few bodies, or parts of them, became distinguishable.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • They were making their slow way up the hill, clearing weeds and debris from the paths.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Every sound that had ever been uttered or made, from way back to when there were none, to way up when there were too many, came hurtling out of the debris in a way that sounded as though everyone in the world was laughing, whistling, shouting, crying, singing, whispering, humming, screaming, coughing, and sneezing, all at the same time.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • A truck piled high with produce drove by, losing a cloud of debris.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Feeling it everywhere under my feet, I knew that the cay was littered with debris.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • Bits of burning debris fell from the bridge and set boats below on fire.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Madame Hoo tried to make the injured woman as comfortable as possible on the debris-strewn floor.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • He had to do something, so he began to pick up the fallen coffins, to remove the debris, and to replace the tangle of tumbled bones into the coffins, disappointed to discover that none of the many Frobishers and Frobyshers and Pettyfers gathered around to watch seemed to be quite certain whose bones belonged in which container.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • A revolting smell of burnt rubber seeped up from the debris.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • And the way Trent does it has resulted in entire valleys being filled up with debris.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • It shuttles across debris, illuminates a fallen hunk of wall, lights up a twisted piece of shelving.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It’s like watching a video of an explosion played backward, every piece of debris being sucked back into place, like nothing ever happened.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Then he mentioned the great storm of ’52, which had splintered ships of iron and littered a fifty-mile stretch of beach with debris.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Save for the paper debris, nothing was left.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I could get the coffee free, but by now I want to be out of there as much as possible, away from the sickly back-room odor of raw poultry, the rows of naked chickens like dead babies, the mushed-up, lukewarm, dog dish debris of customers’ meals.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Fortunately the ventus acted like a fan, blowing the debris out of Jason’s face.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • THE WIND GUSTED THROUGH THE OPEN fields rimming the farmhouse, spraying debris against the windows.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Something poked up in the middle of the debris but then disappeared.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • Charlie’s body, when they pulled it from the lake, looked like debris.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • At almost exactly the same moment there was a black flash, with debris sweeping and twisting around me, and a roar of hot wind slammed into me and threw me across the room.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Dusting off some debris," I said, and smiled toward Chris.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Hide and confine your debris.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Two life rafts, holding the entire five-man B-25 crew, floated amid plane debris.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • If the crushing debris and the flames didn’t get them, the smoke did.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • But the apples must have set off enough mines, causing debris to activate the others.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Christina whoops as we bump over another piece of debris, like she’s having the time of her life.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I saw a bullet— pocked sign half buried at an angle in a heap of debris.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
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