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akimbo


She stood there akimbo.
  with hands on hips and elbows extending outward
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  • She stood there akimbo.
  • Two steps inside the glass doors, the dead man lies faceup with his legs akimbo and his mouth gaping.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Kaleb Wallace and his brother Thurston, his left arm hanging akimbo at his side, pounded the front door with their rifle butts.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • She rocked on her heels and raised her arms lazily and resistlessly akimbo, mainly aware now of the woman frantically fingering herself, the flaming becurlered mop of hair bobbing beneath like a huge shredded poppy.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Rachel and Cayley, after a short period of mourning, went back to their laptops, and seemed happy enough now that there were couches in the tent, and food, and a strong wi-fi signal, so they sat eating contentedly while Brad lay on the stage, between the various projectors, his legs akimbo, like a toy bear.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Now it was all gone but the image: dead boys with limbs akimbo, staring at the sky.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She was now standing arms akimbo, her shoulders drooping a little, her head cocked to one side, her glasses winking in the sunlight.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Anatole, having taken off his overcoat, sat with arms akimbo before a table on a corner of which he smilingly and absent-mindedly fixed his large and handsome eyes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The suit of clothes, now all unbuttoned and hanging loosely upon its unseen supports, stood up, arms akimbo.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • He frowns at me for a moment, arms akimbo.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

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  • He climbed onto the roof of the limo and stood there, legs planted, arms akimbo, like Superman—except with only the underwear.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Crouching like that, she’s like a doll, an old one that’s been pillaged and discarded, in some corner, akimbo.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Infuriated at the self-command of the captive, the woman placed her arms akimbo; and, throwing herself into a posture of defiance, she broke out anew, in a torrent of words that no art of ours could commit successfully to paper.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • With her arms akimbo, she hugged her shawl about her shoulders defiantly.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • THE FAN: (Folded akimbo against her waist) Is me her was you dreamed before?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Amy was asked, but Jo was not, which was fortunate for all parties, as her elbows were decidedly akimbo at this period of her life, and it took a good many hard knocks to teach her how to get on easily.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • And what they saw was something akimbo and arustle in the down-hung wicker carriage.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Pyotr jumped on the box, and putting his arms akimbo, told the coachman to drive to the booking-office.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But the boy had moved in the night; he lay sprawled on his back now, arms and legs akimbo.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Words cannot state the amount of aggravation and injury wreaked upon me by Trabb’s boy, when passing abreast of me, he pulled up his shirt-collar, twined his side-hair, stuck an arm akimbo, and smirked extravagantly by, wriggling his elbows and body, and drawling to his attendants, "Don’t know yah, don’t know yah, ’pon my soul don’t know yah!"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Mrs. O’Dowd put herself with arms akimbo before the bedroom door.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It’s not like he’s even premed, like Chiniqua, whom he spots near the aisle, her birdlike arms akimbo, elbows out and pencil scribbling, with her face pressed close to the page.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And this dreadful blacksmith with his arms akimbo, laughing,—oh, isn’t he ugly?
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Suppose the house were sold (she stood arms akimbo in front of the looking-glass) it would want seeing to—it would.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • There he was, brazenly immodest in checked red and black pajamas, sitting on his front steps, knees akimbo and binoculars pressed to his eyes.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • I turned and stared, arms akimbo, at the thick green behind me, into which the steamy ravine cut like a smoking gash.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The basket being large and heavy, Car had placed it for convenience of porterage on the top of her head, where it rode on in jeopardized balance as she walked with arms akimbo.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • If she put the cane aside, her four limbs went akimbo as she tried to maintain her balance.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The widow, standing on the porch with buttery arms akimbo, yammered after the fleeing girl: "And don’t you dare show your face on this block again.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • His arms were akimbo.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • And here was Hegglund, before whom was standing a German or Scandinavian type, plump and pretty, her arms akimbo and her feet wide apart.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • He passed one of his heavy hands over his crisp dark hair as if to sweep the broken thoughts out of his mind and sat a little forward, with one arm akimbo and the other resting on his leg, looking in a brown study at the ground.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • …sudden wet warmth upon my face and seeing the safe shooting wildly into the intersection and the men rounding the corner into the dark, pounding, gone; gone now, as the skittering safe bounded off at a tangent, shot into the intersection and lodged in the third rail and sent up a curtain of sparks that lit up the block like a blue dream; a dream I was dreaming and through which I could see the cops braced as on a target range, feet forward, free arms akimbo, firing with deliberate aim.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • -BONO, AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST, FEBRUARY 2, 2006 Maggie Shay stood, his arms akimbo, looking just as surprised to be unshackled as we were to see him that way.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Bourne stood arms akimbo, billowing his cheeks, his breath escaping slowly as his eyes shifted from one manikin to another, he was an uncertain man about to make up his mind.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • …comprehend the question, when a knowing, self-important old gentleman in a sharp cocked hat made his way through the crowd, putting them to the right and left with his elbows as he passed, and, planting himself before van Winkle—with one arm akimbo, the other resting on his cane; his keen eyes and sharp hat penetrating, as it were, into his very soul—demanded in an austere tone what brought him to the election with a gun on his shoulder and a mob at his heels, and whether he meant to…
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He went past power pylons with their spindly arms akimbo.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The whole airport went akimbo with excitement.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • He stood there arms akimbo and said, "I see, I see."
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Twice two makes four is a pert coxcomb who stands with arms akimbo barring your path and spitting.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • He had stopped his pretense of working; he was standing before her, arms akimbo, dark eyes demanding.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • She stood on the high step-edge, with a cloth wound over her head, her gaunt arms, pitted with old scars, akimbo.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Now fatigued, the astronaut stood with arms akimbo, looking up at the sleek lines of the engineering marvel before him.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • He stood arms akimbo in the market entrance and did not recognize Mr. MacLain who had repaired his watch at all, that little drudge.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • He stood arms akimbo in the market entrance and did not recognize Mr. MacLain who had repaired his watch at all, that little drudge.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • He was standing in profile, one arm akimbo, and the toes of his boots curled upwards, and he wore an emerald-studded dagger at his belt.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Then she is leaning in the empty doorway, arms akimbo, almost standing in the way I would glimpse her when I left her countless times before, her figure steeled, allowing.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Some spray in a hedge, though, or a sunset over a flat winter field, or again the way some old woman sits, arms akimbo, in an omnibus with a basket—those we point at for the other to look at.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Jumah looked toward the forest with his hands behind his back, Moriba was holding his head, Kanei stared at the ground, Musa wrapped his hands around himself, Alhaji covered his eyes with his left hand, and I stood akimbo to stop my legs from shaking.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • Mr Blandois shook his right forefinger towards the sick room, and his left forefinger towards the portrait, and then, putting his arms akimbo and striding his legs wide apart, stood smiling down at Mr Flintwinch with the advancing nose and the retreating moustache.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
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