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Her uncanny sense of direction
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Note that canny and uncanny are not related in meaning.
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  • Her uncanny sense of direction
  • Miss Bartlett’s sudden transitions were too uncanny.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • It was uncanny to hear two voices in the dark air a little distance away;
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • The general could follow a trail through the woods at night; he could follow an extremely difficult trail; he must have uncanny powers; only by the merest chance had the Cossack failed to see his quarry.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game

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  • Something about the combination of her loyalty and patience creates an uncanny urge to confide.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "You’re all still here because of an uncanny will to survive despite the odds, among … other reasons.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • She could see herself in his uncanny eyes, the irises so dark they almost melded with the pupils.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He shows remarkable understanding of human speech, especially profane speech, and even an uncanny— gift of reading men’s thoughts, whenever those thoughts are directed against the peace and dignity of pigship."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • The lists were uncanny in their accuracy.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But what was really uncanny was the position of its head—thrown back with its mouth open, as if, like the giant in the story we’d heard just last night, it had turned to stone while crying out to its friends on the mountaintop.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • The name was just a weird coincidence, but it left me with an uncanny feeling I couldn’t shake.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • It was the only reasonable explanation for the fact that the puppies seemed to favor the long, jagged crack in the garage floor, and their accuracy had been uncanny enough to force her to use a toothbrush to clean it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • But being curious as to how far Mike would go, to pull my leg, I feigned conversion and asked him to tell me more about Ootek’s uncanny skill.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • But I am bolstered by Liv Crawford, whom I haven’t actually seen in some time but whose daily contact with me is most regular, in the form of a different catered box dinner delivered each afternoon by her new assistant, Julie, a cheery, bouncy young woman whose talk and dress are uncannily like Liv’s.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It was uncanny.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • His scouts have an uncanny nose for vulnerable children.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Even Charles Wallace, the "dumb baby brother," who had an uncanny way of knowing when she was awake and unhappy, and who would come, so many nights, tiptoeing up the attic stairs to her—even Charles Wallace was asleep.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • It was uncanny.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • He had an uncanny ability to remember names.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I’d never placed a lot of faith in psychiatry before I met Tom, but his uncanny ability to diagnose personality disorders and psychotic illnesses made a believer of me.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • At times they made a little too much of the family quirks—of both Amanda and Jeannie marrying men named Hugh, for instance, so that their husbands were referred to as "Amanda’s Hugh" and "Jeannie’s Hugh"; or their genetic predisposition for lying awake two hours in the middle of every night; or their uncanny ability to keep their dogs alive for eons.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I was so absorbed in the movie that real life feels slightly unreal; I have the uncanny sense of having stepped out of the screen and onto the street.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I do have an uncanny capacity for bitterness and misdirected rage, but I don’t think that counts.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • His stare was calculated to wither me and Piedmont had risen to minuscule greatness by his uncanny ability to melt underlings or other prey with his rapacious glance.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And from the moment Fred Koornstra’s name had popped into my mind, an uncanny realization had been growing in me.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • …inadequately, for the right word and suffered over the rhythms and subtleties of our gorgeous but unbenevolent, unyielding tongue; nonetheless, I was seized by a strange, dauntless self-confidence and I scribbled away joyously while the characters I had begun to create seemed to acquire a life of their own and the muggy atmosphere of the Tidewater summer took on both an eye-dazzling and almost tactile reality, as if unspooling before my eyes on film, in uncanny three-dimensional color.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • With that uncanny trick of reading my thoughts, he said, "It was different wi’ my own folk, ye ken.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The multiple ironies of this were so layered and uncanny that I gaped in horror.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It is uncanny; one would think he conjured it out of the air.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Tally looked away, trying to drown her uncanny pretty feelings in the sea of white weeds.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • It’s uncanny, the timing.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Dangerous animals became even more sinister and uncanny in the dark.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Everett Ruess’s correspondence reveals uncanny parallels between Ruess and Chris McCandless.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The afternoon was getting late, and he thought this sudden sleepiness uncanny.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The stench of stale alcohol and the sweet, uncanny smell Clary had come to associate with Downworlders filled the tiny space.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Although I know his capacity for self-restraint in a dangerous moment is uncanny.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • This was all so strange and uncanny that a dreadful fear came upon me, and I was afraid to speak or move.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • It was cold and uncanny in the rapid current in the middle of the stream, and the Uhlans caught hold of one another as they fell off their horses.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In these chutes the stream of animals was continuous; it was quite uncanny to watch them, pressing on to their fate, all unsuspicious a very river of death.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • She had not reckoned on his uncanny intuition.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • It was so uncanny to Henfrey that for a minute they remained staring blankly at one another.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Like all Cyclopes, Tyson had superhuman hearing and an uncanny ability to mimic voices.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • He was developing an uncanny ability to sense when I was turning skittish.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He had an uncanny knowledge of wildlife and was not afraid of dogs or cats or beetles or moths, or of foods like scrod or tripe.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • What does that inexplicable, that uncanny turn of countenance mean?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "This is really rather uncanny," he murmured.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • "It’s uncanny," Pete said, after it was over and they had caught their speech.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • "So, young Harry," said Fred, in an uncanny impersonation of Percy, "mind you behave yourself."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • When they had all departed, and our workers, too, the place seemed quite uncannily quiet for a day.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The magnificent beasts moved among the trees with uncanny stealth, their coats shimmering in the emerald twilight.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
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