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  • And I remember the smells of the hills, wild azalea and a very distant skunk and the sweet cloy of lupin and horse sweat on harness.†   (source)
  • The night wind came whispering in, cutting through the cloy of the spilled perfume.†   (source)
  • The wine was cloyingly sweet, but very strong.†   (source)
  • of what is behind but eliding complete and intact and unresisting into the next avatar as the overblown rose or magnolia elides from one rich June to the next, leaving no bones, no substance, no dust of whatever dead pristine soulless rich surrender anywhere between sun and earth) but produced complete and subject to no microbe in that cloyed and scented maze of shuttered silk as if he were the delicate and perverse spirit-symbol, immortal page of the ancient immortal Lilith, entering the actual world not at the age of one second but of twelve years, the delicate garments of his pagehood already half concealed beneath that harsh and shapeless denim cut to an iron pattern and sold b†   (source)
  • To be sure, behind this thought lurks the afterthought of force and dominion,—the making of brown men to delve when the temptation of beads and red calico cloys.†   (source)
  • Even there her vanity—or that self-appreciation which, in its more rabid form, is called vanity—was not sufficiently cloyed to make these things wearisome.†   (source)
  • Bing'd out bien Morts and toure, and toure, Bing out of the Rome vile bine, And toure the Cove that cloy'd your duds, Upon the Chates to trine.'†   (source)
  • The habitual and wily flatterer may succeed until his practices recoil on himself, and like other sweets his aliment cloys by its excess; but he who deals honestly, though he often necessarily offends, possesses a power of praising that no quality but sincerity can bestow, since his words go directly to the heart, finding their support in the understanding.†   (source)
  • By me and these the work so far accomplish'd,
    By me earth's elder cloy'd and stifled lands uncloy'd, unloos'd,
    By me the hemispheres rounded and tied, the unknown to the known.†   (source)
  • Bear with me; I am hungry for revenge, And now I cloy me with beholding it.†   (source)
  • Cloy'd with possession, he forsook my bed, And Helen's lovely daughter sought to wed; Then me to Trojan Helenus resign'd, And his two slaves in equal marriage join'd; Till young Orestes, pierc'd with deep despair, And longing to redeem the promis'd fair, Before Apollo's altar slew the ravisher.†   (source)
  • And he then, beating his pate, "Down here those flatteries wherewith my tongue was never cloyed have submerged me."†   (source)
  • Never; he will not: Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety: other women cloy The appetites they feed; but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies: for vilest things Become themselves in her; that the holy priests Bless her when she is riggish.†   (source)
  • If you be not too much cloy'd with fat meat, our humble author will continue the story, with Sir John in it, and make you merry with fair Katharine of France: where, for any thing I know, Falstaff shall die of a sweat, unless already a' be killed with your hard opinions; for Oldcastle died a martyr, and this is not the man.†   (source)
  • Remember whom you are to cope withal;— A sort of vagabonds, rascals, and runaways, A scum of Britagnes, and base lackey peasants, Whom their o'er-cloyed country vomits forth To desperate adventures and assur'd destruction.†   (source)
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  • Instead of meeting me in Cloying Square, why don't you come to my house?†   (source)
  • The eunuch's cloying tones were gone; now his voice was thin and sharp as a whip.†   (source)
  • Vases of blossoms give off a cloying scent that makes my eyes itch.†   (source)
  • Initially, she thought the prose "too full, too cloying" but with "redeeming shades of Dusty Answer" (which I wouldn't have thought of at all).†   (source)
  • The smell of cloying sandalwood and terry-cotton armpits (small medium large) hung in the air.†   (source)
  • A cloying, sickening smell hung over him-the odor of rotting fruit.†   (source)
  • I've tasted butterscotch on his dry-kiss lips, a cloying flavor that was never there before.†   (source)
  • And suddenly the smell of oranges, heavy and cloying, he had just time to reach the men's room before it came, deafening, terrified: (!†   (source)
  • The cloying smell of rancid fat from the butcher shop below made me thankful for the cool autumn breeze.†   (source)
  • Other times he would dream that his feet were stuck in cloying mud, as he caught brief glimpses of Missy running down the wooded path ahead of him, her red cotton summer dress gilded with wildflowers flashing among the trees.†   (source)
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  • The magician recognized the heavy, cloying scent as soon as he stepped into the house: it was frankincense, the rare and incredibly expensive aromatic gum from the Middle East, used in ancient times in Egypt and Greece and as far to the east as China.†   (source)
  • I could taste it as soon as it touched my shield—it had a dense, sweet, cloying flavor.†   (source)
  • But when they have to drink a whole bottle or can, that sweetness can get really overpowering or cloying.†   (source)
  • Momm is by no means a "hard woman"—she's sweet, even a bit cloying, and is always buying gifts for her friends and praying at the Buddhist altar for divine intervention on their behalf.†   (source)
  • After dinner, I went up to my room and, after a few false starts and a fair amount of deleting, composed what I thought was a heartfelt yet not too cloying email to Jason.†   (source)
  • She could feel the dank heaviness of her clothes, cold and itchy against her skin, and the cloying sweet air of the cave, colder yet, and the weight of Jace's hands on her shoulders, the only things that were warm.†   (source)
  • I heard Heath's voice again, rising from my memory like a cloying mist: Yes ....whatever you want ....I'll do whatever you want.†   (source)
  • Yeah, uh-huh," Barbara says, perplexed by such cloying, white-hot affection from people she's never met.†   (source)
  • I couldn't distinguish whether I was smelling the clutching sound of misery or hearing the cloying odor of death.†   (source)
  • The ancient and oldest Grandfather beside Mau fell over backward with a little click, and then crumbled into powder and strips of dry papervine, but not before it had tipped over the one behind it.... They watched in horror as the line of toppling, crumbling Grandfathers overtook the lamplight, filling the air with cloying, acrid dust.†   (source)
  • Kid Sampson, Nately and the others wandered apart in a noiseless eddy of motion and were sucked away into the cloying yellow stillness.†   (source)
  • The ring shimmered in the cloying air above the falls, at the edge of the void.†   (source)
  • Its cloying smoke lingers as he strides to the door.†   (source)
  • The first thing I noticed was the familiar cloying smell of lemon furniture polish.†   (source)
  • Even now, stripped of their opulence, crowded into two-bedroom apartments in Hialeah and Little Havana, the Puente women clung to their rituals as they did their engraved silverware, succumbing to a cloying nostalgia.†   (source)
  • Her cloying tone and familiarity put me off, but the woman was right.†   (source)
  • Instantly, a cloying saleswoman accosted him, and by the time he'd managed to extricate himself, the Israeli and his bodyguard had vanished.†   (source)
  • The incenses and perfumes which filled the air were thick and cloying.†   (source)
  • The floral smell which he always thought pleasant at funerals now seemed cloying.†   (source)
  • It's a nauseatingly sweet, cloying smell, rather like mice.†   (source)
  • The sweetness became cloying after the third bite, but he kept on.†   (source)
  • Now the smell seemed immense and cloying, suffocating and well-nigh unbearable.†   (source)
  • The messengers' headquarters was on Cloying Street, not far from the back of the Gathering Hall.†   (source)
  • I knew every man must compliment her, bury her in flattery more cloying than roses.†   (source)
  • Faintly, sick and cloying, he smelled honeysuckle.†   (source)
  • The room smelled of sickness, a cloying odor made up in equal parts of stale sweat and medicine.†   (source)
  • The air was thick with the smell of them, a cloying cidery scent that was almost overwhelming.†   (source)
  • The taste was so cloying that it was all he could do to keep it down.†   (source)
  • She paddled after the sharp red whisper of cold blood, the sweet cloying stench of death.†   (source)
  • The cloying scents of formaldehyde and alcohol sweetened the air.†   (source)
  • Cloying and artificial.†   (source)
  • Lightning bugs flickered across the dark, and the masses of honeysuckle clinging to Gary's fence filled the hot night with its cloying, heavy scent.†   (source)
  • A cloying smell filled the air-the same one he had noticed when he found Garrow in the wreckage of their house.†   (source)
  • To smell with intensity Sophie actually rocked backward with the sudden eye-watering explosion of scents that invaded her: the spicy otherworldly odors of Hekate, the cloying earthiness of her surroundings, her brother's twenty-four-hour deodorant, which was plainly not working, the supposedly unscented gel in his hair, the mint of the toothpaste she had used earlier.†   (source)
  • In this cloying atmosphere Briony sometimes wrote her own concise letters home which conveyed little more than that she was not ill, not unhappy, not in need of her allowance and not about to change her mind in the way that her mother had predicted.†   (source)
  • The cloying smell of incense drifted through the doorway, over which a small wooden placard said Work is Struggle.†   (source)
  • For not being his cloying mother.†   (source)
  • She ran for Mrs. Murdo and after that to Cloying Square to tell Captain Fleery she would not be coming to work today.†   (source)
  • He could even faintly make out the aroma of Gary Pervier's triumphant honeysuckle which was slowly burying the fence which marked the edge of his property —burying it in a drift of cloying, grasping vines.†   (source)
  • A cloying, chocolate melody.†   (source)
  • She waved at the crowd and did a few steps from the Bugfoot Scurry Dance, which she'd learned on Cloying Square Dance Day, and they laughed and shouted some more.†   (source)
  • She could explain the rules of pebblejacks, which she'd last played when she was eight, or tell you what happened at the Singing when she was twelve, or who she'd danced with at the Cloying Square Dance when she was sixteen, but she would forget what had happened the day before yesterday.†   (source)
  • She remained silently aloof, but he caught a brief flash of sensations: a medley of images—trees, grass, sunshine, the mountains of the Spine—as well as the cloying scent of red orchids and a sudden painful, pinching sensation, as if a door had slammed shut on her tail.†   (source)
  • Yossarian played dead with his eyes shut while the clerk admitted him by shuffling some papers, and then he was rolled away slowly into a stuffy, dark room with searing spotlights overhead in which the cloying smell of formaldehyde and sweet alcohol was even stronger.†   (source)
  • They were profuse in their thanks, extravagant in their praise, cloying in their flattery.†   (source)
  • There was a faint indefinably cloying odor.†   (source)
  • They were at home in it and knew all its ways— They loved a champagne or a special dish at a restaurant as one of us might a composer or poet, and they lavished the same enthusiasm and rapture and emotion on the latest craze in dances or the sentimental cloying song of a jazz singer as one of us on Nietzsche or Hamsun.†   (source)
  • The train is going pretty fast now, but its effort seems to be through a stubborn cloying density of air as though an eel tried to swim in syrup, or the effort seems to be against an increasing and implacable magnetism of earth.†   (source)
  • Thousands of roses wilted in the flowervenders' baskets in the marketplaces and along the streets, and the air was heavy with their cloying perfume.†   (source)
  • Sweet and cloying through the dark air Falls the stifling scent of despair; The forms take shape in the dark air : Puss-purr of leopard, footfall of padding bear, Palm-pat of nodding ape, square hyaena waiting For laughter, laughter, laughter.†   (source)
  • He smelled the cloying reek from up-stairs, and heard her giggling with Ted.†   (source)
  • For behind his brow were the thoughts or half-thoughts that first conferred true cloying sweetness to his visions and images, thoughts that centered on Madame Chauchat's carelessness and brazenness, on the illness that accentuated and enhanced her body, the illness that embodied her very being and that he now shared with her according to medical dictum.†   (source)
  • Passing in and out of the house, I tried to avert my eyes from the garishly rouged bodies and hold my breath against inhaling the cloying odors of candle wax, tuberoses, and embalming fluid which suffused the hallway.†   (source)
  • She bites his ear gently with little goldstopped teeth, sending on him a cloying breath of stale garlic†   (source)
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