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  • I'm not sure about Foxface since direct confrontation isn't her style or her forte.   (source)
    forte = strength (strong ability)
  • But it was track, in which he earned four varsity letters, tied the school half-mile record, and set its mile record of 5:06, that was his true forte.   (source)
    forte = strength
  • As for the others, the General's ga ga, I think, and old Wargrave's forte is masterly inactivity.   (source)
  • As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte.   (source)
    forte = strength (a personal asset of special worth or utility)
  • Peleovits suggests one of Brown's liberal arts fortes, maybe Political Theory.†   (source)
  • Logic is her forte.
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  • Forte scented his wrist.†   (source)
  • I gum, you could say that's my forte.†   (source)
  • Fashion was not my forte.†   (source)
  • As he walked across the stage, the light caught on the pin on his lapel, a flash of gold that was similar to the forte signs in my piano music.†   (source)
  • A career software engineer, mornings were never her forte.†   (source)
  • Academics have never been my forte.†   (source)
  • Waiting on table was certainly not his forte; he had still to master platters and serving implements, and would fling the food down however he could.†   (source)
  • Only in calculus, his forte, has he managed to stay afloat through relentless effort.†   (source)
  • The rumbling tone shot up an octave, rose to a forte, and began etching a melody in Tom's skull.†   (source)
  • "Politics isn't my forte, Feeney."†   (source)
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  • Physical courage has never been my forte.†   (source)
  • Under the circumstances… Patience was never my forte.†   (source)
  • E quanto a dir qual era e cosa dura Questa selva selvaggia ed aspra e forte …†   (source)
  • I tossed it and caught it by the forte.†   (source)
  • Thirty yards farther, just inside the forest's edge, stood Forte.†   (source)
  • Then he walked to the vast dying oak at the far corner of their land, hoping to find Forte there.†   (source)
  • There, Forte ate the kibble from Edgar's hand, trembling.†   (source)
  • He knew for certain that Forte was following as he'd hoped only on the second night.†   (source)
  • Essay stood and circled to Forte and nosed him and both dogs circled back.†   (source)
  • You have to understand how angry he was at Forte for cowering in there.†   (source)
  • When he was too tired to run the dogs, he sat and peered at the photograph of Claude and Forte.†   (source)
  • Essay rumbled a warning in her throat and Forte retreated into the dark.†   (source)
  • At length, from Forte's ineptitude and lurching clumsiness, a fight broke out between them.†   (source)
  • Forte lay watching, curled beneath a chestnut sapling.†   (source)
  • I put Forte in the back of the truck and drove us out of there.†   (source)
  • Claude walked over to meet them Forte had finally downed a deer, he said.†   (source)
  • When Forte left, much later, the pile of fish Edgar had set aside was gone.†   (source)
  • Instead, he suggested they forget Forte.†   (source)
  • Looking as well for signs of Forte, who hadn't appeared since late September.†   (source)
  • This time Forte couldn't mistake the sounds behind him for wind.†   (source)
  • But Claude and Forte were still unmistakably the subjects.†   (source)
  • It occurred to him that the dogs might have seen Forte, and that idea cheered him.†   (source)
  • Your father goes to the truck and pulls Forte out.†   (source)
  • All his talk of scaring off Forte had just been making the terms of the deal clear.†   (source)
  • Then he took the photograph of Claude and Forte from his pocket and set it beside the note.†   (source)
  • Forte extended his neck and scented him, legs trembling.†   (source)
  • One night he grabs me and Forte and we drive to The Hollow.†   (source)
  • He stroked Essay under the chin, then let his hand pass to Forte.†   (source)
  • While the dogs lounged in the loose straw, Edgar took out the photograph of Claude and Forte.†   (source)
  • "Oral sex is my forte," he said, as Cedric stared at him, astonished by his candor.†   (source)
  • It obviously lost its detail through the camera, but now I saw that it wasn't just the lines and curls of a forte sign, but a small X was engraved in the middle, making the whole thing look almost like a star.†   (source)
  • Forte appeared again late that evening and this time Essay trotted forward to meet him and scented his flanks while he stood rigidly waiting.†   (source)
  • It was empty by morning, though whether licked clean by Forte or plundered by the squirrels he couldn't tell.†   (source)
  • Downwind of them, Forte crouched, stock still, and Claude, in turn, stood downwind of Forte near the wind-lashed tree line.†   (source)
  • On the back, in his father's draftsman-like handwriting, a caption read: Claude and Forte, July 1948.†   (source)
  • Claude never again suggested they try to find or kill Forte and Edgar never told his father the truth about the deer.†   (source)
  • As soon as they moved, Forte trotted forward, hips low, but instead of charging the deer, he slunk into the woods and disappeared.†   (source)
  • Perhaps every bear in the region knew where they were by now, but so would Forte, and he was right about that.†   (source)
  • Across the way, Essay bounded and turned and nipped at Forte, who followed her, suddenly awkward and puppylike.†   (source)
  • To the west, across the field, Forte paced the tree line, his figure cutting back and forth on the thin fog that clung to the ground.†   (source)
  • He expected Claude to return to the old argument, insist they bait Forte and shoot him, or poison him.†   (source)
  • But instead of punching the guy and pitching his gun into the weeds, he calls Forte out and shoots him himself.†   (source)
  • When he looked around, Forte was gone.†   (source)
  • He remembered those nights in the garden, Forte silvered in the moonlight and quivering beneath his hands.†   (source)
  • As if the original Forte had come back.†   (source)
  • Or that he would hear Forte's howl.†   (source)
  • From his back pocket he drew out the photograph of Claude and Forte and set it on the scored wood between them.†   (source)
  • There, folded in thirds, he found the photograph he had left on the kitchen table beside his note, the photograph of Claude holding Forte in his arms.†   (source)
  • He looked at Claude and Forte through the webwork of cracks in the emulsion, then slid it into his pocket.†   (source)
  • He throws Forte out of the truck.†   (source)
  • He downs a fair number of beers and pretty soon some guy says he's heard of Forte and next thing I know, we're bouncing along a back road in the dust of this guy's truck.†   (source)
  • Then I told your grandfather that Forte ran away, because your father was too sick from the drinking to come downstairs, much less explain what happened.†   (source)
  • Forte stepped out of the shadows.†   (source)
  • Always, before Edgar had finished, Forte would begin to pant and then he would turn and walk away and bed down at the forest's edge, where the lights of the house glittered in his eyes.†   (source)
  • Your father pushes open the passenger-side door, but Forte's seen this monster and thinks he's got no chance, so all of a sudden he's sitting in your father's lap.†   (source)
  • "Well, your dad finally gives up on Forte and falls out of the driver's-side door, which would have been funny in any other situation, but right then I'm screaming for help.†   (source)
  • They'd go into Park Falls and your father would let Forte fight somebody else's dog and of course Forte would win, and as often as not the other guy'd pick an argument, and there they'd be, man and dog fighting side by side.†   (source)
  • This time Claude turned and grasped the front of his shirt and Edgar found himself sprawling backward into the dry leaves and undergrowth, fighting for balance and then hoping he might make enough racket to get Forte's attention.†   (source)
  • He stood waiting for Forte.†   (source)
  • Claude talked about how strong Forte was, how quick, how the only bad thing about him was how he liked to fight, and how his grandfather made Forte his father's responsibility, because, Claude said, "that dog was so much like Gar."†   (source)
  • Edgar slipped the picture of Claude and Forte into his back pocket and pedaled away to the north, retracing the route he and Claude had traveled along that thin gravel line cut through the Chequamegon Forest.†   (source)
  • Forte was nowhere to be seen.†   (source)
  • Part I — FORTE'S CHILDREN†   (source)
  • One evening, as Edgar was crossing the lawn, in that dilated moment after sunset when the sky holds all the light, he saw Forte watching from the far side of the garden and he stopped, hoping the dog would finally trot into the yard.†   (source)
  • AFTERWARD, HE HERDED HIS LITTER into the workshop and up the narrow steps, stopping only to retrieve the photograph of Claude and Forte from its hiding place, tucked into the envelope with the Hachiko letter.†   (source)
  • Essay and Forte disappeared.†   (source)
  • Then, before he quite understood what was happening, Ida's other hand had pressed the photograph of Claude and Forte against his free palm and she'd somehow curled his fingers closed and locked that hand shut as well.†   (source)
  • Named him Forte.†   (source)
  • There was Forte.†   (source)
  • Forte, he thought.†   (source)
  • My forte was the quick explosive burst of speed, the change of pace and direction, and an ability to run as much as I needed to run.†   (source)
  • With his option of dropping one class now exercised, everything that remains must work out, starting with his forte, calculus, his big midterm test.†   (source)
  • The speech was not exactly my forte.†   (source)
  • Articulation was not a personal forte, and I often had to backtrack, slow down, or repeat something again and again before they caught the gist of what I said.†   (source)
  • It balanced in the forte less than two inches from the guard, yet the blade was heavy enough to chop bone.†   (source)
  • It caught him barely off guard but he failed to fall back, parrying strongly instead and suddenly we were in an untenable position, corps-a-corps, forte-a-forte, almost tete-a-tete.†   (source)
  • Sir Mador de la Forte's heart turned over at the same time—but it was too late to draw back.†   (source)
  • Subtraction is my forte.†   (source)
  • Literary criticism is not your forte, my dear fellow.†   (source)
  • Charm, not argument, was to be her forte.†   (source)
  • During the first and second quatrain, sung decidedly forte, no can was filled.†   (source)
  • Mr. Covey's FORTE consisted in his power to deceive.†   (source)
  • My forte lies in talking, and yours, cousin, lies in doing.†   (source)
  • "But," continued Amory disregarding him, "being very poor at present I am contemplating socialism as possibly my forte."†   (source)
  • Those unfortunate and well-educated women made themselves heard from the neighbouring drawing-room, where they were thrumming away, with hard fingers, an elaborate music-piece on the piano-forte, as their mother spoke; and indeed, they were at music, or at backboard, or at geography, or at history, the whole day long.†   (source)
  • You know reverence is not my forte.†   (source)
  • Know, that in the course of your future life you will often find yourself elected the involuntary confidant of your acquaintances' secrets: people will instinctively find out, as I have done, that it is not your forte to tell of yourself, but to listen while others talk of themselves; they will feel, too, that you listen with no malevolent scorn of their indiscretion, but with a kind of innate sympathy; not the less comforting and encouraging because it is very unobtrusive in its…†   (source)
  • Is much applauded and encouraged; goes out of the room as Swills; comes in as the coroner (not the least in the world like him); describes the inquest, with recreative intervals of piano-forte accompaniment, to the refrain: With his (the coroner's) tippy tol li doll, tippy tol lo doll, tippy tol li doll, Dee!†   (source)
  • "Without expecting any thanks, or anything of the sort," resumed Camilla, "I have remained in that state, hours and hours, and Raymond is a witness of the extent to which I have choked, and what the total inefficacy of ginger has been, and I have been heard at the piano-forte tuner's across the street, where the poor mistaken children have even supposed it to be pigeons cooing at a distance,—and now to be told—"†   (source)
  • Thus, one still reads in France, above the wicket of the prison in the seignorial mansion of Tourville, ~Sileto et spera~; in Ireland, beneath the armorial bearings which surmount the grand door to Fortescue Castle, ~Forte scutum, salus ducum~; in England, over the principal entrance to the hospitable mansion of the Earls Cowper: ~Tuum est~.†   (source)
  • And we agreed it would be best to have the harp, for it seems to amuse her more than the piano-forte.†   (source)
  • Stern reason is my forte, you know.†   (source)
  • 'Well, gentlemen,' said Ralph with a curl of the lip, 'talking in riddles would seem to be the peculiar forte of you two, and I suppose your clerk, like a prudent man, has studied the art also with a view to your good graces.†   (source)
  • It was a solid structure, with massy door, sooner than open which in the absence of the "Dominic," we would all have willingly perished by the peine forte et dure.†   (source)
  • After unspeakable suffering, productive of the utmost consternation, she is pronounced, by expresses from the bedroom, free from pain, though much exhausted, in which state of affairs Mr. Snagsby, trampled and crushed in the piano-forte removal, and extremely timid and feeble, ventures to come out from behind the door in the drawing-room.†   (source)
  • To the Great House accordingly they went, to sit the full half hour in the old-fashioned square parlour, with a small carpet and shining floor, to which the present daughters of the house were gradually giving the proper air of confusion by a grand piano-forte and a harp, flower-stands and little tables placed in every direction.†   (source)
  • The way he rolled from a rich deep forte into a melancholy cadence, subsiding, at the end of the last word, into a sort of faint resonance, like the lingering vibrations of a fine violoncello, I can compare to nothing for its strong calm melancholy but the rush and cadence of the wind among the autumn boughs.†   (source)
  • This young man, besides having a great deal to say for himself about Africa and a project of his for teaching the coffee colonists to teach the natives to turn piano-forte legs and establish an export trade, delighted in drawing Mrs. Jellyby out by saving, "I believe now, Mrs. Jellyby, you have received as many as from one hundred and fifty to two hundred letters respecting Africa in a single day, have you not?" or, "If my memory does not deceive me, Mrs. Jellyby, you once mentioned…†   (source)
  • There was no end of her various complaints; but her principal forte appeared to lie in sick-headache, which sometimes would confine her to her room three days out of six.†   (source)
  • He always thatched the ricks—for if anything were his forte more than another, it was thatching—and when the last touch had been put to the last beehive rick, Kester, whose home lay at some distance from the farm, would take a walk to the rick-yard in his best clothes on a Sunday morning and stand in the lane, at a due distance, to contemplate his own thatching walking about to get each rick from the proper point of view.†   (source)
  • "Come, now, Loker, none of your huffs," said Marks, licking his lips; "you see, Mr. Haley 's a puttin' us in a way of a good job, I reckon; just hold still—these yer arrangements is my forte.†   (source)
  • Now, if the truth must be told, our senator had the misfortune to be a man who had a particularly humane and accessible nature, and turning away anybody that was in trouble never had been his forte; and what was worse for him in this particular pinch of the argument was, that his wife knew it, and, of course was making an assault on rather an indefensible point.†   (source)
  • After dinner she would try her piano-forte.†   (source)
  • I shall go to the piano-forte; I have not touched it since it was tuned.†   (source)
  • Willoughby opened the piano-forte, and asked Marianne to sit down to it; and thus amidst the various endeavours of different people to quit the topic, it fell to the ground.†   (source)
  • "Marianne can never keep long from that instrument you know, ma'am," said Elinor, endeavouring to smooth away the offence; "and I do not much wonder at it; for it is the very best toned piano-forte I ever heard."†   (source)
  • The effect of his discourse on the lady too, could not escape her observation, for though she was too honorable to listen, and had even changed her seat, on purpose that she might NOT hear, to one close by the piano forte on which Marianne was playing, she could not keep herself from seeing that Elinor changed colour, attended with agitation, and was too intent on what he said to pursue her employment.†   (source)
  • …supporting a pair of long yellow ladies' gloves and an emerald ashtray containing four consumed matches, a partly consumed cigarette and two discoloured ends of cigarettes, its musicrest supporting the music in the key of G natural for voice and piano of Love's Old Sweet Song (words by G. Clifton Bingham, composed by J. L. Molloy, sung by Madam Antoinette Sterling) open at the last page with the final indications ad libitum, forte, pedal, animato, sustained pedal, ritirando, close.†   (source)
  • Roque turned round at the noise and perceived this comely figure, which drawing near thus addressed him, "I came in quest of thee, valiant Roque, to find in thee if not a remedy at least relief in my misfortune; and not to keep thee in suspense, for I see thou dost not recognise me, I will tell thee who I am; I am Claudia Jeronima, the daughter of Simon Forte, thy good friend, and special enemy of Clauquel Torrellas, who is thine also as being of the faction opposed to thee.†   (source)
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