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  • retorts Miller laconically, and turns to Haie Westhus again.   (source)
    laconically = brief and to the point
  • I always had a feeling that Jack knew something about Martin that he didn't want to mention.
      “Yeah, he's a good guy,” he answered laconically and rolled over on his back, covering his eyes against the sun.   (source)
    laconically = in a manner that uses few words
  • "Count me in, Professor," said Mr. Quincey Morris, laconically as usual.   (source)
    laconically = using few words
  • He did not say anything for a minute, but scratched his head and turned the snake over with his boot. "Where did you run onto that beauty, Jim?"
      "Up at the dog-town," I answered laconically.   (source)
    laconically = in a manner that uses few words
  • Having neglected to pack writing paper, he began a laconic journal on some blank pages in the back ofTanaina Plantlore.†   (source)
  • This ruled out dogs that were, for example, unnerved by new surroundings or too laconic to be relied upon for steady work.†   (source)
  • In the morning the Germans run him through a second, more laconic spell of questioning while a typist clatters away in the corner.†   (source)
  • While many, even most, farmers I knew were laconic and uncomplaining, Harold talked of himself often, and always as if he were almost but not quite two people—the one who had a lot of "great ideas" (Harold put the quotes around the words himself, every time he spoke them) and the dubious one, too, the one who knew none of these ideas would ever pan out.†   (source)
  • "Poppa, these young men want to talk to 'Jerrold' about some fire," the son said; he spoke laconically and with a more virulent Boston accent than his father's.†   (source)
  • All of this in his dark laconic clothing.†   (source)
  • "Must have," Rahel said laconically.†   (source)
  • a majority of the time," she said, laconically.†   (source)
  • Jeremy had laconic blue eyes and a white-boy Afro.†   (source)
  • Council members grilled her with a series of pointed questions focusing on the restaurant's proximity to the Clarkston International Bible Church, and seemed on the verge of rejecting the request when a lawyer in the gallery—a local citizen with no particular authority—pointed out laconically that the council had no authority to rule on the matter one way or the other, as liquor licenses were issued by the state.†   (source)
  • The report was dated Sunday, September 25, 1966, at 11:14 a.m. The text was laconic: Call from Hrk.†   (source)
  • The manliness of firefighting—the virility of fires, one might say—suits the kind of laconic dialogue that fathers and sons can undertake without awkwardness or embarrassment.†   (source)
  • Those among whom she had been bred, laconically called the colour red; but in fact it was only too deep a gold to be quite yellow.†   (source)
  • It sounded nothing like the laconic, rough-hewn man who'd taken him in.†   (source)
  • 'That's what you think,' ex-P. F.C. Wintergreen answered with a laconic snort.†   (source)
  • Emphatically independent by nature, hardworking, frugal—all traits in the New England tradition—he was anything but cold or laconic as supposedly New Englanders were.†   (source)
  • Beyond the fence was a small cavern of a garage, mechanics in overalls laconically wandering about carrying tools.†   (source)
  • And the pattern of their speech, slow-talking and laconic, suggested that Texas talk was naturally most at home on the range.†   (source)
  • I appreciated her gentle, laconic manner and understanding mien toward my youth and naivety.†   (source)
  • Although they might have let up for a brief time, when I listened once more they were still in action—no riotous sport this go-round, however, and no cries or arias, only the bedsprings making a decorous rhythmical twanging—laconic, measured, almost elderly.†   (source)
  • Then out beyond a willow point a rowboat with one soldier in it kept laconic watch upon the north.†   (source)
  • Referring to this, a prominent New England Senator, W. E. Chandler, laconically explained his retirement to private life by saying that he had been "run over by a railroad train."†   (source)
  • She used to ask Dick with an apparent casualness that did not deceive him, about other farmers' crops, listening with bright-eyed anticipation to his laconic accounts of how this one had made ten thousand pounds in a good season, and that one cleared off all his debts.†   (source)
  • laconic farmers   (source)
    laconic = using few words
  • "What shall we do exactly?" asked Mr. Morris laconically.   (source)
  • "Me too," said Quincey Morris laconically.   (source)
  • Dr. Van Helsing is laconic, he tells the farmers that he is hurrying to Bistritz, and pays them well to make the exchange of horses.   (source)
    laconic = uses few words
  • When I asked who had purchased it, he opened his eyes a thought wider, and paused a few seconds before replying, "It is sold, sir."
    "Pardon me," I said, with equal politeness, "but I have a special reason for wishing to know who purchased it."
    Again he paused longer, and raised his eyebrows still more.  "It is sold, sir," was again his laconic reply.
    "Surely," I said, "you do not mind letting me know so much."
    "But I do mind," he answered.  "The affairs of their clients are absolutely safe in the hands of Mitchell, Sons, & Candy."   (source)
    laconic = using few words
  • She thought my mother's arrival might yield the basic savor she could not get from laconic Nick.†   (source)
  • 'Go with him,' Milo instructed Yossarian laconically.†   (source)
  • "Room for another boarder?" he asked laconically.†   (source)
  • Breakfast conversation is limited to a series of laconic grunts.†   (source)
  • "Yep," he said laconically.†   (source)
  • According to Jimmy's mother their phones and e-mail were bugged, and the sturdy, laconic HelthWyzer housecleaners that came twice a week — always in pairs — were spies.†   (source)
  • He was a laconic and solidly built officer with such a short stubble of blond hair that at a distance he looked completely bald.†   (source)
  • Hard, cold, laconic, with all the private fury of some unassuageable pain, he wore the leather mask because it eased, if only briefly, the burden of control.†   (source)
  • She was particularly laconic that weekend, for she'd had a most unpleasant phone conversation with her eldest daughter some days before.†   (source)
  • What I remember are the long avenues in the frost, the farms and houses braced against the winter, the flat, laconic Maine speech in crossroads stores where I stopped to buy supplies.†   (source)
  • "Sick?" inquired Reardon laconically, as he made some entry on a card and dropped it in a drawer beside him.†   (source)
  • Her description of Nathan's furious eruption and the ensuing damage and debris was for me—in my frazzled state—agreeably laconic, but somehow more searing by its very brevity.†   (source)
  • She plainly meant action, and when I recovered my wits I replied, in that laconic, detached, Virginia gentlemanly voice with which I was aware (or was vain enough to conceive) I had taken her captive from the outset, "Well, honeybun, since you put it that way, I do suppose I could give you a right warm snuggle between the sheets."†   (source)
  • On the margin, in the secretary's neat hand, was the laconic epitaph "susp.†   (source)
  • Will closed by wishing her happiness, a laconic formal statement which he qualified in no way.†   (source)
  • I have a key," said Rhett laconically, and his eyes met Melanie's evenly.†   (source)
  • "Yeh," he answered laconically, playing with his beer glass.†   (source)
  • Says he's sick," said Johnnie laconically.†   (source)
  • He had a lot of respect from everyone for his shrewdness, and when he opened his grand old mouth to say something about a chattel mortgage or the location of a lot, in his laconic, single-syllabled way, the whole hefty, serious crowd of businessmen in the office stopped their talk.†   (source)
  • His dispatches were sometimes laconic to the point of curtness, and his calm in emergencies, though admired, was often suspected of being too sincere.†   (source)
  • "No," she answered laconically.†   (source)
  • He should have known she would take the first train possible after receiving his laconic message that Gerald was dead.†   (source)
  • Frank did not know she had received a laconic letter from Will, relating that Jonas Wilkerson had paid another call at Tara and, finding her gone to Atlanta, had stormed about until Will and Ashley threw him bodily off the place.†   (source)
  • "I reckon," said Archie laconically and, after a pause, "I was a convict for nigh on to forty years."†   (source)
  • Circumstances contributed to his laconic, condescending tone.†   (source)
  • 'I see that you—' "'I'm in consumption,' I said laconically, rising from my seat.†   (source)
  • With the same leisurely case and a cool, laconic stare the clerk turned the book toward her.†   (source)
  • "Run out of cartridges," he said, laconically.†   (source)
  • "Catched un, my dear?" laconically asked the girl called Anny.†   (source)
  • "Free-thinkers," replied the young woman laconically.†   (source)
  • Bo roused to a very friendly and laconic little speech, much overdone.†   (source)
  • That conceited hombre, Lee Stanton, will be riding in here," answered Flo, laconically.†   (source)
  • "Howdy, Dodge," said Fletcher, laconically.†   (source)
  • "Jett, you ain't bravin' it out?" asked Pruitt, cool and laconic.†   (source)
  • "Somebody's fancy-man, I s'pose," said Marian laconically.†   (source)
  • "Yes—great bother and annoyance," she said, laconically.†   (source)
  • "Boss, you play like a cow stuck in the mud," remarked Moze, laconically.†   (source)
  • He spoke laconically, nevertheless there was a tone that showed he expected to be known.†   (source)
  • Sometimes they pull your pillow out from under your head," replied Flo, laconically.†   (source)
  • There was a rather pettish intonation in Fleur-de-Lys's— laconic words.†   (source)
  • With which laconic remark Newman turned round and hobbled away.†   (source)
  • To Clinton he said laconically, "To hold this spot to the last man."†   (source)
  • Considering the gravity of the occasion, I permit you to speak, my friend; but be laconic, I beg.†   (source)
  • "Yes," answered the doctor laconically, dropping the sheet he had raised.†   (source)
  • "It is farther to the towns of the Big-knives," was the laconic reply.†   (source)
  • A slight frown and a laconic "Yes," were the answer.†   (source)
  • "We are going to the cave," said Joseph, laconically.†   (source)
  • "As you like, as you like," said Wildeve laconically.†   (source)
  • Only he grew colder and colder; laconic at meals, and rare in the house.†   (source)
  • Reckon we might overtake him an' get home before sundown," he said, laconically, as he turned his horse.†   (source)
  • "He went to get a horse and cart," said Brogard, laconically, as with a surly gesture, he shook off from his arm that pretty hand which princes had been proud to kiss.†   (source)
  • "I did," the Judge would answer laconically; and on this particular day it seemed from the gathering scowl that he was about to add something more emphatic, but neighbors had already begun to drop in to admire his son, and the conversation drifted.†   (source)
  • "Corralled," said Dave, laconically.†   (source)
  • I have told you about it already.... II WELL, that about brings me up to the date of my receiving, in Waterbury, the laconic cable from Edward to the effect that he wanted me to go to Branshaw and have a chat.†   (source)
  • The old man, shoving up the front of his tarpaulin and deliberately rubbing the long slant scar at the point where it entered the thin hair, laconically said, "Baby Budd, Jimmy Legs" (meaning the Master—at-arms) "is down on you."†   (source)
  • Soon, perchance, I shall have the pleasure of writing of the border of to-day, which in Joe Sitter's laconic speech, "Shore is 'most as bad an' wild as ever!"†   (source)
  • He seemed so laconic, so easy, so nice, that he could not have been taken seriously, yet Helen's quick perceptions registered a daring, a something that was both sudden and inevitable in him.†   (source)
  • "Heu-heu-heu!" laughed dark Car's mother, stroking her moustache as she explained laconically: "Out of the frying-pan into the fire!"†   (source)
  • Jude did not pause to remember that, in the laconic words of the historian, "insulted Nature sometimes vindicated her rights" in such circumstances.†   (source)
  • It spelled out the word "go" and then "across," which no one could really make much of, and then it moved to say something about Hans Castorp's room, so that the laconic advice for the questioner read "go across his room."†   (source)
  • There were at least eight or ten hunters, long used to the range, and grim, laconic men who would have made any fighting force formidable.†   (source)
  • His idea of her was the thing of most consequence, not Arabella herself, he sometimes said laconically.†   (source)
  • When he drew up before the inn the landlord and his family and a number of loungers greeted him laconically.†   (source)
  • The pioneers and ranchers of the frontier would never have made the West habitable had it not been for these wild cowboys, these hard-drinking, hard-riding, hard-living rangers of the barrens, these easy, cool, laconic, simple young men whose blood was tinged with fire and who possessed a magnificent and terrible effrontery toward danger and death.†   (source)
  • But their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle.†   (source)
  • Levin smiled joyfully; he was struck by this transition from the confused, verbose discussion with Pestsov and his brother to this laconic, clear, almost wordless communication of the most complex ideas.†   (source)
  • First, Jo has to complete his errand of good nature by handing over the physic he has been to get, which he delivers with the laconic verbal direction that "it's to be all took d'rectly."†   (source)
  • He — probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant — relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me, — a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.†   (source)
  • "I have not sat down before Quebec, but an earthen work, that is defended by twenty-three hundred gallant men," was the laconic reply.†   (source)
  • Mr Plornish, as being of a more laconic temperament, embraced this opportunity of interposing with the suggestion that she should now leave Mr Clennam to himself.†   (source)
  • "His time has come," said the laconic scout, thrusting the long barrel of his rifle through the leaves, and taking his deliberate and fatal aim.†   (source)
  • He had, many times, been enabled to strengthen his influence, when any circumstance had occurred to weaken it, by adopting this cool and laconic style; and he trusted to it now, with very little doubt of its entire success.†   (source)
  • "Yes," was the laconic reply.†   (source)
  • Perfectly satisfied, himself, with this laconic reply, the chief was moving towards his expecting counsellors, when suddenly returning, he interrupted the translation of the trapper by adding— "Tell the Great Buffaloe" (a name by which the Tetons had already christened Ishmael), "that Mahtoree has a hand which is always open.†   (source)
  • You did not when you saw him, Mr. Lockwood: and at the period of which I speak, he was just the same as then; only fonder of continued solitude, and perhaps still more laconic in company.†   (source)
  • It was directed to blank Johnson, Esq., by favour of Augustus Folair, Esq.; and the astonishment of Nicholas was in no degree lessened, when he found it to be couched in the following laconic terms:— "Mr Lenville presents his kind regards to Mr Johnson, and will feel obliged if he will inform him at what hour tomorrow morning it will be most convenient to him to meet Mr L. at the Theatre, for the purpose of having his nose pulled in the presence of the company.†   (source)
  • The subject is historical, and the action takes place in Auvergne in the time of the Empire; the style, I think, is natural, laconic, and may have some merit.†   (source)
  • He is a large man, slow of speech, laconic, immovable.   (source)
    laconic = brief and to the point when speaking
  • "Stealing, most like," she said laconically, returning to the herb table.†   (source)
  • "Found her near Wentworth," he said laconically.†   (source)
  • "Fair nasty," he replied laconically.†   (source)
  • He was a country boy from Virginia with a southern drawl and a dry laconic wit, a Protestant whose family had been in Virginia since 1666 and produced several generations of colonial gentry.†   (source)
  • After completion of laconic epistolary compositions she abandoned the implement of calligraphy in the encaustic pigment, exposed to the corrosive action of copperas, green vitriol and nutgall.†   (source)
  • What limitations of activity and inhibitions of conjugal rights were perceived by listener and narrator concerning themselves during the course of this intermittent and increasingly more laconic narration?†   (source)
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