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prestidigitation

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Definition manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
  • You 'wasted' the opportunity to frighten this poor woman or drive that man to madness, which only a little prestidigitation Would have accomplished.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • But like every great prestidigitator Sean knew that a hitch was also an opportunity.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • My God—how can forgiveness meet such a grotesque—prestidigitation as that!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • With the rapid movements of a prestidigitator, he removed his handkerchief from his pocket and covered his eyes with it.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • As a result, she had resorted to staging the most amazing acts of prestidigitation, always managing to pull off her trick of keeping them out of each other's sight and reach, until today.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Plates of meat swimming in gravy were handed round by boys in white jackets, and as they flung each plate down with the quick gesture of a prestidigitator the gravy slopped over on to the table-cloth.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • It was quite like the feat of a prestidigitator—for the woman worked so fast that the eye could literally not follow her, and there was only a mist of motion, and tangle after tangle of sausages appearing.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • And to further cheer her up, he insisted that she witness his newest act of prestidigitation, in which a bouquet of multicolored silks suddenly vanished from his hands in midair, only to reappear in an instant as miniature flags of the United Nations slowly unspooling on a thread from his mouth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • So, by virtue of such mental prestidigitation and tergiversation, inspired and animated as it was by his desire for Sondra, his inability to face the facts in connection with Roberta, he achieved the much-coveted privilege of again seeing her, over one week-end at least, and in such a setting as never before in his life had he been privileged to witness.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy

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