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  • He had parched hands and a face hacked as if by baseball cleats.   (source)
    parched = dried out (as though by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight)
  • A bowl of thin cabbage soup, half burned, was as welcome to them as rain to parched earth.   (source)
    parched = dried out by heat
  • It was parched country, for the rains had not yet come north, and the streams ran nearly empty.   (source)
    parched = dry or thirsty
  • Our limbs numb with cold despite the running our throats parched, famished, breathless, on we went.   (source)
    parched = dry from thirst
  • ...parch, like earth denied rain.   (source)
    parch = dry out
  • It was us that had been making him go on for weeks, ... weeks of making him wink and grin and laugh and go on with his act long after his humor had been parched dry between two electrodes.   (source)
    parched = dried out by heat
  • "Pa, try to take some water," she'd say, lifting his head and holding a glass to his cracked, parched lips.   (source)
    parched = dried out
  • He ate another piece of jerky and a handful of parched corn, waiting for the dark.   (source)
  • His head began to ache and his eyes to burn, and his mouth felt parched.   (source)
    parched = dried out or very thirsty
  • Feverish dreams flickered from his enlarged eyes, long nails grew slowly on his parched fingers and a dry, shaggy beard grew on his chin.   (source)
    parched = dried out
  • "Now, Pheoby, don't feel too mean wid de rest of 'em 'cause dey's parched up from not knowin' things."   (source)
  • The grass on the side lawn was parched brown with irregular scallops of green where the shade of the trees shadowed the ground.   (source)
    parched = dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Surely there is no greater gift to a man than that which turns all his aims into parching lips and all life into a fountain.   (source)
    parching = drying out (or making thirsty)
  • It allays a feverish thirst that had parched me for many days.   (source)
    parched = dried out; or made to feel thirsty
  • I pictured Mother, tired and parched, drawing back away from the window.†   (source)
  • As we headed south the land became more parched.†   (source)
  • Her cheekbones were still high and strong, but the skin was parched and ruddy from all those winters and summers exposed to the elements.†   (source)
  • In late spring it briefly produces a delicate golden bloom, but for most of the year the plant huddles unadorned and unnoticed on the parched earth.†   (source)
  • There were Megan and Christy, who jumped up and down like parched peas, moody Beth Ann, and pink-cheeked Alex.†   (source)
  • Behind the rocks, at ambush within the parched canyons, the defenders crouch.†   (source)
  • I'd awoken at dawn, stiff with cold and my throat parched.†   (source)
  • His lips became cracked and parched.†   (source)
  • That being settled, why not do something about my parched throat?†   (source)
  • I'm parched.†   (source)
  • Harry vaulted over the locked park gate and set off across the parched grass.†   (source)
  • This night I feel torn open like the hot dry soil, parched.†   (source)
  • His lips were parched and cracked.†   (source)
  • My throat's parched.†   (source)
  • He felt a relief within as the hymn poured into his parched soul.†   (source)
  • Our lips became parched and our joints weakened and ached.†   (source)
  • She wet her parched lips and craned her neck to peer at the android behind her.†   (source)
  • My throat feels parched; the words tear at my throat as they come out.†   (source)
  • Their throats were parched, their bones ached, their stomachs twitched with hunger.†   (source)
  • He rolled his dusty tongue round his parched mouth and moaned.†   (source)
  • The ground was dry, parched from months with no rain, and it was solid.†   (source)
  • He brought handfuls to his parched lips.†   (source)
  • The soil was parched, and dirt flew into their eyes.†   (source)
  • Like Granny, Mother slept with the lamp on her table illuminated; so when I opened the door a crack and peered in, I could see the parched bottoms of her feet sticking out of the sheets.†   (source)
  • In spite of endless glasses of water, her throat is parched.†   (source)
  • I can't breathe, and my mouth is dry, parched.†   (source)
  • The tiny cramped cellar always smelled dry and musty, the air heavy with the odors of parched curling paper, mingled with the richer aroma of old leather bindings and dusty cobwebs.†   (source)
  • Nadia took her record player and records and clothes and food, and her parched but possibly revivable lemon tree, and also some money and gold coins, which she had left hidden in the tree's clay plot, buried within the soil.†   (source)
  • Frankly, we were more interested in the news that heavy rain was falling to the west of us and might soon reach our own parched village.†   (source)
  • I wasn't only on fire, but I was now parched, too.†   (source)
  • His mud skin was cracked like a parched riverbed.†   (source)
  • And now Lestat, who was drawn to weakness like a parched man to water, grabbed her wrist, and she screamed and dropped the lamp.†   (source)
  • Beneath it, the jagged cliffs of the Shield Wall shone like parched icing through a dust haze.†   (source)
  • Her parched lips formed the words He's alive!†   (source)
  • And her tongue was like a parched root.†   (source)
  • She removed it from the cage, rocked it in her arms, and with a missionary's care managed to get water down his parched, swollen throat.†   (source)
  • My lips were parched and my throat was dry.†   (source)
  • The parched days and sticky nights are undistinguished in my mind, but the storms, the violent sudden storms, both frightened and quenched me.†   (source)
  • Isamu couldn't have been gone too long because not all the plants were parched though some of the delicate ones had turned to skeletons in the front window.†   (source)
  • She pictured the wedding guests with mouths too parched to spit, but spitting and cursing all the same, telling one another that the bride was uglier than they remembered, and the big mole on her neck must mean she'd also inherited the miserliness of her father.†   (source)
  • A gravel rake lay rusting in the driveway; the lawn was parched and shabby.†   (source)
  • And then, agonizingly slow, it broke its way through the parched lips in a spaghetti-thin column of air that could be faintly heard in the frozen room.†   (source)
  • Or do you just sit around all day with your throat parched.†   (source)
  • My throat is parched and tight as I say, "Sarah Rees-Toome."†   (source)
  • It had been a few weeks since the last torrential storm, and anything that had regrown since the flares was parched.†   (source)
  • The volleyball courts and Softball diamonds near the Washington Monument are a parched savanna, and paddle boats are docked, lifelessly, on the glassy tidal basin.†   (source)
  • More people had arrived on the day after Guiding Star had been born, a small boy called Oto-I and a tiny wizened old lady, both of them parched and hungry.†   (source)
  • But in my parched haze, it's hard to piece together what happened.†   (source)
  • On a bookcase shelf in his little house in the parched hills of inland Haiti, Farmer kept a photograph of that other home.†   (source)
  • His throat was parched and sore.†   (source)
  • And rippling out from Mortenson's headquarters in Skardu, over the parched dunes, through the twisting gorges, and up the weatherbound valleys of Baltistan, the legend of a gentle infidel called Dr. Greg was likewise growing.†   (source)
  • I cough and try to clear my parched throat.†   (source)
  • I glanced down to discover I was not walking on grass, but on a ground that looked like tempered glass after it's been shattered, like the cracked, parched landscape of a desert.†   (source)
  • Then he walked over the bridge and stepped onto the parched earth beyond.†   (source)
  • I'm certain you must be parched after your trip.†   (source)
  • I held the cup to his parched mouth, and he drank greedily, his face distorted from the grief of the effort.†   (source)
  • I drank the warm soda, feeling it run down my parched throat.†   (source)
  • She wanted to catch the tired, sun-faded wood of the house and the parched lawn, both a contrast to that bouquet of hope.†   (source)
  • For the Entwives were bent and browned by their labour; their hair parched by the sun to the hue of ripe corn and their cheeks like red apples.†   (source)
  • They portended rain and that would be a welcome relief from weeks of parching heat-the kind that suffocates and crawls all over one's body.†   (source)
  • They're parched.†   (source)
  • His temples throbbed; his mouth was dry, his throat parched —burning.†   (source)
  • He drank again, as if his throat was parched.†   (source)
  • The ground cover was fragrant and dry, almost as parched and blond as the hills in Sicily.†   (source)
  • The night she died, Joe sat at her bedside in the hospital, holding her hand, putting cold compresses on her brow, and slipping slivers of ice into her parched mouth when she asked for them, while she spoke sporadically, half coherently, about a Knights of Columbus dinner dance to which Frank had taken her when Joe was only two, the year before the accident and amputation.†   (source)
  • Tiny flecks of skin, parched from dry-cleaning clothes, ironing shirts, "heavy on the starch," stand up searching for the moisture that was robbed day after day for eleven years.†   (source)
  • If we were to have children ..." and the sudden, alerted sweep of her eyes across his face had made him feel the way a parched plant must feel when it's finally given water.†   (source)
  • The hiss of the spray sounded like a colloquy of snakes in the parched summer grass.†   (source)
  • Beat the cold and you parch the atmosphere.†   (source)
  • My skin looked paler than I'd ever seen it, and my lips were parched.†   (source)
  • That was a woody hill with live oaks dark green against the parched grass where the coyotes sang on moonlit nights.†   (source)
  • My two cans of grain alcohol were believed to have been vodka, with which to loosen the tongues of the parched Russians in order to pry out their innermost secrets.†   (source)
  • I sat down but said nothing, my mouth having become parched and speechless.†   (source)
  • For the earth is parched to dust and all that I grew is dead.†   (source)
  • My throat was parched and my hands shook and my head was on fire.†   (source)
  • The flames of the sun licked down at him, and all the trees were parched.†   (source)
  • There were two more pistol reports and the grandmother raised her head like a parched old turkey hen crying for water and called, "Bailey Boy, Bailey Boy!" as if her heart would break.†   (source)
  • His skin, in spite of being sunburned a deep brown, has a parched sallowness.†   (source)
  • I'm talking about your parched throat.†   (source)
  • Anna Ivanovna lay drenched in sweat, with parched lips.†   (source)
  • It was Isaiah also who had prophesied that a man should be as a hiding-place from the wind and tempest, Isaiah who had described the way of holiness, saying that the parched ground should become a pool, and the thirsty lands springs of water: the very desert should rejoice, and blossom as the rose.†   (source)
  • Now the walls dissolved into distances of parched weed, mile on mile, and warm endless sky.†   (source)
  • But it was not enough to damp the parched ground.†   (source)
  • I could barely move my parched tongue, which was now firmly stuck to the roof of my mouth.†   (source)
  • At the Kabul River, vendors moved into the parched riverbed.†   (source)
  • "To wet their parched tongues," he added, and I thought I saw Crumlin suppress a smirk.†   (source)
  • A strand of hair clung to her parched lips.†   (source)
  • The land was red and dead and parched, and good wood was hard to come by.†   (source)
  • My throat was parched, but the canteen was empty.†   (source)
  • The respite made him suddenly aware of his burning stomach and parched throat.†   (source)
  • He is parched from the alcohol he has consumed.†   (source)
  • "Give me anything, please," he said anxiously, through parched lips.†   (source)
  • There's an oblong of dusty grass in front, a few parched weeds growing beside the walk.†   (source)
  • We were two emaciated mammals, parched and starving.†   (source)
  • Ned was feverish by then, his leg a dull agony, his lips parched and cracked.†   (source)
  • When she was done speaking, her heart was hammering and her mouth felt parched.†   (source)
  • When it is hot, you are parched and wish to be wet.†   (source)
  • Their throats are parched from talking and at one point he offers to go to the café car.†   (source)
  • He took a drink of water, realizing how parched his throat had become.†   (source)
  • He tried to speak but nothing came from his parched mouth, so he cleared his throat and tried again.†   (source)
  • I was starving, and parched from all the talking.†   (source)
  • She closed her mouth and swallowed, but her throat was parched and tacky.†   (source)
  • Woref s throat felt parched, his tongue dry like morst in his mouth.†   (source)
  • Percy's lips were so parched, it hurt to smile.†   (source)
  • Sloan continued to stare over the root, like a parched traveler seeing a great river before him.†   (source)
  • He kissed her, his lips parched and feverishly warm.†   (source)
  • Their multipronged arms stood in defiance of the parched earth below.†   (source)
  • Until now in the center of the road between a parched yard and a grimy gas station.†   (source)
  • My throat is parched and all I want is to close my eyes and fade away.†   (source)
  • A trickle of juice ran down his finger and spilled onto her parched lips.†   (source)
  • He looked around at the parched country, the naked ridges where the earth had split from drought.†   (source)
  • But American bombs, both smart and not-so, had soon rained down on this parched landscape.†   (source)
  • In my childish mind, those sights became parched flesh, a baby's skullcap, a soup of maiden bones.†   (source)
  • His eyes were glazed over, his lips parched, decayed.†   (source)
  • He nodded agreeably, saying, "D'sun do parch."†   (source)
  • His throat was parched, and he had forgotten how to talk.†   (source)
  • She ran her tongue over her parched lips and narrowed her eyes at Lorraine.†   (source)
  • I picked up the bowl again and dribbled another mouthful of water through his parched lips.†   (source)
  • The sun couldn't parch him while he was under the trees.†   (source)
  • Sharing a wafer of lembas, and munching it as best they could with their parched mouths.†   (source)
  • He was in pain, and so parched that he could no longer swallow even a mouthful of food.†   (source)
  • And here she was now, over those boulders and parched hills, with a home of her own, a husband of her own, heading toward one final, cherished province: Motherhood.†   (source)
  • After all that adrenalin, he's parched.†   (source)
  • Cars that were usually gleaming stood dusty in their drives and lawns that were once emerald green lay parched and yellowing — for the use of hosepipes had been banned due to drought.†   (source)
  • The back of my throat was parched, and rolling my tongue across my lips, I could feel them blistered.†   (source)
  • I wondered if the creatures of the dark shunned him, knowing instinctively the parched, crackling thing there was virulent, or whether they swarmed about him in the reeking water, picking his ancient dried flesh from the bones.†   (source)
  • Luke might have severed the twine and hacked through the boots in a matter of seconds, but he went mad with panic and took off, dashing like a marked buck, spreading fire through the sagebrush and wheat grass, which were baked and brittle from the parched summer.†   (source)
  • Its chain-link-fenced and partly concrete-floored play area was at the back, facing a parched valley, on which the other low dwellings of that street also opened, some of them rising on stilts, as though jutting out to sea, an effect that was incongruous, given the dryness and lack of water all about.†   (source)
  • He found a scattering of parched little houses, trailers settling into the sand, and shacks with rusty tin roofs.†   (source)
  • Rain irrigated a parched field.†   (source)
  • But as we circled to receive our share of providence, the fat flanks of the magnificent beasts we'd stalked on the hill shrank to parched sinew, the gristle of drought-starved carcasses.†   (source)
  • Enough made it into my bloodstream, though, to result in a pounding headache, parched mouth, and boiling stomach.†   (source)
  • A certain amount of plant cover had to be set aside to hold dunes in place; a certain amount for foodstuffs (both human and animal); a certain amount to lock moisture in root systems and to feed water out into surrounding parched areas.†   (source)
  • Must have been pretty once, before she lost all that weight; now she's stringy, her hair parched, broom — straw.†   (source)
  • I knocked on the wooden door and stepped through into a yard that had very little in it save for a parched strawberry patch and a bare lemon tree.†   (source)
  • So we piled into the station wagon and drove for twelve hours, winding through canyons and speeding over dark freeways, until we arrived at the mobile home in the parched Arizona desert where my grandparents were waiting out the winter.†   (source)
  • Everything that made him miserable-his chapped lips, parched tongue, and burning eyes-stemmed from it.†   (source)
  • You could find the sun-parched skulls of coyotes and empty tortoise shells and the rattles and shed skins of rattlesnakes.†   (source)
  • And her teeth...I risked a look back and saw the creature crackling from tree to tree like flame through a parched forest.†   (source)
  • I followed the jumping light into the garden, where dry stalks pointed to the skies like scrawny fingers, and rotted, wormy vegetables sank into the cracks of the parched soil.†   (source)
  • In just the few hours since the storm broke, the parched road through our village had become a gushing stream of mud, blood-red, throbbing like an artery.†   (source)
  • Though the ground was parched, there was enough moisture for the plants to live on and enough for him to fill the hole several times over.†   (source)
  • I'd read somewhere that off-road land in parched West Texas sold for as little as a hundred dollars an acre.†   (source)
  • As the day wore on, the geography lesson, which in the morning had been as compact as an oasis, started to stretch out like the Thar Desert; the history lesson, so alive when the day was young, became parched and dusty; the mathematics lesson, so precise at first, became muddled.†   (source)
  • When she woke up, she checked on Aziza, felt the parched cracks of her lips, the faint pulse at her neck, lay down again.†   (source)
  • The back of his throat was parched.†   (source)
  • All over the country, farmers were leaving behind their parched lands, selling off their goods, roaming from village to village looking for water.†   (source)
  • And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them.†   (source)
  • And though her throat was parched with thirst and her feet burned with pins and needles, it was a long time before Mariam gently freed her finger from the baby's grip and got up.†   (source)
  • As the werecats swarmed the soldiers, he blinked and wet his parched mouth, feeling a sense of unreality about everything around him.†   (source)
  • His eyes were red, his lips cracked, his throat dry and parched, but the taste of blood and fat filled his mouth, even as his swollen — belly cried for nourishment.†   (source)
  • Once he began to drink seawater the end would come swiftly, he knew, but all the same he had almost taken that first swallow, so parched was his throat.†   (source)
  • I felt parched.†   (source)
  • The information he discovered on the miles of paper flooded into him like rain on parched desert, sating a previously unknown thirst.†   (source)
  • Dear me, I'm parched.†   (source)
  • Up ahead the grass deepened into a jungle of green willows that was shocking after the parched sterility of the endless hardpan.†   (source)
  • There was an expectancy about its sounds and shapes: the distant chunk pomp of leather and young bodies on the practice field near her house made her think of bands and cold Coca-Colas, parched peanuts and the sight of people's breath in the air.†   (source)
  • It was a desolate spot that de Jong had chosen for his picnic: a strip of canal with a couple of shell-torn piliboxes, some parched, sandy fields, and on the east-.†   (source)
  • He fed the mare a handful of parched corn and lifted her unshod hooves to check for damage from the sharp lava rock.†   (source)
  • Law, I'm parched.†   (source)
  • "The fever is broken," she whispered, "and I have been lying here awake this hour, parched for a posset.†   (source)
  • They got so hungry, one night his daddy roasted a rat and parched some acorns, "and we was glad to git it.†   (source)
  • Her throat was raw and parched.†   (source)
  • My shirt is soaked, my throat parched.†   (source)
  • In fact, he worked so hard at pointing out the funny side of things that I was wondering a little if maybe he was blind to the other side, if maybe he wasn't able to see what it was that parched laughter deep inside your stomach.†   (source)
  • He licked his parched, thirsting lips with a sticky tongue and moaned in misery again, loudly enough this time to attract the startled, searching glances of the men sitting around him on the rows of crude wooden benches in their chocolate-colored coveralls and stitched white parachute harnesses.†   (source)
  • The air, as it seemed to them, grew harsh, and filled with a bitter reek that caught their breath and parched their mouths.†   (source)
  • One day he'd be inside the teaching hospitals of Boston, receiving instruction in the highest current standards of medical care, and the next morning he'd be climbing out of a tap-tap, his face gray with dust, into the squatter settlement in the parched high ground above the dam, where there was no medicine, let alone standards of care.†   (source)
  • After a long drink he handed it to Mark, who relished every drop as it slicked his parched mouth and throat.†   (source)
  • THE JOY THAT swept through Ryan at the sound of that voice was like cool water to parched lips in a cracked, barren wasteland.†   (source)
  • I had never heard the lion, the train, the thunder, and the sound of rain piercing through the parched oak leaves outside my window At the time I thought it was a good omen, but I was wrong.†   (source)
  • Every scrap of vegetation had been scorched from the parched soil, except for growths of black, orange, and chartreuse lichen that, from the air, gave the earth a scabbed and infected appearance.†   (source)
  • Her mouth feels parched, and she gets a drink of Coke from the refrigerator before collapsing onto the couch and propping the pillows.†   (source)
  • I'm parched.†   (source)
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