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Definition lasting a short time
  • Sometimes I did not understand him, but my periods of bewilderment were short-lived.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
short-lived = lasting a short time
  • But collective thinking is usually short-lived.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Yours is a short-lived-but prolific-race.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Usually such freshets were short-lived, but this one wasn't.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • But the unbridled happiness of the reunion was short-lived.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana's Suitcase
  • His short-lived smile was grim.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • But they were very rare and short-lived.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • But his good fortune was short-lived.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • As I should have expected, my happiness was short-lived.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • His lightheartedness was short-lived.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • She could have stood there forever with him, but the reprieve was short-lived.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Shortly after this, however, there was a violent but short-lived quarrel, with loud talking on both sides.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • But our fun was short-lived.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Then the enthusiasm of the Grail had burned the bad gasses of the air into a short-lived beauty.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • That way, he had realized back during his short-lived schooldays, lay only trouble.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Langdon's relief was short-lived.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • But my flight was short-lived.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There was power in the ability to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted to do it, but the pleasure was usually short-lived.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • With Riverrun now safely in Lannister hands, Raventree was the remnant of the Young Wolf's short-lived kingdom.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • A cheer went up from the Athena cabin, but our victory was short-lived.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian

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