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per se

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  • "It wasn't a dream per se, as a matter of fact," he told Jeannie.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He would stay with us, but I had no legal protection per se.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This was merged, in turn, in an examination of the Italian heart per se.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • They're not dangerous per se... "But they are a right pain," said Cooper, glancing at it.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I'm not thinking of anything fancy, and not a recording studio, per se.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Actually, it's not tied directly to the Chinese per se.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Four decades ago Bell Wiley wrote that scarcely one in ten Union soldiers "had any real interest in emancipation per se."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • He doesn't feel jealous of her past per se.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Not big per se (as Chacko-of-Oxford would no doubt have put it).
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The girl had no other injuries, per se, though she hardly responded when spoken to or even when examined.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But I truly believe that it wasn't bullying, per se, that led Peter to do what he did.'
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • "Not per se, no." He tapped the file.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • They were humane enough, anticommercial enough, to call economic activity per se a danger to the salvation of the soul, that is, to humanity.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I'd never really been afraid of heights per se, but being able to see all the details with such clarity made the prospect less appealing.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Not that they are wrong, per se, but the church has always downplayed the Illuminati threat.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "There's nothing wrong with it per se.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Standardization is excellent, per se.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • "The rape per se didn't impact me so much," she says.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • "I was not coded by a professional hacker, per se, but by a researcher at the Library of Congress who taught himself how to code," the Librarian says.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • There were no experts at orbital mining per se.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die

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