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spasmodic
used in Ulysses by James Joyce

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Definition
affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm;
or: occurring in spells and often abruptly
  • A couched spear of acuminated granite rested by him while at his feet reposed a savage animal of the canine tribe whose stertorous gasps announced that he was sunk in uneasy slumber, a supposition confirmed by hoarse growls and spasmodic movements which his master repressed from time to time by tranquilising blows of a mighty cudgel rudely fashioned out of paleolithic stone.
    Episode 12 — Cyclops (11% in)
  • By inserting the barrel of an arruginated male key in the hole of an unstable female lock, obtaining a purchase on the bow of the key and turning its wards from right to left, withdrawing a bolt from its staple, pulling inward spasmodically an obsolescent unhinged door and revealing an aperture for free egress and free ingress.
    Episode 17 — Ithaca (52% in)

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