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curt
used in Middlemarch

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?  —10 uses
exact meaning not specified
Definition
brief to the point of rudeness
  • "No," said Mary, curtly, with a little toss of her head.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (94% in)
  • And now what d' you expect?" said Mr. Featherstone, curtly, keeping on his spectacles, but withdrawing his hands under his wraps.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (10% in)
  • Lydgate answered curtly, no—he had work to do—he must give up going out in the evening.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (77% in)
  • If she spoke with any keenness of interest to Mr. Casaubon, he heard her with an air of patience as if she had given a quotation from the Delectus familiar to him from his tender years, and sometimes mentioned curtly what ancient sects or personages had held similar ideas, as if there were too much of that sort in stock already; at other times he would inform her that she was mistaken, and reassert what her remark had questioned.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (37% in)
  • "I suppose we never quite understand why another dislikes what we like, mother," said Mary, rather curtly.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (73% in)
  • I should like some tea, please," said Lydgate, curtly, still scowling and looking markedly at his legs stretched out before him.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (55% in)
  • "No," said Will, curtly.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (74% in)
  • Mr. Hawley's mode of speech, even when public decorum repressed his "awful language," was formidable in its curtness and self-possession.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (95% in)
  • He spoke curtly, feeling the ache of despair as to his being able to carry out any purpose that Rosamond had set her mind against.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (30% in)
  • "She would not see it," he said at last, curtly, feeling at first that this statement must do without explanation.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (35% in)

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?  —3 uses
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  • Lydgate uttered this speech in the curt hammering way with which we usually try to nail down a vague mind to imperative facts.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (13% in)
  • "Why?" said Lydgate, who was much given to use that inconvenient word in a curt tone.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (34% in)
  • Mr. Bambridge was rather curt to the draper, feeling that Hopkins was of course glad to talk to him, but that he was not going to waste much of his talk on Hopkins.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (83% in)

There are no more uses of "curt" in Middlemarch.

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