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furtive
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
  • I think they both cried a little in a furtive manner, while Dorothea ran down-stairs to greet her uncle.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (53% in)
  • Meanwhile tiny Miss Noble carried on her arm a small basket, into which she diverted a bit of sugar, which she had first dropped in her saucer as if by mistake; looking round furtively afterwards, and reverting to her teacup with a small innocent noise as of a tiny timid quadruped.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (45% in)
  • Mr. Casaubon blinked furtively at Will.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (89% in)
  • He was a large-cheeked man, nearly seventy, with small furtive eyes, and was not only of much blander temper but thought himself much deeper than his brother Peter; indeed not likely to be deceived in any of his fellow-men, inasmuch as they could not well be more greedy and deceitful than he suspected them of being.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (86% in)

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