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innuendo
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
something suggested indirectly — (often a negative comment about someone, or sexual humor)
  • "I suppose Mary Garth admires Mr. Lydgate," said Rosamond, not without a touch of innuendo.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (83% in)
  • Solomon's Proverbs, I think, have omitted to say, that as the sore palate findeth grit, so an uneasy consciousness heareth innuendoes.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (77% in)
  • They seemed now to convey an innuendo which confirmed the impression that he had been making a fool of himself and behaving so as to be misunderstood: not, he believed, by Rosamond herself; she, he felt sure, took everything as lightly as he intended it.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (78% in)
  • Mr. Joshua Rigg, in fact, appeared to trouble himself little about any innuendoes, but showed a notable change of manner, walking coolly up to Mr. Standish and putting business questions with much coolness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (16% in)
  • The indirect though emphatic expression of opinion to which Mr. Vincy was prone suffered much restraint in this case: Lydgate was a proud man towards whom innuendoes were obviously unsafe, and throwing his hat on the floor was out of the question.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (22% in)
  • Mrs. Mawmsey had had a great deal of sitting from Mr. Gambit, including very full accounts of his own habits of body and other affairs; but of course he knew there was no innuendo in her remark, since his spare time and personal narrative had never been charged for.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (15% in)
  • But this vague conviction of indeterminable guilt, which was enough to keep up much head-shaking and biting innuendo even among substantial professional seniors, had for the general mind all the superior power of mystery over fact.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (89% in)

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