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banter
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
casual conversation that is clever and amuses and/or teases
  • The old man, who was stooping over the fire toasting a piece of bread, looked round as he bantered Oliver thus; and chuckled as if to show that he knew he would still be very glad to get away if he could.
    Chapter 20 — Wherein Oliver is Delivered Over to Mr. William Sikes (6% in)
  • ...gave a new turn to the conversation; for the boys, receiving a sly wink from the wary old Jew, began to ply her with liquor: of which, however, she took very sparingly; while Fagin, assuming an unusual flow of spirits, gradually brought Mr. Sikes into a better temper, by affecting to regard his threats as a little pleasant banter; and, moreover, by laughing very heartily at one or two rough jokes, which, after repeated applications to the spirit-bottle, he condescended to make.
    Chapter 39 — Introduces Some Respectable Characters with Whom the.... (35% in)

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