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used in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

7 uses
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taking pains to avoid being observed


in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
  • He worshipped this new angel with furtive eye, till he saw that she had discovered him;
    Chapter 3 (34% in)
furtive = an attempt to avoid notice
  • She wondered; then she was just a grain troubled; next a dim suspicion came and went—came again; she watched; a furtive glance told her worlds—and then her heart broke, and she was jealous, and angry, and the tears came and she hated everybody.
    Chapter 4 (86% in)
  • Presently the boy began to steal furtive glances at the girl.
    Chapter 6 (81% in)
  • Then furtively the percussion-cap box came out.
    Chapter 7 (9% in)
  • The next instant he was out, and "going on" like an Indian; yelling, laughing, chasing boys, jumping over the fence at risk of life and limb, throwing handsprings, standing on his head—doing all the heroic things he could conceive of, and keeping a furtive eye out, all the while, to see if Becky Thatcher was noticing.
    Chapter 12 (93% in)
  • Presently she gave over skylarking, and moved irresolutely about, sighing once or twice and glancing furtively and wistfully toward Tom.
    Chapter 18 (58% in)
  • "Yes, every one that's friends to me—or wants to be"; and she glanced ever so furtively at Tom, but he talked right along to Amy Lawrence about the terrible storm on the island, and how the lightning tore the great sycamore tree "all to flinders" while he was "standing within three feet of it."
    Chapter 18 (65% in)

There are no more uses of "furtive" in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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