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used in Catch-22

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taking pains to avoid being observed


in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
  • 'Please find out from Corporal Snark if he put laundry soap in the sweet potatoes again,' he requested furtively.
    Chapter 12 — Bologna (51% in)
  • Doc Daneeka had lost his head during Milo's bombardment; instead of running for cover, he had remained out in the open and performed his duty, slithering along the ground through shrapnel, strafing and incendiary bombs like a furtive, wily lizard from casualty to casualty, administering tourniquets, morphine, splints and sulfanilamide with a dark and doleful visage, never saying one word more than he had to and reading in each man's bluing wound a dreadful portent of his own decay.
    Chapter 24 — Milo (58% in)
  • He thought he heard furtive whispering.
    Chapter 25 — The Chaplain (36% in)
  • 'No, I'm not nuts,' Dobbs roared furiously back in the ward, in what he imagined was a furtive whisper.
    Chapter 27 — Nurse Duckett (52% in)
  • Nurse Duckett plucked Yossarian's arm and whispered to him furtively to meet her in the broom closet outside in the corridor.
    Chapter 34 — Thanksgiving (93% in)
  • Yossarian responded to the thought by slipping away stealthily from the police and almost tripped over the feet of a burly woman of forty hastening across the intersection guiltily, darting furtive, vindictive glances behind her toward a woman of eighty with thick, bandaged ankles doddering after her in a losing pursuit.
    Chapter 39 — The Eternal City (72% in)
  • He darted furtive, guilty glances back as he fled in defeat, afraid the old woman might now start following him, and he welcomed the concealing shelter of the drizzling, drifting, lightless, nearly opaque gloom.
    Chapter 39 — The Eternal City (75% in)

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