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elusive
used in This Side of Paradise

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Definition
difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
  • Shaw's aloof clarity and brilliant consistency and the gloriously intoxicated efforts of H. G. Wells to fit the key of romantic symmetry into the elusive lock of truth, alone won his rapt attention.
    2.2 — Experiments in Convalescence (48% in)
  • ...dusk, and he was the eternal hero, one with the sea-rover on the prow of a Norse galley, one with Roland and Horatius, Sir Nigel and Ted Coy, scraped and stripped into trim and then flung by his own will into the breach, beating back the tide, hearing from afar the thunder of cheers.... finally bruised and weary, but still elusive, circling an end, twisting, changing pace, straight-arming.... falling behind the Groton goal with two men on his legs, in the only touchdown of the game.
    1.1 — Amory, Son of Beatrice (85% in)

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