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wary
used in The Poisonwood Bible

4 uses
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Definition
nervous about (or distrustful of) someone or something
  • I'd slide this awful story off my shoulders, flatten it, sketch out our crimes like a failed battle plan and shake it in the faces of my neighbors, who are wary of me already.
    Book 1 — Genesis (8% in)
  • He was to be given his meals, the privilege of sleeping in our chicken house (where a handful of wary hens had crept back home, after hiding from Mother's killing spree for the picnic), and a basket of eggs to sell each week so he could start saving up for a wife.
    Book 2 — Revelation (56% in)
  • I was wary of this conversation but curious to know how well he'd learned the teachings of the Bible.
    Book 3 — Judges (13% in)
  • With the help of friends I rearranged my small apartment to accommodate a grown-up baby, and warily crept each morning from a mattress to my coffee maker and hotplate on the kitchen floor.
    Book 5 — Exodus (44% in)

There are no more uses of "wary" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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