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elaborate
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

8 uses
  • Chief Pike got my attention only because of what a ridiculous question he asked—and how much more absurd was his elaboration on his question!
    p. 36.8
  • The first time he took the armadillo home with him, he brought a box stuffed with cotton—it was such an elaborately conceived and strongly built carrying case that the armadillo could have been mailed safely overseas in it.
    p. 66.1
  • The wooden buttresses are quite elaborate—they are wainscoted, and even the lines of the wainscoting are visible on the buttresses, despite their height; that's how brightly lit the church is.
    p. 179.6
  • But Hester was impressed by the energy of Grandmother's constant criticism of nearly everything she saw; that was a style Hester sought to imitate—for even "shit" was worth watching if it afforded one the opportunity to elaborate on what sort of shit it was.
    p. 272.5
  • But over this unholy, unstudious, unsuitable ground the stone Mary Magdalene stood her guard; under her odd, cement archway, she at times appeared to be tending to an elaborate but crudely homemade barbecue; at other times, she seemed to be a goalie—poised in the goal.
    p. 275.3
  • He explained the two sets of muscles involved in a "head voice" and in a "chest voice"; although this was not what interested Owen and me about my mother, we were polite and allowed Mr. McSwiney to elaborate on his teacher's opinion of her.
    p. 361.2
  • "FIRST YOU TELL ME I CAN'T WRITE USING ONLY CAPITAL LETTERS, NOW YOU WANT ME TO 'ELABORATE'—TO BE MORE 'EXPANSIVE.'
    p. 439.7
  • And the typical Gravesend families were plain and dour in the face of death; we had few calls for elaborate coping, even fewer for archways with dosserets, and not one for angels sliding down barber poles.
    p. 444.4

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