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oblique -- as in: an oblique reference
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  • I sat up: oblique strain to the cartilage between the lower ribs.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Sunny was one store down, in front of the stationer’s, and I watched her obliquely from inside.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It is also a great climber, and can leap forty feet from a tree to the ground, breaking its fall by landing obliquely with its chest, belly and tail.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Still, why did Elena have to be so oblique about everything?
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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  • She tried looking at the mouth, at the thin, almost colorless lips, and this was more possible, even though she had to look obliquely, so that she was not sure exactly what the face really looked like, whether it was young or old, cruel or kind, human or alien.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • They had become almost as oblique as Denny himself.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I overhear Marjorie and Babs discussing it in an oblique way: "Listen, kid, it’s one way to pass the course," is what they say.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • FOR SOME REASON, DURING this strained interlude (possibly because Platt’s mysterious trouble reminded me of my own) it occurred to me that maybe I ought to tell Hobie about the painting, or —at the very least—broach the subject in some oblique manner, to see what his reaction would be.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • When Sylvia walked through downtown Torrance with her family, she noticed oblique glances from passersby.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He looked at her obliquely, but didn’t answer.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones

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  • She walked obliquely away across the grass as though trying to get rid of him, then seemed to resign herself to having him at her side.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Along the terrace, then down the slope towards the sea-obliquely-to the end of the island where loose rocks went out into the water.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I do so in the hope that my experiences will throw some oblique light on the enigma of Chris McCandless.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Peering obliquely across the towering gilded altar to the far end of the south transept, Langdon saw several people crawling on their hands and knees.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Are these last throwing out oblique hints touching Tophet?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Stop thief!" and he ran obliquely across the oblong towards the yard gates, and vanished.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • They turned so they faced Eragon obliquely and, bending at the waists, drew a large pentagram on the ground.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He saw a cow swimming slowly towards the fill in an oblique line.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • She would chuckle, and Pari would humor her, but she sensed an edge to these jokes, an oblique sort of chiding, a suggestion that her knowledge had been judged esoteric and her pursuit of it frivolous.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Then, advancing obliquely towards us, came a fifth.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Among the opinions and voices in this immense, restless, brilliant, and proud sphere, Prince Andrew noticed the following sharply defined subdivisions of tendencies and parties: The first party consisted of Pfuel and his adherents—military theorists who believed in a science of war with immutable laws—laws of oblique movements, outflankings, and so forth.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But he said it with a warm smile:, and Danny and I were delighted by his oblique compliment.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • A small window shot an oblique square of whiter light upon the cluttered floor.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • The court-yard of this quarter is enclosed by enormous walls, over which the sun glances obliquely, when it deigns to penetrate into this gulf of moral and physical deformity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The angles of the original triangle were oblique and created more of a distorted quadrilateral.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • My head snaps up at this oblique reference to redlighting, but August stares beyond me, at a sidewall.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Then he walked rapidly along beside the chains at some distance and crossed the road obliquely.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The hotel’s silence seemed to mock him with echoes which were almost there, sly and oblique.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • We came out obliquely upon a narrow open space where we could see the stars overhead again.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had, but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion, obliquely expressed, that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I recognized by the oblique feet that it was some extinct creature after the fashion of the Megatherium.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • She transforms him into a wrinkled old man, the poet’s oblique way of introducing the second theme, Recognition.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The hall is oblong and seen obliquely, so that one of its sides forms the back of the right foreground, and meeting the left background makes an angle with the stage, which is partly visible.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • His wife had never shown any jealousy of Mattie, but of late she had grumbled increasingly over the house-work and found oblique ways of attracting attention to the girl’s inefficiency.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Everybody had a secret that he had to spread obliquely to keep its identity as a secret.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • When Miss Ophelia entered the kitchen Dinah did not rise, but smoked on in sublime tranquillity, regarding her movements obliquely out of the corner of her eye, but apparently intent only on the operations around her.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He delivered oblique slights that, on the surface, never exceeded the bounds of politeness, and he refused to be drawn to anger no matter how Eragon needled him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When the position of the stone is oblique, the motion of the island is so too: for in this magnet, the forces always act in lines parallel to its direction.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • We are in a crater, the English are coming down obliquely, they are turning our flank and working in behind us.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Pickett’s left oblique began.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • He looked at me obliquely with darkening eyes, but would say no more.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Harry did not dare look directly at Draco, but saw him obliquely; a figure slightly taller than he was, rising from an armchair, his face a pale and pointed blur beneath white-blond hair.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Finally I descended the hill, obliquely, towards the trees I had seen.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • She had a strange sense of having antagonized God by too much prayer and so addressed Him now obliquely.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Mal’akh tipped his face down now and got an oblique view of the top of his head.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • ) at the oblique triple (piano!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • My mother’s eyes look obliquely to the floor, declaring that on the streets, at all times, in all public places, even a glance can be indiscreet.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Above them, her thick black brows slanted upward, cutting a startling oblique line in her magnolia-white skin—that skin so prized by Southern women and so carefully guarded with bonnets, veils and mittens against hot Georgia suns.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "No, no! the life is in his heart yet, and after he has slept awhile he will come to himself, and be a wiser man for it, till the hour of his real time shall come," returned Hawkeye, casting another oblique glance at the insensible body, while he filled his charger with admirable nicety.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • And she grinned, delighted at what she took to be an oblique compliment.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
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