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  • There they stand, high lonesome's sweetest harmonizers, singing their hearts out in white suits and pink shirts, backgrounded by flames and the grinning scarlet figure, half-comical, half-terrifying, of a 16-foot-tall plywood Satan.

    In and Out of Harmony

  • Rupert nosed her from behind, his lip curled back in the half-pornographic, half-comical flehmen response, pushing cows and calves out of his way.

    The Dirty Life

  • And then he remembered Prometheus ... and the half-comical picture vanished in a puff of smoke.

    Warhorse

  • Everly, who returned it with a look of half-comical disappointment, and with one long step was at Mrs. Wingfield's side, saying:

    A Heart-Song of To-day

  • After the flax dance was finished, a company of boys took the platform, and made everyone laugh with a queer, half-comical, half-serious dance which Gerda called the "ox-dance."

    Gerda in Sweden

  • And when, through thoughtlessness or forgetfulness, as was not unfrequently the case, he happened to find himself in some awkward scrape or perplexity, he would toss back his waving hair with a half-vexed half-comical expression, which would disarm at once his mother's anger, spite of herself, and turn her severe rebuke into a mild remonstrance.

    Frank Oldfield Lost and Found

  • "Well, you're likely to, as things have turned out," said Philip, with a half-comical groan.

    The Sea of Adventure

  • He literally walked down the planks into the arena, a strange, half-comical, half-terrible spectacle.

    Trailin'!

  • Collier, he was so comfortable and peaceful, and Lambert, with his magnificent opinion of himself, which he expressed frequently in a half-comical, half-serious fashion, was to me more like a man on the stage than an ordinary undergraduate.

    Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate

  • His round, ruddy face was naturally full of cheeriness, but the corners of his mouth seemed to me to be pulled down in a half-comical distress.

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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