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  • So, no, few parents would refer themselves as victims in any amount of seriousness don't get me started on the question of whether I would only be half-jesting on the many occassions that I DO describe myself as a victim - but 'victims' are not the only ones whose lives are altered by profound experiences.

    Our Motherhood, Our Selves

  • Some half-jesting conversation had seemingly been passing between the poet and the saint; for as they came in she said with a smile (which was somewhat of a forced one) — “Well, my dear sons, you are sure of immortality, at least on earth; for Mr. Spenser has been vowing to me to give your adventure a whole canto to itself in his ‘Faerie Queene’.”

    Westward Ho!

  • You will often read and hear half-jesting advice to the effect that you should spend your housecleaning time on only those areas of your home that people are going to see when they come to visit.

    HOME COMFORTS

  • When she revealed this, Letterman didn't quite believe it, but then said half-jesting something like: "If that's true, that's the biggest mistake I made in my entire life."

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • There was not the least need for the half-jesting tone in which Maurice clothed his air of authority.

    Maurice Guest

  • Despite his only half-jesting remark to Kingsley, Morgan knew that it was far too early to start relaxing.

    The Fountains of Paradise

  • Many of his friends regretted his stand in advising scientists to refuse to testify before congressional committees, and his half-jesting and misunderstood comment that, the way scientists are treated today, if he had had it to do all over he might well have become a plumber.

    Albert Einstein: Appraisal of an Intellect

  • As we have said, this strain of half-jesting compliment was not unfamiliar to Margaret; but she could hardly remain unconscious of the fact that a deeper note had crept into his voice during the last few words, and that his eyes glowed with a fire more ardent than she usually saw.

    A True Friend A Novel

  • Here, the first care of the white men was to wash off the paint from their persons, not without a half-jesting objection from the Sagamore.

    The Knight of the Golden Melice A Historical Romance

  • He said this with a smile and a chuckle, hoping to win his friend to the half-earnest, half-jesting talk with which they sometimes tried to lighten the heavy burdens that both were constantly bearing.

    Round Anvil Rock A Romance

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