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  • Wearing a dark blue suit and light blue tie and sporting his trademark stubble beard, Mr. Abramovich appeared ill-at-ease, in contrast to Mr. Berezovsky, whose testimony in the early days of the trial exuded a brash confidence.

    Russian Tycoon Faces Grilling

  • Peppered by sometimes hostile questions, the chief executive looked ill-at-ease in a blue jumpsuit, and for the most part stuck to generalities.

    Tepco Plans Compensation Payments

  • This time round I was watching the DVD, which includes a 1993 convention interview with Jon Pertwee and a 1973 Pebble Mill interview with Patrick Troughton - who looks very nervous and ill-at-ease, either he hadn't yet developed the convention-attending skills he later displayed until the day he died, or perhaps he just wasn't feeling well.

    Linkspam for 29-8-2009

  • Fewer and fewer Americans trust the press; the polarisation of news coverage is a testament to how ill-at-ease people feel about the information they're being sold.

    The White House correspondents' dinner: an unseemly schmoozefest | Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

  • Undersecretary Loy Henderson, with the delegation, described Nasser as “obviously nervous and ill-at-ease” but pledging no “hostile arguments” by the Egyptian government.

    Eisenhower 1956

  • These players consistently played the ball off quickly and then got going, making quick, short runs which regularly moved an already ill-at-ease England defence out of position and gave Germany's midfield players, in particular the excellent Bastian Schweinsteiger, options for passes.

    Sharp and clever Germans bewilder flat-lining England

  • I was initially reluctant because I'm a writer, and this is The School Of Visual Arts; you are visual artists, mostly, notwithstanding the presence of a few critics among you -- and no offense, but the presence of critics has never made me relax when I'm ill-at-ease.

    Tony Kushner At The School Of Visual Arts: 'Artists Know That Diligence Counts As Much, If Not More, As Inspiration'

  • Her manner, so ill-at-ease, so furtive, would have protected her effectively against being befriended.

    Starting from Scratch

  • We all expect Brown to sound like a dalek – “I say to the nation” – but I was very surprised at how often Cameron came across as thoroughly ill-at-ease.

    This is how we know we’re right

  • Given the introduction he received from a notably ill-at-ease citizen, he might have wished for another drink.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

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