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  • Boiling at the strange, leather-faced women who had come to the viewing and had broken down on their knees, wailing and beating the casket with their fists, making a familiar, requisite spectacle in the name of charity wine and coliva.

    Breadcrumbs

  • Among the few dissenters was a leather-faced Louisiana fighter pilot named Claire Lee Chennault, who in 1937 left the service for his heresy and took himself to China.

    Whirlwind

  • Hot Springs is a place where Dick Hildreth, the leather-faced masseur at the Arlington Hotel bathhouse, describes his intention to vote for Clinton in the idiom of an old gambler who once gave rubdowns to Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and the Capone boys from Chicago.

    Into the Story

  • Somewhere in the warm southern Mediterranean Sea, a leather-faced sailor with a pipe balanced gently on his chapped lip lowers his anchor for the night.

    Adam Klappholz: Internet Down! An Anchor Wreaks Havoc on Global Economy

  • On miniplots defined by mounded earth, leather-faced peasants planted soybeans, cauliflower and potatoes in early March sunshine.

    Recapturing Olympic Glory

  • Ah, such were the times of leather-faced privateers and buccaneers from the West Indies with their masted frigates and schooners laden with iron cannons and loaded with sea-loving, simple-minded, deck hands.

    ThinkGeek :: Pirate Mug

  • The two-time champ was young and attractive, with the looks and aura of a rock star—a stark contrast to the older, leather-faced Texans who had reigned through the 1970s.

    One of a Kind

  • The leader of the group that had come to guide Baldwin was a leather-faced Armenian named Gabriel who looked anything but the angel of his namesake.

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • He went off into a nearby group of his men, who had dismounted and were resting, and returned almost at once with two leather-faced thanes — one short, potbellied, and smiling, the other tall and slit-eyed, with a straggling ginger moustache.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • I will be like one of those ancient, leather-faced men in Siberia whose parents were purged under Stalin, so full of rage that I could do nothing but peel potatoes under a freezing midnight sun.

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