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  • Since then, all vehicles in a Nascar race have the same boxy body style, with a futuristic back wing and a road-hugging shelf-like splitter in the front.

    Wrong Track: Nascar Feels Chrysler's Pain

  • The room was dominated by a huge antique desk, behind which sat a petite woman, her white hair set like swirls of whipped cream around her placid, doll-like face, with a quadruple string of pearls beneath, balanced on a shelf-like bosom.

    The Little Lady Agency and the Prince

  • The new car features adjustable aerodynamic devices -- notably a shelf-like splitter in front and an adjustable wing in back -- much like the wings on Formula One and Indy Cars.

    Fast, Not Furious

  • This street is linked by a side-street to a shelf-like road higher up the hill and, in late summer, when the abundant dropped fruit of the wild cherry trees gets trodden on, the footpaths up there are stained with red and dark-blue smears.

    Excerpt: Maps For Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam

  • Muttonchops flowing down into a perfectly trimmed shelf-like, brick-colored mat.

    Beards I Work With

  • But the input of CDs to the house is enormous and unstoppable, plus there is a bad habit (note passive tense) of not putting away CDs, and the result was that the floor and the windowsill (lovely wide shelf-like windowsill) were piled with stacks of CDs.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • The folding doors, the shelf-like seat a wooden stool, if you're lucky, the light that snaps on when the door clicks shut—these details set my head swimming with dreamy nostalgia for a time when it was thought that a phone call demanded and deserved privacy, and the phone you used to make the call on merited a handsome, thoughtfully constructed home.

    Wooden Phone Booth Sighting: Sardi's

  • The idea you could create high shelf-like foods made it a lot of sense but we've taken it to a whole different extreme with Twinkies.

    CNN Transcript Sep 21, 2007

  • She climbed on awhile in leafy obscurity, neither able to see above or below her, but presently the leaves thinned, and she came out on a flat shelf-like summit and saw the forest roof stretching away under her feet.

    The Conquering Sword Of Conan

  • Shortly after that, the greasy-haired wee scrote with the rifle and the Record had boarded from the rear, before the door was closed and locked from outside by the polisman with the clipboard, who then climbed into the cab up front beside the driver, placing his own weapon on the wide, shelf-like dashboard with a heavy thump.

    Country of the Blind

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