- n. Plural form of upstroke.
“At the end of the session, if you managed to keep them all in mind while you sat straight but also stayed relaxed, and if you concentrated on what you were doing instead of wishing you were out in the school yard playing Red Rover, you had pages of perfect ovals, upstrokes, and downstrokes, and by the end of third grade, these would have come together into some species of legible penmanship.”
“TRUINI: Because this saw cuts on the upcuts, upstrokes.”
“Why should downstrokes be thick and upstrokes thin?”
“She drew more lines — dots and dashes, downstrokes and upstrokes, bends and hooks.”
The Bonesetter's Daughter
“It was written, not printed; written in a clear, even hand, with thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes, very large, easier than print, and so beautiful that Lucy stared at it for a whole minute and forgot about reading it.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“On his return with the inkstand to the corner of my shelf, he could not resist sometimes boasting when he had not made a single blot; or confessing to me, in perfect confidence, how much the thinness of Susan's upstrokes, or the thickness of her downstrokes, was owing to the clearness of his slit or the fineness of his nib.”
“The times I've written it, thick down strokes, thin upstrokes!”
“_Why_ should downstrokes be thick and upstrokes thin?”
“It was written, as were all the letters we received from this Cornish venturer, in a woman's hand, small and delicate, with upstrokes like spider's thread; written in French, too, quite easy and careless.”
“_Self-esteem_, to which is allied conceit and ostentation, shows itself in proportion to the size of the writing, the taller and more flourished the upstrokes and the longer the downstrokes, the greater the self-assertiveness.”
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