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  • After that, he took a shower and lied down in bed, staring at the water-stained ceiling, his naked body spread-eagled atop the sheets.

    Talking Heads « A Fly in Amber

  • Bulky iron stoves are lined up neatly in the yard behind a stairway to his second-floor office, where he pulls out a leather-bound photo album, warped and water-stained by the tsunami.

    Insight: Tsunami town epitomizes Japan Inc's dilemmas

  • The shadow of a seagull on water-stained wallpaper.

    Maine

  • I looked at my water-stained leather boots, mottled after days of tromping around campus in the snow and sleet.

    Ominous

  • The leather binding is flaking and discoloured, the pages are ragged, spotted, and slightly water-stained.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • At the December auction, a businessman from Jiangsu province dropped $8,300 on two dozen bottles of liquor of uncertain vintage—their water-stained cardboard packaging suggested they were old—almost four times the starting price on the auction docket.

    Forget Stocks—Chinese Turn Bullish on Booze and Caterpillar Fungus

  • The book has suffered much, pages are badly burned or water-stained, so it is very delicate and rarely put on show.

    Sir Isaac Newton's own annotated Principia Mathematica goes online

  • It meant that the house creaked under its own weight, had water-stained ceilings and smelled like a used bookstore.

    Someplace Else

  • It fills the corner of a nondescript block, its size calling to mind an old-fashioned parlor where you might order at the counter, choose between a selection that doesn't range much wider than pistachio or maple walnut and then take yourself to a bentwood chair at a water-stained wooden table.

    An Ice Cream Pilgrim's Progress

  • With a quiet aha! he took down a well-worn, water-stained copy of The Iowa Writers 'Workshop Cookbook and passed it to me with one word: gift.

    Poetry And Food

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