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  • adv. In a curt manner; tersely, almost rudely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a curt manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a curt manner
  • In a short and dry utterance; abruptly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner


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  • Then he got the call after two P.M. Some man who wouldn't give his name curtly stating that M.lanie needed him.

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  • His voice was heard calling curtly from the dining-room.

    The Trespasser

  • Nothing on this record could be described as curtly as a 'song'.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • GMA, she answered "curtly," said one source: "No decision has been made."

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  • “Any questions or concerns that you have should be directed to my attorney, David Weisberg,” she said curtly.

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  • The security officer manning the entrance curtly informed Misha that Ms. Mitchell was not receiving any visitors that day and Misha promptly commenced to curse him out.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • “Do you have an appointment?” the receptionist asked curtly.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • Regan listened impatiently before curtly dismissing some with a promise to “give it more thought,” and dispatching others with a nod to Mick Lowe and an instruction to “get on it.”

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • If he had, Samuelson would curtly instruct him not to do something like that again.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Samuelson talked twice more to Trask: the first time to gather more information, and the second to explain, rather curtly, the plan they had conceived to limit the potential damage from his indiscretion.

    O: A Presidential Novel


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