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  • adj. lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak


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  • He is summed up by Winter in one of the later novels as "dogged by a reputation as a weirdo loner with a passion for birdwatching and a deaf-and-dumb son".

    Pompey meets Le Havre in French TV crime hit

  • We get dem all da time from da deaf-and-dumb school.


  • To get quite specific, if I were the agency for Wal-Mart – which Edelman is – I would have fired them or as an employee, I would have quit after so many of the deaf-and-dumb things that company has done to harm its relationship with its public.

    The inside-out agency « BuzzMachine

  • Looking up and seeing me, he says, in our deaf-and-dumb talk, “Do not be angry.”

    Doctor Marigold

  • This may be a reason why Sophy, with her deaf-and-dumb child in her arms, seemed to stand silent by me all through my nap.

    Doctor Marigold

  • At the risk of leaving his coat behind him, or tearing deep scratches in his back, he got through the hedge when the so-called Miss Fanny and her pretended deaf-and-dumb maid were at the other end of the path; then, when they had come within twenty yards of him without seeing him, for he was in the shadow of the hedge, and the moon was shining brightly, he suddenly rose.

    Albert Savarus

  • “If he was in this house when Mother lived here, he must have been deaf-and-dumb for sure—also a big fan of horror stories.”

    Noble Norfleet

  • The alphabet consisted of the original and additional signs belonging to a deaf-and-dumb means of communication, apparently Pelasgian in origin, used by Irish poets among themselves.

    The Crane Bag

  • Turning to the left, he stopped at the door of the deaf-and-dumb man, and, knowing he would receive no answer, he turned the knob.

    Maigret Bides His Time

  • No one of heart or mind need feel afraid to talk and be agreeable, whether introduced or not, at a friend's house; even if she meets with the rebuff of a deaf-and-dumb neighbor, she need not feel heart-broken: she is right, and her stiff acquaintance is wrong.

    Manners and Social Usages


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