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  • adjective resembling a drill


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  • She rubbed the exposed hand affectionately, purring her drill-like purr.

    COG-WORK CAT • by Joyce Chng

  • At the first of many abrupt stops on our drive through the West Bank the women, in silent, drill-like fashion, get out of the car, swiftly unpack white flags with "Machsom Watch" printed on them and attach the flags to the car windows.

    Amy York Rubin: If Israel's New Government Won't, Maybe the People Will: The Checkpoint Women

  • Kingdon (1997) argued that the skull morphology of the drill-mangabeys indicates that they are dwarfed, short-faced descendants of large drill-like ancestors.

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  • An STX is drill-like in nature, but it is more complex and flexible than a drill.

    FM 7-85 Glossary

  • The university, still hoping to get the boy, invited the whole Kolff family to Birmingham to see one of the less-important football games, Alabama versus Tennessee, and during the first half of his first American contest Dieter did get excited by the drill-like precision of the teams, but what happened at half-time killed both the event and any chance young Magnus had to play with that band.


  • The mouth is located at the tip of an enormously long snout, or proboscis, and the drill-like instrument is used for puncturing the thick covering of various kinds of nuts so as to admit the egg into the kernel upon which the young will feed.

    Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifteenth Annual Meeting New York City, September 3, 4 and 5, 1924

  • The earliest work seems to be done by a graving process, as if cutting were by lines; the later is evidently done by the drilling operation now in use, and the process is much more apparent, especially in the drill-like terminations.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866

  • And poking his drill-like snout into the earth, he drew forth a huge angleworm, which quickly disappeared down his throat.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole

  • His drill-like nose, his powerful fore-legs and big, strong feet all served to make him the fastest digger in Pleasant Valley.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole

  • "While it may be harder during practice to switch between tasks … you end up remembering the tasks better later than you do if you engage in this drill-like practice," Winstein said.



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