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  • adv. In a dusty way.


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dusty +‎ -ly


  • A little light seeps in dustily between cracks in the boards, secondhand from a cobwebbed window somewhere across the cellar.

    Jesse Kornbluth: Happiness In 'Omelas' Depends on the Suffering of a Single Child. Could You Live With That?

  • Although, with enough of it, as proved by the Ripon ginger cake contributed by a Mr Herbert M Bower to Florence White's 1932 collection, Good Things in England, there's no danger of dry ginger fading into the background, it seems dustily one-dimensional without the fresh sort.

    How to cook perfect ginger cake

  • Its political narrative is perhaps a little hamstrung by the fact that it doesn't, as a novel, realise that WWI is just around the corner; and all the sex stuff is a little self-congratulatorily 'daring' in a way which, since it all now of course seems dustily dated and oblique, is perhaps unfortunate.

    H G Wells, The New Machiavelli (1911)

  • In an instant the Blue Knight topples from his horse to a clatter of armor, leaving one iron-blue boot in the stirrup as the frightened animal gallops off dustily, pursued by the marshal on horseback and by grooms on foot.


  • The young man stood outside the fence for a few moments while moths attacked the streetlight dustily, leaving him in a dim spotlight of swirling shadows.

    'Once a Runner'

  • She hoped that her makeup was properly mixed in, that no clump of powder had gathered dustily upon her chin or cheek.

    Excerpt: The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud

  • It is cratered with deep and unbleeding gun-shot wounds and when a victim stabs at it with a spear the weapon bursts dustily and unhindered through the torso and out the back.

    One hears about these things happening...

  • We had sealed up several packets; and were still going on dustily and quietly, when Mr. jorkins said to us, applying exactly the same words to his late partner as his late partner had applied to him:

    David Copperfield

  • From his oval universe of dark walnut stared the sad eyes of his great-uncle Neal, the eternal doughboy, lost in the mud of the Great War and—like a hundred thousand others—forever eighteen up there in his lumpy brown uniform, dustily observing the days and ways of the cascading generations.

    Again to Carthage

  • Beyond him Neagley was thumping dustily to earth with slow-motion precision.

    Bad Luck and Trouble


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