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  • Upon his arrival, he was greeted by parading troops and a twenty-one-gun salute; and in a demonstration of affection that astonished onlookers, he was embraced by Lafayette, who “caught the General round his body, hugged him as close as it was possible, and absolutely kissed him from ear to ear once or twice . . . with as much ardor as ever an absent lover kissed his mistress on his return.”

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • Gideon recalled how dispassionately the Tar Man had turned and slit the wretch’s throat from ear to ear before walking away, brushing down his jacket as he did so, even remembering to toss a coin to the landlord in payment for his ale.

    THE TIME QUAKE

  • Pelagia had beheld Corelli and the exhibitionist horse, and she had smiled and clapped spontaneously whilst Corelli's face had split from ear to ear in an enormous grin like that of a little boy who has at last been given a football after years of whining and begging.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • His conclusions about the colored man are identical with the impressions that will be received and carried abroad by foreigners from all parts of the globe, who shall attend our Columbian Exposition for instance, and who, through the impartiality and generosity of our white countrymen, will see colored persons only as boot-blacks and hotel waiters, grinning from ear to ear and bowing and courtesying for the extra tips.

    A Voice From the South

  • Kelp demanded, grinning from ear to ear as he and Dortmunder and Tom Jimson walked east on West Forty-fifth Street, away from Wally Knurr’s decrepit apartment building — loft building, really, semiconverted to human use — half a block from the river.

    Drowned Hopes

  • As if slicing her from ear to ear wouldn't have done the trick, there was anothej - deep cut beginning below the breast and running in a vertical line to the pubic bone.

    the dirty duck

  • He also observed that Spiro was always having his picture taken with his arms across the shoulders of girls with shining noses, sometimes two or four of them at a time, and that on these occasions his grin spread from ear to ear as his face radiated pride and happiness.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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