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  • adv. In an empty manner


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  • Wind Cat was cursing, striking emptily at the air around him.

    Fire The Sky

  • On this night, close-hauled, her big mainsail preposterously flattened down, her luffs pulsing emptily on the lift of each smooth swell, she was sliding an easy four knots through the water on the veriest whisper of a breeze.


  • If Obama talks about it too — and lays out a concrete deficit-reduction plan — Republican legislators are going to look like emptily-posturing obstacles.

    Matthew Yglesias » Obama’s Budget

  • Been around too long, worn out by history, too full of content, emptily replete—you've told me.

    'The Last Werewolf'

  • These, you'll say, were not the calculations of a being worn out by history, too full of content, emptily replete.

    'The Last Werewolf'

  • The sails bellied emptily overhead, and Captain Warfield grunted his disgust.


  • Had there been a steady breeze it would not have been so bad, but the Ghost was rolling emptily in a long sea, and with each roll the canvas flapped and boomed and the halyards slacked and jerked taut.

    Chapter 6

  • The door swung emptily back and forth to the rolling of the Elsinore, and no man knew but what, just inside, with that heavy, hacking knife upraised, lurked the steward.


  • She appealed to Mr. Pike, who, leaning near, on the poop-rail, was divided between gazing sourly at Nancy pottering on the main deck and sourly at Possum, who, on the bridge, crouched with terror each time the crojack flapped emptily above him.


  • James (Ralph Richardson), once a fine Shakespearean actor, has emptily played the same offstage role for years, while eldest son Jamie (Jason Robards), a failure on the boards, drowns his sorrows in alcohol.

    John Farr: Sidney Lumet: First Among Directors


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