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  • v. Present participle of expectorate.


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  • Confidentially, there ain't anything within expectorating distance just now that ain't pretty well het up.

    The Window at the White Cat

  • 'The once neat court-house stands by the roadside a monument to treason and rebellion, deprived of its white picket fence, stripped of window blinds, cases, and dome, walls defaced by various hieroglyphics, the judge's bench a target for the' expectorating '

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 6, December 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • If you can corner a budget hawk and query him about the 12 Trill, he will spend a few moments shuffling his feet, then take a couple of tugs at his lapels, then allow his eyes to dart off into the ether like he's trying to follow the flight path of a rabid moth, before trying to answer, by expectorating enough Pshaws to put out a good sized house fire.

    Sam Isaac Edwards: PIS_ AND VINEGAR

  • The casual cuts to players on the bench inevitably show laughing, chatting, scratching and expectorating.

    An Insider's Guide to the Dugout

  • Global warming will change the world, but global warming is the result not of the efforts of a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens but of a large group—the population of the Western world—of rather sloppy citizens, mindlessly swilling fossil fuels and expectorating debris into the atmosphere.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • The effect is of privacy in public, a sheathing of the self, which makes the gym less a forum for breezy civic congregation than a hive of composite privacies, whose symbol might be the headphones that insulate against the gurning, expectorating, and muscular strife all about.


  • Journalists usually prefer imbibing to expectorating, but they seldom turn down free swag.

    The $1,000 Genome

  • His half brother Louis had a baby, and now his younger sister Else was also pregnant—“expectorating,” as he jokingly called it.


  • I was in the act of touching my hat to them when the Pathan started expectorating.


  • He came out, yawning and expectorating, and who should it be but my old acquaintance who spat on shadows.



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