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  • Eventually a pair of scales is brought in, and verses alternately spouted by the two candidates are weighed against each other, the mighty lines of the Father of Tragedy making his flippant, finickin little rival's scale kick the beam every time.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 2

  • Leaning over the handle of his cane, he wheezed out, to Mrs. Small's terror: "And I'm not altogether surprised, with a finickin 'feller like young Soames for a husband!"

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • When _accidie_ fell upon Chris it seemed as if this particular house was entirely ruined by such incidents; the Prior was finickin, the junior-master tyrannical, the paints for illumination inferior in quality, the straw of his bed peculiarly sharp, the chapter-house unnecessarily draughty.

    The King's Achievement

  • All the gals about town was there, and all the handsome widows and married women, finickin 'about trying to look like gals, tied as tight in the middle, and puffed out at both ends, like bundles of fodder that had n't been stacked yet, but wanted stackin' pretty bad.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Abraham Lincoln Writings

  • The crowd round him all haw-hawed immensely at this, and said he was a prime case, which relieved my momentary horror at his question, and the auctioneer said he didn't give a damn, anyhow, and where the hell was Eli Bowles's nigger's papers, because he hadn't got them, and they'd drive a man out of his mind in this country, what with their finickin 'regulations, and would they get the hell out of his way so he could start the sale?

    Flash For Freedom

  • Leaning over the handle of his cane, he wheezed out, to Mrs. Small’s terror: “And I’m not altogether surprised, with a finickin’ feller like young Soames for a husband!”

    The Man of Property

  • "I didn't try to do anything fatal, but there wasn't time for finickin ', was there?

    The Game Of Empire

  • "She is a grand lass," he reflected, "and she's fair gone on me too; and what's more she's not so finickin 'as some lasses are.

    Tommy

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