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  • n. Plural form of fondling.


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  • There was more to come, about various benign fondlings and heads being laid on pillows, but Boswell, who wrote it up over five pages of his journal, decided to leave it out of the biography.

    The Powers of Dr. Johnson

  • Over at Slate Dahlia Lithwick has been following this confused but uptight attorney general: In this case, he says he needs to be advised of every breast that's been fondled around the state because each such incident is a crime, yet the vast majority of such fondlings harm no one, as he is well aware.

    Easter Lemming Liberal News

  • Forty years on, it is harder to get redress for floggings than for sexual fondlings, and there is no shortage of lawyers actively soliciting custom from victims who might not otherwise have raked over the distant past.

    The God Delusion

  • Once I had grown accustomed to his fondlings we became close friends and allies, and the Father Guardian's attentions commensurately declined, though whether this was a consequence of my reformed behaviour or, as I now suspect, some pact between them, I neither knew nor cared.

    the mission song

  • We are now poor, my fondlings, and wisdom bids us conform to our humble situation.

    The Vicar of Wakefield

  • Husky compliments were sure to be followed by fondlings and gropings.

    The Berrybender Narratives

  • During those times, whenever he had a chance, he had culminated victories over her in their "fighting exercises" with fondlings, gropings, and eventually much worse indignities, things he'd told her were his right by conquest.

    Acorna's Rebels

  • In the midst of all these exclamations, embraces, fondlings, and kisses, it may easily be imagined that I stood staring about me with wide eyes and mouth, and half-drained tumbler in hand, like one in a dream.

    Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver

  • Presently the sleeper awoke, and they dressed, Minette again insisting on various squeezings and fondlings, which now produced on Ethel a most strange effect, perfectly incomprehensible to her, whilst Minette seemed also intensely excited.

    The Power of Mesmerism A Highly Erotic Narrative of Voluptuous Facts and Fancies

  • Anxiety or loyalty -- that stanchness of heart which braved even the ironical eyes of the black-robed master of medicine -- drove her again to the ailing jester's tent, and, remembering how she had ridden into camp -- and into the august emperor's favor -- these fondlings of fortune looked significantly from one to the other.

    Under the Rose


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