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  • adv. In a fussy manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a fussy manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a fussy or bustling manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a fussy manner


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  • The doctor, having felt in the ice-chest and found that the ice was all melted to tepid water, opened a bottle of beer and called fussily to the servants to set some more bottles swinging in a cradle of wet straw.

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  • Interpreting this phrase fussily, a little used car is a small second-hand car, but most readers would infer that the car hasn’t been used much.

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  • Mick Lowe had turned his head too sharply toward the sudden commotion and strained a muscle in his neck, which he fussily rubbed and stretched for the rest of the evening.

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  • Any harm to the "ordinary investor" would seem rather fussily abstract, even nonexistent, compared to the concrete and smelly wrongs exposed in the courtroom.

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  • Locals, cross-town, out of town; I'm willing to be open-minded but intend that the conclusions come from my being my most fussily discriminating.


  • I don't know anyone who isn't rooting for Parsons to finally take it for his genius work as the fussily neurotic Sheldon.

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  • Antonin Tarka fussily tried to shoo both of them away, but they took no notice.

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  • “What does a German butler do?” she asked as he led her down a long, fussily decorated hall.

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  • “Oh, I must see you properly on your way,” Miss Marchmont retorted fussily.

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  • As unimaginably terrible (or worse: terribly imaginable) as the personal side of this story is, I'm also already mourning the words (many, many words, always tumbling on that edge between fussily exact and colloquially sloppy) that he won't write now and that we won't read.

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