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  • On August 19, the junta of grey-faced reactionaries struck.

    The Return

  • The grey-faced, pock-marked men with whom they shared their earnings looked like some monstrous breed of East Anglian rodent? sort of human coypus? that had crawled out from the Suffolk sewerage system.

    Five Daughters; Welcome to Lagos; Joanna Lumley's Nile

  • "Bring the knife back," I snarled, baring my fangs at him, and when he had scrambled up, grey-faced and terrified, and returned it, I touched the point on his chest and says: "Call Makarram Khan a pig just once more, ulla kabaja, * (* Son of an owl.) and I will carry thine eyes and genitals on this point as kebabs."


  • They sat in the centre of the stalls, in the same row as Jean Mounet-Sully, reckoned by Bernhardt to have been the best Hamlet of her time, alongside the composer Charles Gounod, and the grey-faced poet Maurice Rollinat.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • In the lower reaches of the river, red-crowned crane Grus japonensis (EN), hooded crane Grus monacha* (VU), oriental stork Ciconia boyciana (EN), black stork Ciconia nigra*, yellow-legged buttonquail Turnix tanki, Far Eastern curlew Numenius madagascariensis and grey-faced buzzard Butastur indicus* are present.

    Central Sikhote-Alin, Russian Federation

  • Seated beside Honour was her solicitor, a grey-faced man, with extremely bad halitosis.

    Deadly Intent

  • He approached the door, and as he did so a compactly built, grey-faced man in shirt sleeves appeared in it and scrutinised him and his cudgel.

    The War in the Air

  • “Hold him!” and the grey-faced creature appeared behind me and jammed his huge bulk into the cleft.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • The most unlucky were stumbling grey-faced to hard labour in the mines, to do appalling, filthy work that would slowly kill them.

    See Delphi and Die

  • Uncle Fred, a stingy and grey-faced man of forty, who just lived dingily for himself, went into town every day.

    The Virgin and the Gypsy


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