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  •   The prospect, for a half-fledged senator of 36, was incredible: his party was fairly begging him to run for Vice President.

    Teddy Kennedy’s Decision

  • A half-fledged nun arrives, and in a couple of weeks has grasped domestic details, of which the master diplomatist at the head of the house is quite ignorant.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • Dr Grantly had not cared to discuss the matter with the half-fledged monster-cub.

    Framley Parsonage

  • So had spoken to him a half-fledged but especially esoteric young monster-cub at the

    Framley Parsonage

  • I have the best hopes of you both, with your proud distinctions - a pair of half-fledged eaglets.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • She resembled, in her fierce pursuit of them, an infant pestilence — the scarlet fever, or some such half-fledged angel of judgment — whose mission was to punish the sins of the rising generation.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • It was composed of different branches of a numerous family connection, where there were the usual proportion of old uncles and aunts, comfortable married dames, superannuated spinsters, blooming country cousins, half-fledged striplings, and bright-eyed boarding-school hoydens.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • "Then why, " rumbled the infamous Skandranon, the Black Gryphon, 'don't you tell that overbearing half-fledged idiot that his orders are a pile of steaming mutes?

    The Black Gryphon

  • The angular half-fledged woman was giving way to the full-fledged graduate in law.

    Maigret in Holland

  • "They're always hatching half-fledged plans and discarding them."

    The Elvenbane

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