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  • Up in the privacy of her fourth-floor office, Brogan leaned into her desk, blessed herself in an only half-ironic fashion, then picked up the phone, cursing Mulcahy and Cassidy.

    The Priest

  • She spends the weekend writing a story in longhand in a fat notebook, and she's the one who asks what is surely the author's half-ironic question: "What do we want our terrorists to be like?"

    A 'Weekend' to reflect on terrorism of the past

  • With those games, I tend to view the collapsed skyscrapers and burning cars as if I were a half-ironic, half-enthusiastic sightseer.

    Bleak Fallout 3 Dazzles With Great Depression

  • TRANSITIONArtist of Buttoned-Down Cool More than anyone except Duke Ellington -- who had a half-ironic attitude toward highbrowdom -- pianist and composer John Lewis, who died last week at 80, helped make jazz a capital-A Art. He wrote for and played on Miles Davis's buttoned-down "Birth of the Cool" sessions in 1949.

    Periscope

  • I may try to do one next on Tashlin's repeated use of sentimental lost-love sob stories, which occur in movie after movie and are always half-ironic, half-genuine.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • He turned on his bed-lamp light and made a thorough note of it ending with the half-ironic phrase:

    Tender is the Night

  • He had assumed a bantering air: a light, half-caressing, half-ironic, shone aslant in his eye.

    Villette

  • And her face screwed into a queer smile, half-ironic.

    The Fox

  • I heard him mutter some only half-ironic endearment.

    Two For The Lions

  • A cheer, half-ironic, half-enthusiastic, broke out from those in the crowd who understood English.

    The Mummy Case

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