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  • So, no, few parents would refer themselves as victims in any amount of seriousness don't get me started on the question of whether I would only be half-jesting on the many occassions that I DO describe myself as a victim - but 'victims' are not the only ones whose lives are altered by profound experiences.

    Our Motherhood, Our Selves

  • Some half-jesting conversation had seemingly been passing between the poet and the saint; for as they came in she said with a smile (which was somewhat of a forced one) — “Well, my dear sons, you are sure of immortality, at least on earth; for Mr. Spenser has been vowing to me to give your adventure a whole canto to itself in his ‘Faerie Queene’.”

    Westward Ho!

  • You will often read and hear half-jesting advice to the effect that you should spend your housecleaning time on only those areas of your home that people are going to see when they come to visit.


  • When she revealed this, Letterman didn't quite believe it, but then said half-jesting something like: "If that's true, that's the biggest mistake I made in my entire life."

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • There was not the least need for the half-jesting tone in which Maurice clothed his air of authority.

    Maurice Guest

  • Despite his only half-jesting remark to Kingsley, Morgan knew that it was far too early to start relaxing.

    The Fountains of Paradise

  • Many of his friends regretted his stand in advising scientists to refuse to testify before congressional committees, and his half-jesting and misunderstood comment that, the way scientists are treated today, if he had had it to do all over he might well have become a plumber.

    Albert Einstein: Appraisal of an Intellect

  • As we have said, this strain of half-jesting compliment was not unfamiliar to Margaret; but she could hardly remain unconscious of the fact that a deeper note had crept into his voice during the last few words, and that his eyes glowed with a fire more ardent than she usually saw.

    A True Friend A Novel

  • Here, the first care of the white men was to wash off the paint from their persons, not without a half-jesting objection from the Sagamore.

    The Knight of the Golden Melice A Historical Romance

  • He said this with a smile and a chuckle, hoping to win his friend to the half-earnest, half-jesting talk with which they sometimes tried to lighten the heavy burdens that both were constantly bearing.

    Round Anvil Rock A Romance


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