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  • Mr. Kelley was best known for transforming everyday craft materials like buttons, beads, coloring books and afghan blankets into haunting, half-playful artworks that addressed issues of childhood, memory and social dysfunction.

    L.A. Artist Transformed Everyday Craft Materials Into Art

  • There was that tone, the half-playful, half-concerned voice of a mother knowing her son was old enough to be fooling around with girls.

    30 Days Of Night

  • They spent all their time in playing gently, in bathing in the river, in making love in a half-playful fashion, in eating fruit and sleeping.

    The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells

  • Such is the speech, Phaedrus, half-playful, yet having a certain measure of seriousness, which, according to my ability, I dedicate to the god.

    thispain Diary Entry

  • Such is the speech, Phaedrus, half-playful, yet having a certain measure of seriousness, which, according to my ability, I dedicate to the god.

    The Symposium

  • If ever she delayed compliance, it was only to hear them repeated, and to enjoy her child's soft, half-playful, half-petulant urgency.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • I was irritated by her evasiveness, and I made a grab, half-playful, half-annoyed, at the turban.

    The White Mountains

  • I was irritated by her evasiveness, and I made a grab, half-playful, half-annoyed, at the turban.

    The White Mountains

  • Observing that I am still standing near the door, he makes a half-serious, half-playful motion with his hand, and points to a chair.

    Hunger

  • It was an old game; the two of them had been trading insults and half-playful punches ever since they'd become partners.

    Phule me twice

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