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half-threatening

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  • In legend, Astarte's girdle made her an irresistible force and Rossetti has conveyed this by cramming the picture space so that it seems as if Astarte might stride out of the painting and confront you, half-threatening, half-alluring.

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  • In legend, Astarte's girdle made her an irresistible force and Rossetti has conveyed this by cramming the picture space so that it seems as if Astarte might stride out of the painting and confront you, half-threatening, half-alluring.

    Heteronormative phallocentric piffle

  • Redburr drew his arm back, half-threatening to strike the other man.

    Reiffeins Choice

  • The future hovered as a perpetual mirage in all his introspections, sometimes with tints of dawn, at other times half-threatening.

    Balzac

  • Her momentary expression of outrage faded as she leaned forward to study his face, and she relaxed her first half-threatening grip on her whip.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

  • The future hovered as a perpetual mirage in all his introspections, sometimes with tints of dawn, at other times half-threatening.

    Balzac

  • You are rambling on the mountain, accompanied by your dog, when you are startled by that wild, half-threatening squall, and in a moment perceive your dog, with inverted tail and shame and confusion in his looks, sneaking toward you, the old fox but a few rods in his rear.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866

  • Both its ears were laid back, and there was a half-threatening air about its movements.

    The Wind Before the Dawn

  • When he was not, he had a patronizing, half-threatening way of speaking to her, as if he knew something ugly about her, as Marcia had insinuated, that made me boil.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery

  • The Government was broadcasting half-soothing, half-threatening messages, asking everyone to go home and saying that after a certain hour anyone found carrying arms would be arrested.

    Homage to Catalonia

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