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  • adv. In a nervy way.

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  • adv. in a brash cheeky manner


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nervy +‎ -ly


  • A tiny launch, pulling heroically at a huge tow-barge, attempted to pass between; but the boatman shot nervily across her bow, and just as he was clear, unfortunately, caught a crab.


  • They turned off a humming fridge in the corner of the room, and readied things, whilst I made a few nervily comical smalltalky comments about this-and-that.

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  • In the long run, small comes knocking with finger-in-air offers like the Midwest publisher who nervily said "Here's five grand" advance for a book about the porn industry's history of influencing business decisions thru history ...

    Richard Laermer: Why Book Publishing Is Dead (Part One)

  • Indeed, Chase nervily inserted his David Lynch moment early in the pilot script: Standing behind his home, Tony is beguiled by some ducks that have landed in his swimming pool.

    An American Family

  • By the time Mary came in to him, he was nervily a-shake.

    The Way Home

  • "Is there only one -- bedroom?"'she asked nervily, and he raised his eyebrows and looked down at her in the slightly amused yet domineering way she was getting used to.

    Barefoot Bride

  • He spun round nervily to find himself confronted by a venerable and wicked-looking jackdaw, who balanced himself sedately on the high back of a chair and regarded the visitor, his head cocked on one side.

    Mystery Mile

  • “Gently does it — gently,” Mr Knapp whispered as the two amateurs climbed somewhat nervily over it.

    Mystery Mile

  • Chauvelin felt as if he were choking; his slender fingers worked nervily around his cravat; beads of perspiration trickled unheeded down his pallid forehead.

    The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

  • She threw down her modelling tools with a fretful gesture and then nervily began to destroy her morning's work, patting the clay aimlessly here and there until once more it became a shapeless mass.

    "Unto Caesar"


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