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  • What confirmed me in this, was, that the younger lady was a good deal more free when her sister was withdrawn, than when she was present; and again pursed-up her really pretty mouth when she re-turned: and her sister addressed her always by the word child, with an air of eldership; while the other called her sister, with a look of observance.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Don't imagine the puff-cheeks and pursed-up lips of a man whistling.

    Orphans of Chaos

  • Maids bothered Kitty with their demure politeness; with their inscrutable, pursed-up faces.

    The Years

  • No connection between Mary and the pursed-up mouth, the downcast, unroving, unintelligent eye, the hands primly folded at the waist, the short, sedate steps, of the professing English lady.

    The Way Home

  • I observed that the pretty servant girl — who was all smiles and amiability, when I wished her good morning on my way out — received a modest little message from Ezra Jennings, relating to the time at which he might be expected to return, with pursed-up lips, and with eyes which ostentatiously looked anywhere rather than look in his face.

    The Moonstone

  • She carefully sponged her cheeks, her pursed-up mouth, and her neck, soaping her hair, but not her ears.

    The Trespasser

  • I had heard hundreds of such little minced, docked, dry phrases, from the pursed-up coral lips of a score of self-possessed, self-sufficing misses and mesdemoiselles.


  • "What is your name, my dear?" came from between the pursed-up lips.

    The Evolution of Dodd

  • Around her pursed-up mouth lurked the knowledge of the number of available slices in a sirloin, -- the judgment of the lump of butter that should leave no margin for prodigality.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 19, May, 1859

  • A severely critical expression sat singularly ill upon his broad face, which was like a baked apple, puffy, and wrinkled, and red, and there was about him a queerly pursed-up air of settled opposition to everything which did duty for both the real and spurious object of his attention.

    The Heavenly Twins


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