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  • From time to time, as he spoke, we glimpsed the murky scraggle of his teeth.

    Excerpt: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

  • There, I had waitedwith a scraggle-bearded Frenchman in a claptrap ten-by-ten lobby.

    The Last Afghan: Dark Dog of Death

  • I estimated he was somewhere in his mid - to late 50s, though he looked older; faded and weathered as to life itself — a scraggle of thinning grey hair, wrinkled face deep as furrows, and a mouth that had long been bereft of serviceable teeth.

    A conversation with a ghost.

  • He saw the wheelchair beggars with their scraggle beards, they raced each other to a stopped car, bodied forth, hands screwing and cranking.


  • Some of his neck hairs scraggle up around the vee of the shirt.

    The Mother Garden

  • They had reached Blue Valley Road, which was nothing more than a couple of dirt ruts separated by a scraggle of weeds.

    The Year's Best Science Fiction 23rd Annual Collection

  • Then he stepped back and peered up at the ospreys, whose heads were barely visible over the scraggle of the nest.


  • A low-lying island topped by an anorexic scraggle of stunted pines guarded the entrance.


  • Beautiful out here; since Aruba, Bob had become something of a student of beauty, and he could tell that this scene, this northern spring scene here, with its outlined pine trees and big orange moon and scraggle-toothed mountains and the peaceful water, was beauty.

    Drowned Hopes

  • But there were some vacant lots, backed by a scraggle of rough, red rock, only half a dozen blocks away.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908.


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