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  • adv. In a spiky way.


spiky +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


  • Under-25s, take advantage now of easily manageable facial hair, because post-35 it will take a venomous turn and begin growing spikily from the lip region downwards, complementing your ever-accentuating neck wattle.

    Slap shtick: How not to put on make-up

  • Instead Cavendish is an eminently quotable champion, spikily eloquent, staunchly nonconformist and possessed of a former glamour model girlfriend.

    Mark Cavendish a fitting winner of BBC Sports Personality of Year

  • In an interview with Alan Carr on Friday on Channel 4, Alan Titchmarsh's pre-tea ITV chatshow – and its audience – came up, prompting Ross to spikily comment that among his future viewers "I'm going to have, hopefully, some people going through the menopause but not exclusively".

    Media Monkey's Diary

  • Justine Jordan on Burley Cross Postbox Theft by Nicola Barker available on Barker's sheer energy is irresistible, while the intelligence that drives this small comic universe is both spikily awkward and sweetly benign.

    Old Media Monday: Reviewing the Reviewers

  • Briny seas: In "The Piano" Campion reveals a romanticism that was not evident in the spikily oddball "Sweetie" or in her wonderful three-hour film about the New Zealand writer Janet Frame "An Angel at My Table."

    Passion For 'Piano'

  • The music is engrossing and attentive to the story, spikily modern in a way that almost seems old-fashioned now.

    Add 'em up, Bobby

  • These days you can't move for spikily angular bands with asymmetrical haircuts and skinny suits, can you?

    Watch The Sunshine Underground Commercial Breakdown Video

  • Oh, beloved, familiar silhouette, even to the cowlick standing spikily up.

    Working Murder

  • The late roses in the garden loomed spikily on overgrown stems, half their leaves shed, ghostly floating pallors in the dimness.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • "Lady Instock was telling me only this morning that you could steal anything from her," she added spikily.

    The Saint on Guard


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