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  • adv. In a thudding way; making a thudding sound.
  • adv. In a dull, predictable manner.


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  • Instead, the final five minutes suggests the kind of thuddingly literal conclusion demanded by an unsatisfied test audience (probably the same people who can't grasp the resounding spiritual closure of No Country for Old Men), providing literal finality at the expense of thematic and character consistency, a broad stroke of nihilism with little purpose other than providing a final blow of suckitude (see Ryland Walker Knight's great piece at The House for his thoughts, which align with mine but are stronger in terms of the picture's scope).

    The Mist (2007): B

  • Worst of all, Hugo's nemesis, a supposedly comical cop played by Sacha Baron Cohen, is hardly more expressive than Hugo, and thuddingly unfunny.

    'Hugo': A Dazzler, but No Victor

  • Soundgarden was a weighty band, with a double guitar, growling vocals and a thuddingly slow bass and drums.

    The Seattle Sound

  • As the night's fizzy, dizzy dessert, Cougar Town rarely fails to beguile, and if this week's episode makes us cringe with the thuddingly obvious soft drink product placement, we get compensating pleasures.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • It's deferential, thuddingly elaborate eating that has, at least in this country, died.

    How the Roux family educated the British palate

  • She invites him to live with her while she, we and the thuddingly obvious script struggle to find something funny in the situation, a struggle not aided by any of the show's outclassed male stars.

    Beyond the top 10: The other premieres

  • Sandra, who tried to clue them into their danger, or Jerri, who is pretty harmless at this point, having played a thuddingly mediocre game so far.

    Survivor: Heroes vs Villains : Banana Wars.

  • Critics are loath to admit it, but every once in a while we come across an album of such thuddingly obvious quality that writing a straight-up review seems boring.

    Pop Goes the Art House

  • Adam Bonin thinks "The Wrestler" is "a thuddingly obvious melodrama," but he's recommending it anyway.

    "So lower your expectations, and enjoy the Rourke."

  • Mine was the only valentine they were certain of, and I'd thuddingly let them down.

    Earl Pomerantz: My First Valentine's Day


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  • "And so, the politicians themselves became thuddingly pragmatic. They became followers, not leaders — the most slavish, craven sort of followers, trailing desperately after the whims and wisps of public opinion..." Joe Klein, The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton, p. 211.

    February 27, 2011