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  • Misled, perhaps, by the ribbon at the buttonhole, and by an expression of reserve, almost of secretiveness, in the lines of the tight-shut mouth, one would rather have supposed one's self face to face with an eminent statesman or diplomatist.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Misled, perhaps, by the ribbon at the buttonhole, and by an expression of reserve, almost of secretiveness, in the lines of the tight-shut mouth, one would rather have supposed one's self face to face with an eminent statesman or diplomatist.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Elizabeth pressed the lids to her tight-shut eyes.

    The Art Thief

  • Snowdrops with tight-shut buds were hanging very still under the bare currant bushes.

    The Prussian Officer and Other Stories

  • When I left Darrowby the streets of the little town were empty in the gathering dusk and the houses had that tight-shut, comfortable look which raised images of armchairs and pipes and firesides, and now as I saw the lights of the farms winking on the fellsides I could picture the stocksmen dozing contentedly with their feet up.

    Favourite Dog Stories

  • Gloha squeezed her expressive little eyes tight-shut closed.

    Harpy Thyme

  • I drove through the tight-shut, sleeping little town, then onto the narrow road winding between its walls till the trees dwindled and disappeared, leaving the wide, windswept fells, bare and unwelcoming.

    Every living thing

  • Roger opened his tight-shut mouth to say in a doubtful growl: "He'll not be travelling alone."

    A Rare Benedictine

  • The small, contorted face, all wailing mouth and tight-shut eyes screwed up with annoyance, was round and clear-skinned, though red now with exertion and anger.

    The Raven In The Foregate

  • His eyes were tight-shut against the deluge of the rain, he opened them only by burdened glimpses, peering through the downpour.

    An Excellent Mystery

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