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  • adverb With sputtering noises.


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sputtering +‎ -ly


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  • It was, to my slippery and wayward mind, one of the wonkiest, wobbliest, most sputteringly interesting years in ages, full of sound and fury and shrill, insufferable conservatism signifying nothing, but in a way that makes it seem like, you know, everything.

    Mark Morford: The Great Impending OMG of 2011 Mark Morford 2011

  • Does the knowledge that other people are also sputteringly hostile toward anyone who speaks heresy about the sacredness of diversity lower the chances that you might ever speak up and utter heresy in public?

    Matthew Yglesias » Were Mistakes Made? 2008

  • Incredible, utterly, sputteringly incredible. sit; stand; jump; d. l.

    oatcake Diary Entry oatcake 2003

  • Laura had, in fact, been sputteringly furious at the idea of Eugenia refusing to let him keep the dog.

    Dreaming of the Bones Deborah Crombie 1997

  • The eyes of Telenews 'ace reporter and the telephoto lens of his cameraman stared down from a scooter at the furiously smoking, sputteringly incandescent surface of Triplanetary's ancient citadel; while upon dozens of worlds thousands of millions of people packed themselves tighter and tighter around tens of millions of visiplates and loudspeakers in order to see and to hear the tremendous news.

    First Lensman Smith, E. E. 1950

  • Only when the two women were helped sputteringly aboard did he interfere.

    Further Adventures of Lad Albert Payson Terhune 1907

  • He tumbled backward with a roar, which, however, was not at all hilarious, and began to dig sputteringly at his tongue and lips, which were liberally coated with cat hair.

    Frank Merriwell's Reward Burt L. Standish 1905

  • The ladies both broke in at this, rather sputteringly, but Cousin

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson 1903

  • As the men obeyed the command to cease firing one would again have been reminded of exploding packs of fire crackers, for the fire died down sputteringly, with here and there another report or two from soldiers who felt that they had a fine bead drawn and ached to "get" another enemy or two.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines or, Following the Flag against the Moros 1895

  • He coughed, sneezed, and barked simultaneously -- bleated in one breath, and cackled in the next -- sputteringly shrieked, and chatteringly squealed, with a bass of suffocated roars.

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8 Epigrams, On With the Dance, Negligible Tales Ambrose Bierce 1878


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