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In general however, there has been a decided "unclenching" as delegates warmed to the (let's face it) sometime drudgery of maintaining XML document formats.
With long strides he began to move forward three fingered hands clenching and unclenching.
On divers occasions, now, I have come unexpectedly upon him and found him muttering to himself with grim set face, or clenching and unclenching his big square fists and grinding his teeth.
CHAPTER XLIII 2010
His big fists were clenching and unclenching, and his face was positively fiendish, so malignantly did he look at Johnson.
Chapter 12 2010
Ernest paused for a moment and regarded him thoughtfully, noting his face dark and twisted with anger, his panting chest, his writhing body, and his slim white hands nervously clenching and unclenching.
The Prince calmed his breathing, his gloved hand unclenching slowly.
The park admits the wind, the petals lift and scatter like versions of myself I was on the verge of becoming; and ten years on and ten blocks down I still can't tell whether this dispersal resembles a fist unclenching or waving goodbye.
The Life and Death and Art of Rachel Wetzsteon Con Chapman 2011
The manifestations of what remains unspoken between them – that Tine can only allow him to penetrate her from behind, "her arms stretched behind her, fists clenching and unclenching, one eye pressed into the bedclothes, the other open, staring at the window like a dead fish" – lead us to suspect sexual abuse in her past, though her distressed boyfriend can't yet see it.
The Shape of Her by Rowan Somerfield Francesca Segal 2010
This book grows more personal as it goes on, but not by unclenching its manner.
Maybe some quiet expelling of breath and unclenching of teeth, but nothing collapsed, nothing smashed.