desultory manner

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  • His education was received in a very desultory manner. Cited from George Eliot: A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings & Philosophy, Cooke
  • I discover I am treating my subject in a very desultory manner. Cited from The Continental Monthly, Vol. I, Jun, 1862, Number VI, by Various
  • The war continued in a languid and desultory manner in different parts of the country. Cited from Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1580-82 by Motley
  • He had no settled plan of life, and though he read a great deal in a desultory manner, he read only as chance and inclination directed him. Cited from The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX, Ed. by Arthur Mee & J.A. Hammerton
  • The cruise continued a fortnight in this desultory manner, with the same want of success. Cited from The Lake Gun, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Before October, 1893, I had studied various subjects by myself in a more or less desultory manner. Cited from Story of My Life, by Helen Keller
  • Yet he read a great deal in a desultory manner, without any scheme of study, as chance threw books in his way, and inclination directed him through them. Cited from Life Of Johnson, V1, by Boswell, ed. Birkbeck Hill
  • And you will find I have a good deal of what you have, only mine in a perfectly desultory manner, as is necessary to an exile. Cited from Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson Vol 2
  • Tea was going on in a desultory manner. Cited from The Gem Collector, by P. G. Wodehouse
  • The artist, in a desultory manner, had imparted to Phoebe something of his history. Cited from House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He quit the subject abruptly, and talked in a desultory manner on irrelevant matters. Cited from The Hunters of the Hills, by Joseph Altsheler
  • He is warring, in some desultory manner, in China, and for aught I know he may be about to do it in Japan. Cited from Speeches on Public Policy, V1, by John Bright
  • Finally the sun forced the former to move; and he, too, proceeded in a desultory manner, entering the shade of a grove of old maples. Cited from The Three Black Pennys, by Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The brigands evidently thought the same, and those who could not reach the mountain path in time began a hasty retreat up the pass, firing in a desultory manner as they went. Cited from Princess Maritza, by Percy Brebner
  • He brought her to his castle at Bristol, where she remained two years, while the warfare was carried on in a desultory manner, chiefly by the siege of castles. Cited from Cameos from English History, by Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Evidently a performance had just taken place on the elevated platform beyond, for a few yokels seemed to be lingering in a desultory manner as if preparatory to going out. Cited from The Elusive Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy
  • While writing to you in this desultory manner, I shall seize the occasion to give the outline of a little occurrence of quite recent date, and which is, in some measure, of personal interest to myself. Cited from A Residence in France, by J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The nine-o'clock breakfast -- a meal that begun at nine and rarely ended till eleven -- was hurried over in the most uncomfortable and desultory manner on this eventful morning. Cited from The Lovels of Arden, by M. E. Braddon
  • Suddenly, while Gilbert Fenton was meditating in this idle desultory manner, the sleeper awakened, looked full at him, and called him by his name. Cited from Fenton's Quest, by M. E. Braddon
  • Mary played a good deal in her desultory manner, now that she had the drawing-room all to herself, and no fear of Lady Maulevrier's critical ear or Lesbia's superior smile. Cited from Phantom Fortune, A Novel, by M. E. Braddon
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