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Taciturnity

Barkis
warmhearted but taciturn husband of Peggoty. [Br. Lit: David Copperfield]
Bartleby the Scrivener “I
prefer not to” was his constant refrain and all he ever said. [Am. Lit.: “Bartleby the Scrivener”]
Bert and I
taciturn “down-Easterners.” [Am. Culture: Misc.]
Coolidge, Calvin
(1872–1933) 30th U.S. president; nicknamed “Silent Cal.” [Am. Hist.: Frank, 99]
Laconian
inhabitant of ancient country of Laconia; people noted for pauciloquy. [Gr. Hist.: NCE, 1514]
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snarling snowmen, the disembodied voice of Sir Gandalf McKellen, a terrific taciturn performance by scowling Richard E Grant.
The authors also argue that the usual portrayal of Eastlake as a taciturn administrator is only part of the picture and that behind that reserve there was passion enough to turn him from a painter into an excellent administrator and builder.
Kenny Dalglish is taciturn and sneeringly condescending as was Gordon Strachan, with Fergie and Pulis excellent in victory but prone to referee admonishment in defeat.
While the dogs carry on long discussions (males trying to figure out the females, females obsessing over their roles on the team, all wondering what gives life meaning), the two humans--the dogs' grimly taciturn male owner and his female partner--barely converse.
Nathan and Andy keep a tight rein on Lola, and disapprove of her boyfriend, a taciturn, tattooed musician, but allow her to go out with him as long as she rings in hourly.
Also on the Leap Into Hope programme, organised by Merseyside Dance Initiative, is a double bill by four-female company Taciturn.
A taciturn nature was born of a strange shyness and scepticism towards people in general, Tiger's refusal to sign autographs an unforgivable product of his guarded approach to everything but the next tee shot.
The hospital calls his only relative, his estranged and taciturn ex-Army grandfather, who brings along his cranky old dog, Max.
The young Sherlock is forced to spend a potentially boring and tedious summer holidays in Farnham with his ageing and taciturn uncle.
Let's admire the blank you have created, the sea of silence that surrounds you, the taciturn mountain you climb daily.
THE investment by Racing For Change in coaching jockeys, trainers and others in media relations and public relations skills seems to have had some effect, although the changes in some cases from taciturn unhelpfulness have bordered on the corny with over-the-top forced sincerit.
The book is enlivened by the extensive collection of photographs, letters, and contemporary documents that accompany the text, helping to give readers a personal glimpse of a man who was known for being taciturn, if not outright stand-offish.