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dead fingers

(functioning as sing) (med) a disease of users of pneumatic drills, characterized by anaesthesia of the fingertips and cyanosis
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  • She had dashed into some waterweeds, and their clammy stems clutched her like dead fingers.

  • But the instant he took her hand, her lips closed, and she shivered through her whole body as if dead fingers had touched her.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • Such are erythromelalgia, Raynaud's disease, "dead fingers," and intermittent claudication.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • With forced calmness, she broke the seal which the dead fingers had made so long ago, opened it shamelessly, and read it.

    Flower of the Dusk

    Myrtle Reed
  • And he stooped and wrenched from the dead fingers of a sergeant the sword which they clenched by the bloody hilt.

    Adela Cathcart, Vol. 2 George MacDonald
  • And also he saw, clutched in the stiff, dead fingers, the petition of his slaves who toiled in Hell's Bottom.

  • Elsie caught it up and kissed it, thinking of the touch of those dear dead fingers, that seemed to linger over it yet.

    Elsie's Womanhood Martha Finley
  • A low-bending, ice-covered branch whipped her face and she shrieked, fancying it the touch of dead fingers.

    The Girl in the Mirror

    Elizabeth Garver Jordan
  • Clutched in the dead fingers of his left hand was a yellow slip of paper.

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