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(well thumbed when postpositive) (of a copy of a book) having the pages marked from frequent turning
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  • Stella was there now, with a well-thumbed copy of “Pride and Prejudice” in her hand.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Gaspare ran for the candles while Salvatore got the cards, well-thumbed and dirty.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Walter Scott is there, and rows of well-thumbed volumes of Henty.

    The Quiver 3/1900 Anonymous
  • Hark back to your well-thumbed Lavengro and you will find, if you do not remember, his reasons.

    Tommy Wideawake H. H. Bashford
  • It opened at a well-thumbed spot and she tore a leaf from the binding.

    The Bail Jumper Robert J. C. Stead
  • For "fireside games" the various inventions played with the well-thumbed pack of cards were greatly in favor.

    Campfire and Battlefield

    Rossiter Johnson
  • Sometimes in winter when he did not have to go to sea he read one of the well-thumbed volumes by the aid of a tallow dip.

    The First Capture Harry Castlemon
  • He produced a well-thumbed volume from his pocket, and, opening it, laid it upon his knee.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum

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