A thin man with a wisp of a goatee beard, he struggles with a stutter to explain what happened to him that day.
The colonel's son moved closer, and a wisp of brittle grass in her hands crackled in a double grasp.
Delancy tugged at his wisp of whisker, and wagged his head dolefully.
Not a wisp of straw had we to lie on, for it was so rainy we could not gather any.
Why, when we were retreating from Sventsyani we dare not touch a stick or a wisp of hay or anything.
It is only a wisp of melody, rarely rich and suggestive, heard a moment, then gone.
Ye're like the Kilbarchan calves—like best to drink wi' the wisp in your mou'.
As a wisp of fog shuts out a view, so the smoke of the grenade hid the group of Huns for a moment.
I will believe them when I see this diamond turn to a wisp of hay.
The Protestants, who were the majority of the inhabitants, had abandoned it, leaving not a wisp of straw nor a cask of liquor.
c.1300, "handful or bundle of hay, grass, etc.," used for burning or cleaning or as a cushion; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, cognate with Norwegian and Swedish visp "wisp," of unknown origin; sometimes said to be connected with whisk or with Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wispel "a measure of grain." Meaning "thin, filmy portion" first attested 1836.
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