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- In a bantering manner.
- 1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 269:
- 'What? Have you found your treasure-trove, Ursula?' he asked banteringly, but looking with envious interest at the instinctive maternity of her sheltering arms.
- 1954, Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenin, translated into English by Rosemary Edmonds:
- 'Now I shall have to dine by myself,' he continued, no longer banteringly.