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- in a scattering manner, suggesting scattering.
- 1908, Alice MacGowan, Judith of the Cumberlands:
- She pushed cautiously down to the edge of the rocks where the bushes grew scatteringly, pretending to herself that she wanted a bit of wild geranium that flourished in a crevice far below the top.
- 1895, Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree), The Riddle Of The Rocks:
- The other men trooped along scatteringly, dodging under the low boughs of the stunted trees.
- (Can we date this quote?), Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories:
- 'My father went straight to the hiding-place in full sight of everybody, and got out the fish-hooks and brought them and flung them scatteringly over my head, so that they fell in glittering confusion on the platform at my lover's knee.