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Still the breeze delayed, and the fragrant odors of the woods were cloying.

So feeble and cloying is the venereal indulgence, if Love inspires it not.

The deliberate pathos, the cloying charm, did not seem to exist for Louise.

But there need be no fear of massed color in a field, as being ever gaudy or cloying.

It was of a full and penetrating sweetness, too keen and delicate to be cloying.

He shook his head violently—as though to be rid of some clinging, cloying thing.

"There are few things so cloying as perfection," says Ronayne, loyally.

And as they turned they fell silent—the cloying, choking silence of the tomb.

They are both a cloying treacle to the wings of Independence.

It was a sweetness that would have been cloying had the air been heavy and humid.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, present participle adjective from cloy (v.). Related: Cloyingly; cloyingness.

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