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"I don't think that will bother you much now," she whispered, fleetingly.

Calliope looked at me fleetingly, as if she were measuring my ability to understand.

Valiant was the flier, but far mightier he who fleetingly pursued him.

He kissed her briefly, fleetingly, and returned to the paper.

Only fleetingly visible for a while, she finally seemed to have sunk into the earth.

She turned to him fleetingly a countenance of appeal and perplexity.

I had seen the old burgh once or twice before, fleetingly and with but a stranger's eyes; now it was my home.

Mike saw the figure—dimly, fleetingly, obscured most of the time by the driving whiteness.

A thought that had fleetingly occurred to Simon before now formed itself solidly in his mind.

She put her hand under his elbow and pressed his arm lightly, fleetingly, against her side.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "fickle, shifting, unstable," from Old English fleotende "floating, drifting," later "flying, moving swiftly," from present participle of fleotan (see fleet (v.)). Meaning "existing only briefly" is from 1560s.

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