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"Oh, I'll apologize," he said with a wry smile of discomfiture.

"She is very like a boiled sole," answered the Vicomte, with a wry face.

Once he raised his head for a moment, while his lips were fixed in a wry smile.

"I've had vague promises from Wilcox," Sira said, with a wry smile.

Wilding looked at Trenchard, who shrugged his shoulders and made a wry face.

"If they've got chocolates in them," he replied with a wry grin, and she laughed.

"Ah, I know it well," said Dalton, with a wry contortion of the face.

At this announcement I saw the four girls pulling a wry face.

Zeb whistled, and then made a wry face on account of the pain in his leg.

"I guess it is not as well as I thought," admitted Armande with a wry smile.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, "distorted, somewhat twisted," from obsolete verb wry "to contort, to twist or turn," from Old English wrigian "to turn, bend, move, go," from Proto-Germanic *wrig- (cf. Old Frisian wrigia "to bend," Middle Low German wrich "turned, twisted"), from PIE *wreik- "to turn" (cf. Greek rhoikos "crooked," Lithuanian raisas "paralysed"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Of words, thoughts, etc., from 1590s. The original sense is preserved in awry.

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