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like the Sphinx; enigmatic or inscrutable
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  • Katherine for once took up the gauntlet, while one of her sphinxlike smiles hovered about her mouth.

  • Think well of yourself, my friend, think well of your sphinxlike eyes.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • But I really came to ask you to do something for me, Miss Roscoe, she smiled at the sphinxlike figure.

  • They all looked eagerly at the criminologist on his return, but his face was sphinxlike.

    The Black Box E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Slowly the Ohio receded from him, somber, implacable, sphinxlike.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • His manner was sphinxlike again, and the Englishman eyed him curiously, feeling a strong desire to kick him in the shins.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • No wonder he “crouches in sphinxlike silence 199 on the curbstone.”

  • Her husband sat unbendingly silent, in a sphinxlike attitude that gave no outward indication of his mental uneasiness.

  • The granite rests in unalterable calm, sphinxlike, on the edge of the watery desert.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • For one moment he looked up and met her eyes, and she allowed hers to show that sphinxlike smile before she lowered the lids.

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