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(well thumbed when postpositive) (of a copy of a book) having the pages marked from frequent turning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • The cavalcade stops, and riding up to the carriage he shoves a well-thumbed envelope into our hands.

  • Gaspare ran for the candles while Salvatore got the cards, well-thumbed and dirty.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • But he pushed the mass of yellow papers aside to resume his examination of a well-thumbed folder marked: "Production Schedule."

  • It opened at a well-thumbed spot and she tore a leaf from the binding.

    The Bail Jumper Robert J. C. Stead
  • Rag and Tatters, and copybook wisdom, well-thumbed and learnt, and then retailed as the original article.

    Heriot's Choice Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Sometimes in winter when he did not have to go to sea he read one of the well-thumbed volumes by the aid of a tallow dip.

    The First Capture Harry Castlemon
  • Hark back to your well-thumbed Lavengro and you will find, if you do not remember, his reasons.

    Tommy Wideawake H. H. Bashford
  • He produced a well-thumbed volume from his pocket, and, opening it, laid it upon his knee.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum

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