A thin man with a wisp of a goatee beard, he struggles with a stutter to explain what happened to him that day.
The colonel's son moved closer, and a wisp of brittle grass in her hands crackled in a double grasp.
"Sure I'm only rowling a wisp of straw on my leg," replied Hosey.
Not a wisp of straw had we to lie on, for it was so rainy we could not gather any.
Good Indian twisted a wisp of mane in his fingers, and frowned abstractedly.
It is only a wisp of melody, rarely rich and suggestive, heard a moment, then gone.
She withdrew her arm from his and struck him lightly with a wisp of hay.
As a wisp of fog shuts out a view, so the smoke of the grenade hid the group of Huns for a moment.
A wisp of her hair caressed his right ear, but somehow did not relax his temper.
The Protestants, who were the majority of the inhabitants, had abandoned it, leaving not a wisp of straw nor a cask of liquor.
c.1300, "handful or bundle of hay, grass, etc.," used for burning or cleaning or as a cushion; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, cognate with Norwegian and Swedish visp "wisp," of unknown origin; sometimes said to be connected with whisk or with Middle Low German and Middle Dutch wispel "a measure of grain." Meaning "thin, filmy portion" first attested 1836.
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