absent-minded


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so lost in thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings

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It is my experience that it is only an amiable man in this world who receives testimonials, only an unambitious one who abandons a London career for the country, and only an absent-minded one who leaves his stick and not his visiting-card after waiting an hour in your room.
It was evident that Fleur-de-Lys saw much more clearly than her mother through the captain's cold and absent-minded manner.
You have a good deal to make you absent-minded," he replied.
Far from looking bored or absent-minded, her eyes were concentrated almost sternly upon the page, and from her breathing, which was slow but repressed, it could be seen that her whole body was constrained by the working of her mind.
Books--books--books," said Helen, in her absent-minded way.
Garth, seeing that her absent-minded husband was putting on again the hat which he had just taken off.
He was absent-minded, but he stopped to pat a little dog whose attentions he usually ignored, and he picked a creamy-white rose as he crossed the lawn and wondered why it should remind him of her.
Absent-minded moments were many that week, when, sitting in his office chair, in fancy he was astride the wonderful chestnut sorrel and trying to prevent an anticipated whirl.
Why, sir," Daughtry concluded the performance, "if I was to order four glasses of beer in a public-house ashore, an' if I was absent-minded an' didn't notice the waiter 'd only brought three, Killeny Boy there 'd raise a row instanter.
He was rough, absent-minded, careless, and awkward, rather priggish, and not at all agreeable to a dainty, beauty-loving girl like Rose.
I'll try to remember that," said the Tiger; "but I'm a little absent-minded, at times.
Sometimes, after coming home thus late in a dark and muggy night, when my feet felt the path which my eyes could not see, dreaming and absent-minded all the way, until I was aroused by having to raise my hand to lift the latch, I have not been able to recall a single step of my walk, and I have thought that perhaps my body would find its way home if its master should forsake it, as the hand finds its way to the mouth without assistance.
Pitcher seized a moment to remark to the bookkeeper that the "old man" seemed to get more absent-minded and forgetful every day of the world.
Otherwise I get the feeling of being an absent-minded professor alone in his laboratory all day
My brother-in-law was surprised to find, Another man's sock of the same nice kind, Both gifts from mum in an absent-minded way, Became the family joke for many a day.