Denham were perfunctory
to the verge of rudeness, and to Ralph, who watched her narrowly, she seemed further away than was compatible with her physical closeness.
He thought it odd, and with a little perfunctory
shiver, as if in deference to a seasonal presumption that the night was chill, he lay down again and went to sleep.
The furnished room received its latest guest with a first glow of pseudo-hospitality, a hectic, haggard, perfunctory
welcome like the specious smile of a demirep.
Mr Verloc extended as much recognition to Stevie as a man not particularly fond of animals may give to his wife's beloved cat; and this recognition, benevolent and perfunctory
, was essentially of the same quality.
The official behind the desk we approached grinned amiably and kept it up till, in answer to his perfunctory
question, "Sign off and on again?
Along the way, there are lazy romantic dramas, perfunctory
crises of confidence and a surfeit of shirtless men sitting around showing off their six-packs.
In Detroit he is brisker, the slow movement almost perfunctory
, and the sound is close-miked and boxy which suggests that it's a patched live recording, although the booklet doesn't say so.
When approaching for Communion, to actually say "Amen" as an affirmation of belief, rather than a perfunctory
whisper, or grunt, or nothing at all.
There are perfunctory
gunfights and car chases but little imagination, while Cage's face is as blank as ever.
Tory MP Stewart Jackson "A lousy, perfunctory
draughtsman" Writer Frederic Raphael's opinion of artist David Hockney
And again when Rooney gave a startlingly insipid display against Newcastle, was hooked and given a perfunctory
, limp handshake by Ferguson.
I named these three men at the time and after a perfunctory
inquiry of my concerns, was told that my allegations of suspected sexual abuse were without foundation.
The award is run by The Literary Review, which says its purpose is to 'draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory
use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it'.
Modern technology doesn't encourage anything more than a perfunctory
, cold, eyes-glued to computer queue reduction.
Isn't it about time the politicians stopped playing the perfunctory
and rather out-dated blame game whenever their roles in Parliament are reversed?