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a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned

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Beneath Ryder's fragile, waiflike exterior is a surprisingly canny veteran.
Females of the 1960s had novel looks and wider categories of beauty to choose from, ranging from waiflike to voluptuous, sophistcated to puckish.
To maintain the requisite waiflike body through the rigours of puberty is a brutal process, often producing injury, serious eating disorders (the "Nadia syndrome"), and a skewed picture of young womanhood not unlike the bizarre version of "normalcy" conveyed annually in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Not only will visitors be able to see the waiflike profile and elegant design, they can experience first-hand the breakthrough Hitachi technology which creates a visual and "sound-sational" experience unlike that of any other HDTV on the market.
Ico is a boy who has been left to rot in a castle where he meets Yorda, a waiflike girl who he helps to escape.
Food fight Football's version of Supersize v Superskinny takes place today as the waiflike players of Nuneaton clash with the sturdy oafs of Chippenham in the Zamaretto Premier play-off final.
But his well-ordered life begins to unravel when he stumbles across the body of a Ukrainian night porter in a pool of blood in the hotel's musty cellar, and he is suddenly swept up into an obsessive affair with the only witness to the crime, Lena, a tiny, waiflike prostitute from Byelorussia.
With his devoted family and the waiflike Mays rooting for him, it's easy to be on his side.
They also feature Dreier herself, a stocky and dowdily dressed matron, posing in an elevator whose exterior the perennially waiflike and handsome Duchamp had painted--in an extraordinary and presumably ironic display of decorative sensibility--with a pattern of vine leaves to match the surrounding wallpaper.
More than half pointed to the waiflike stars as those whose methods and lifestyles they would follow.
And, like Penn, earning a deserved Oscar nomination, Morton is quite superb, elevating the Chaplinesque waiflike mute beyond cliche and sentimentality, her face and eyes registering the spectrum of emotion from glee and adoration to bitter pain like some cross between Clara Bow and Harpo Marx - her eloquent silences the melody to Penn's rumbustious rhythms.
Richard Patrick, wild, waiflike lead singer of the rock group Filter, is in a publicity pickle since spouting off in the September issue of the music magazine Ray Gun about a flirty past with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor.
For a start, she was horrified by the effect Mode's obsession with waiflike models on its pages was having on Justin and his classmates, organising a change in policy.
The Used World Emporium, an antique and junk shop in Jonah, Indiana, contains "the castoffs of countless lives"--as well as three very much flesh-and-blood characters: the eccentric 65-year-old proprietor, Hazel; the introverted 40-something, 6'5" Claudia, coping with her self-centered sister and her mother's death; and the waiflike Rebekah, who escaped a fundamentalist Pentecostal childhood only to become pregnant.