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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:26 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
Joined: 17 May 2007
Posts: 77


What would be the difference in meaning between "to tease at" and "to tease" here?

Quote:

His thumb came up to tease at the corner of her mouth, softening her expression
even as the bitterness ached within her.

Quote:

To her shock, his tongue came out to tease at the palm of her hand, and,
inexplicably, Catherine arched off the bed again.

Quote:

I jumped at every noise; darkness seemed to tease at the corners of my eyes.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:20 am Reply with quote
Bloomer
 
Joined: 23 Oct 2008
Posts: 136
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


What delicious sentences you have for examples!

My sense is that "tease at" here means "play with." The solo verb "tease" merely means "to make fun of" or perhaps "to mock." The sentences you have shared here seem more playful and interactive, less of "doing to" someone or something.
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