Recent Examples on the WebIn fact, their writings are more pungent now that they have been liberated from the costive confines of the movement.
Jacob Heilbrunn, The New Republic, 23 Jan. 2020 Movies coiled up in other movies have a habit of becoming either costive or cute, but somehow Falardeau avoids the traps.
Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 May 2017
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