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Whether it was the toughness of the tree trunk, the bluntness of the axe, the puniness of our efforts or a combination of all three, the tree stood firm.
However, in the Portsmouth episode, we are not led to believe that Fanny's puniness and her sister's death are related to their financial or social status.
Even the unsympathetic Sheriff speaks of the possibility of revelation but argues that it could only be of his "own miserable conceit and personal puniness.
Our destiny is that of imitating reality, platonically, under a lashing irony that unmasks the puniness of our achievement.
With superb artistic skill the author uses the terms of going down [yarad] and great [gadol] as counterpoints, the puniness of man against the power of the Almighty.
The immense disproportion between the magnitude of the problem Gore had described and the puniness of what he was asking us to do about it was enough to sink your heart.
What is it about the Dixie Chicks that provoked such a hysterical reaction, given the puniness of what you said?