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From a list of clichés that authors have used in more than half their works. The list was compiled by Ben Blatt and appears in Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, which will be published next month by Simon & Schuster.

Jane Austen: With all my heart

William Faulkner: Sooner or later

Donna Tartt: Too good to be true

Salman Rushdie: The last straw

Stephenie Meyer: Sigh of relief

J. K. Rowling: Dead of night

Jodi Picoult: Sixth sense

Dan Brown: Full circle

Tom Clancy: By a whisker

Suzanne Collins: Put two and two together

E. L. James: Words fail me