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Gaping open; cavernous: a yawning abyss.

yawn′ing·ly adv.
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Tope with his large keys, and yawningly unlocks and sets open.
'It yawningly reechoes that the President has frenetically tackled the insurgency with so much vigor, energy and resources.
No question that Marawi's displaced residents need urgent attention, too, but it's clear that the rehabilitation work in Eastern Visayas remains yawningly unfinished, and would require all the resources it's been promised.
Lying, petty dishonesty, minor deceptions, for example, although assumed to be yawningly acceptable and routine, always bring reprisal.
The Telegraph 's Robbie Collin, to put it mildly, hated the film: "It's consistently embarrassing to watch, and features plot holes so yawningly vast they have a kind of Grand Canyon-like splendour: part of you wants to hang around to see what they look like at sunset." He adds: "The end result is a broken film, swimming in bad CGI and forgettable mayhem, that you can't imagine any number of rewrites or reshoots could have saved.
By the centenary of partition in 30 years' time, I want to feel honour-bound and yet yawningly familiar with the Indian "lest we forget" archive footage being rolled out again, the recorded memories of those who lived through partition, even while being moved and deeply respecting their sacrifice.
Stodeport yawningly interrupted: "Oh, let the child alone!
I can report that the stalls, where I was sitting , was yawningly empty, with only a quarter of the seats taken up.
There can't be another occupation where the gap between academic theo- reticians and day-to-day practitioners is so yawningly vast.