Phrases with "phrase"

Foodstuffs ——’ The phrase ‘our new, happy life’ recurred several times. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson I am a Catholic.’ He made no shame of it! The phrase is a piece of natural statistics; for it is the language of one in a minority. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson People utter their judgments with a cannonade of syllables; a big word is as good as a meal to them; and the turn of a phrase goes further than humour or wisdom. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassan Plain, humble, dressed as a modest girl who has no thought of pleasing, she had gone to the land of Dreams, carried away by a phrase or a word that had bewitched her heart. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Bronislaw Malinowski A phrase quoted by Curr suggests that the former assumption would be nearer to truth. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Gissing Oh, you mustn’t think I mean the phrase as a reproach. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

G. K. Chesterton The phrase is a fine one, and suggests a mystic, elvish, nocturnal hunting. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

James Joyce He used the phrase broadly and loudly as he often used technical expressions, as if he wished his hearer to understand that they were used by him without conviction. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

For hours he had been waiting with the patience of a cat at a rat-hole for their host to let slip some careless word or phrase that would give him the key to a possibly profitable mystery. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton He would have known that the correct phrase for a man known to two people is “our common friend. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

He returned a high-flown phrase of thanks in a bitter, absent whisper. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope He had said that “thoroughly bad girl” was strong language, and when the Duchess defended the phrase he had expressed his opinion that Arabella was only a bad girl and not a thoroughly bad girl. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood An older, earlier type of consciousness — though I did not phrase it to myself thus — was asserting itself and taking charge of me. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

There was, however, one passage from which common-sense revolted; it was one wherein she quoted that phrase of mischievous sophistry, “all men are born free and equal. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

I sought for some compelling phrase and could not find one. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

He liked that phrase she had used about herself —“a good fellow. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Edith Wharton Then her last phrase struck his ear and his face clouded. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Then a phrase dropped in her hearing inspired her with the idea of imparting some affecting surroundings to the child’s funeral, and soon wholly absorbed her. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Walter Scott An adult, on the other hand, must have been engaged in some action which exposed him to the power of the spirits, and so, as the legal phrase went, “taken in the manner. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

I assure you, my lord, that is the identical phrase he employs — self-preservation. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps no phrase is so terribly significant as the phrase “killing time. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

H. G. Wells Sometimes I seemed to get him moving as I wanted him to move, but directly he felt he was having his feet shifted, he would clutch at some time-honoured phrase and struggle back to orthodoxy. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Bronislaw Malinowski When a phrase is hopelessly ambiguous, it is wrong to make any use of it. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Jules Verne Je savais bien que, s’il parvenait à arranger des lettres suivant toutes les positions relatives qu’elles pouvaient occuper, la phrase se trouverait faite. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

All this, of course, was so much ‘Hebrew–Greek,’ as honest Father Roach was wont to phrase it, to the scared women. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I could say nothing whatever; not possessing a phrase of speaking French: and it was French, and French only, the whole world seemed now gabbling around me. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Henry James I lost myself in this satisfaction to the point of assuming — in my quiet extravagance — that poor Miss Tita also went back, went back, as I used to phrase it. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

He was the embodied new England, an England that had forsaken God. Peter repeated the phrase like a password. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Benjamin Disraeli The names of Polignac and Wellington were adroitly connected together, and the phrase Parliamentary Reform began to circulate. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Jane Austen I abhor every common-place phrase by which wit is intended; and ‘setting one’s cap at a man,’ or ‘making a conquest,’ are the most odious of all. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Ivan Turgenev My memory becomes all at once remorselessly clear and trustworthy, only from the instant when, to use the phrase of badly-educated writers, the blows of destiny began to fall upon me. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Charles Dickens There is a fiction among us that we have uncommon reasons for being particularly lively and spirited on the occasion, whereas deep despondency is no phrase for the expression of our feelings. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Voltaire very soon discovered that his phrase about ’un prince philosophe qui rendra les hommes heureux’ was indeed a phrase and nothing more. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Willa Cather One could not see round it; one could only stupidly realize that in this mountain which the old lady had conjured up by a phrase and a name or two lay most of one’s mental past. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Arthur Machen These things my father told me of long ago, of the Great Mystery of the Offering. 1 A highly Rabelaisian phrase is omitted. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Indeed he says that there is a phrase in the county regiment’s official march that says quite plainly: Six trees and a hay-stack!’ She sang the phrase for him. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Thomas Hardy He would often weigh and consider for hours together the meaning of such and such a deed or phrase of hers, when a blunt settling question would formerly have been his first instinct. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

And beyond a phrase or so about “even-handed justice”— and look at our sedition trials! — they told me nothing. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Jules Verne Elle venait de redire cette phrase d’un sentiment sublime: Innamorata, mio cuore, tremante, Voglio morire . Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

Wilkie Collins The famous Latin phrase conveys, after all, the best description I can give of Reverend Finch. He was in very truth — Voice, and nothing else. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope The phrase had been odious to him, but still he could not acquit himself of ‘making a fuss’. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding I assure you, all I desire is a reimbursement; and if I can by your means obtain that, the public may —;” concluding with a phrase too coarse to be inserted in a history of this kind. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

He was, in short, in the well-known phrase of the European despot, “himself the state. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Marcel Prous Ce sera un parfait gentleman», ajouta-t-elle en serrant les dents pour donner à la phrase un accent légèrement britannique. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

G. K. Chesterton With the very look of it a phrase and a proverb leapt into the mind. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

This phrase is eternally in use among them, and seems to mean existing with as few of the comforts of life as possible. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

This phrase in its selfish form expressed a real and profound compassion for her niece. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Arnold Bennett The phrase fell on the apprentice like a sandbag, and he vanished. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing He knew that it sounded well, this demand for educational reform; however vague in reality, it gave the ordinary hearer a quasi-intelligible phrase to remember and repeat. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells And more and more of them are pottering about with poor little parcels of stocks and shares, hunting after Capital Appreciation. That’s the great phrase now. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry James Ransom could see that, according to a phrase which came back to him just then, oddly, out of some novel or poem he had read of old, she was the cynosure of every eye. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins Another familiar phrase — and this time a phrase remarkable enough to lead my memory back in the right direction. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Laughing outright in my endeavor to throw off the surplus of my excitement, I drew myself up and uttered some fiery phrase of courage, which I doubt if she even heard. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Mr. Lathrop quotes a phrase to this effect from one of his letters, late in life. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

We keep the phrase pot luck; but, for most of those who use it, it has parted with all its meaning. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

And although in that latter phrase some may only see a poetic license, I am disposed to be content. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

D. H. Lawrence Often she hurried him on, giving him a phrase in anticipation. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James The words he had shown her and then taken back consisted, at all events, of the brief but vivid phrase “Absolutely impossible. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Marcel Prous La fin de la phrase commencée chanta d’elle-même sur ses lèvres. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

This phrase or expression is of course artificial to the highest degree: and it is to it that the reproach of depending on mechanical aids chiefly applies. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Margaret Oliphant If there is any truth in the old phrase which calls a church a cure of souls, it is certain that no cure of souls can be delegated to a preacher by the souls themselves who are to be his care. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

G. K. Chesterton Nevertheless there is a real sense in which the phrase may be wisely used, and that is in cases where some stereotyped version of what is happening hides what is really happening from our eyes. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Benjamin Disraeli It is a phrase of natural history. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

Henry Adams London society abused its rights of personal criticism by fixing on every too conspicuous figure some word or phrase that stuck to it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Robert Burns To phrase you, an’ praise you, Ye ken your Laureat scorns: The pray’r still, you share still, Of grateful Minstrel Burns. 56 The airles — earnest money. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

George Gissing She replied in a phrase which had rested in her mind, though probably conveying little if any meaning to her. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Edith Wharton The Professor knew little about the workings of the press, but the phrase gave him a sense of finality, of having been caught himself in the toils of that mysterious engine. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Gissing He hardened himself against the ties of blood, and kept repeating to himself a phrase in which of late he had summed his miseries: ‘I was born in exile — born in exile. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Bronislaw Malinowski I quote a phrase from the table of contents: “The most ancient system in which the idea of blood relationship was embodied was a system of kinship through females only. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Arnold Bennett An exaggeration, of course! Still, a phrase that would not be dismissed by a superior curl of the lips. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

And Hyacinth, her sister, had put this shame upon her, had spoken of her in the cruelest phrase as loving one whom it was mortal sin to love. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Gissing The phrase he uttered last appeared to have affected her in some way; her eyes fell, and an expression of pain was on her brows for a moment. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope The phrase was misleading, and Mr. Bagwax was induced to say that it might be so. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Why had he stayed at Stanley Owston’s bidding? A phrase of that incipient fatalism which had hung like a faint cloud over his younger and more studious days, floated again into his brain. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Jules Verne Puis la phrase s’achève, et la voix, qui diminue par degrés, s’éteint avec les molles vibrations de l’air. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

Anthony Trollope It would have been pretty, could an observer have been there, to see the skill with which they both steered clear of any word or phrase which could be disagreeable to him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing He was talking about the development of markets for British wares, and kept repeating the phrase “trade outlets,” as if it had a flavour which he enjoyed. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

G. K. Chesterton The phrase that leaps to their lips is the ironical phrase. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Edith Wharton The phrase made Mrs. Bosworth reflect. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

George Gissing Don’t think I know Homer, Miss Warren; it’s only a phrase out of a crib, which somehow has stuck in my mind. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

It’s his amusement, you see! At the Prefecture we have nicknamed him ‘Tirauclair,’ from a phrase he is constantly in the habit of repeating. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Charles Dickens Mrs Varden was a lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper — a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

When he was attacking anybody or frolicking, his movements and beauty can only be described by a phrase of the Apostle James, ‘the grace of the fashion of it. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Virginia Woolf Sometimes a phrase is turned edgewise, so that as it slips with the usual suavity into its place it leaves a scratch. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Marcel Prous J’avais été surtout sensible à l’élaboration, aux essais, aux reprises, au « devenir » d’une phrase qui se faisait durant la sonate comme cet amour s’était fait durant ma vie. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

Mr Warner had thought it over for three days and then emerged with the unforgettable phrase ‘P.P.’ ‘P.P.’ stood for Pedic Perspiration. It was a real flash of genius, that. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

George Meredith Ten minutes later she was alone with Caroline. ‘Tie yourself to the Duke at the dinner,’ she said, in the forcible phrase she could use when necessary. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Jack London A quibble arose concerning the phrase “break out. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

John Galsworthy The phrase to be used should be a “member of the Board.” He saw no need for anything further. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton In fact, I had wandered to a position not very far from the phrase of my Puritan grandfather, when he said that he would thank God for his creation if he were a lost soul. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

One phrase in it will be, “He was the Moses who led the people across the desert to the Promised Land”; but what the Promised Land was to be like he would have been puzzled to say. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Between the columns of words thus furnished I interposed a phrase or two, here and there, the whole reading upon its completion as follows: “—————— House.” March 1st, 1876. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Handel Richardson At the anger she felt racing through her husband she tightened her grip, stringing meanwhile phrase to phrase with the sole idea of getting him safely indoors. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arnold Bennett A phrase in the speech loosed some catch in him and he turned suddenly to Hilda, and in an intimate half-whisper murmured — “More blood!” “What?” she harshly questioned. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

William Makepeace Thackeray She was always ‘poking her fun,’ as the Irish phrase it. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Thomas Hardy Never deceive her! But they knew nothing, and the phrase had its day. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Theodore Dreiser He had not formulated the phrase beforehand. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing The voice of the elder sister had contracted an unpleasant hoarseness, but she spoke with good enunciation; a slight stiffness and pedantry of phrase came, no doubt, of her scholastic habits. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Before the short phrase was finished, her voice had dropped into apathy, her gaze had wandered away from Matheson’s boots, from the garden, from the hour. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Having used the phrase ‘cash-value’ of an idea, I am implored by one correspondent to alter it, ‘for every one thinks you mean only pecuniary profit and loss. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Arnold Bennett The doctor used only the phrase ‘acute rheumatism. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Andrew Lang The phrase ‘dreamt’ is to be taken as the common-sense way of stating that Lord Lyttelton had a vision of some sort. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Jeremy Bentham Militiam detrectare, to endeavour to avoid serving in the army, is a phrase not unfrequently met with in the Roman writers. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

G. K. Chesterton A horror of unconsciousness lay on them; that is the nearest phrase I know. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells Mrs. Rylands was reminded of a phrase Mr. Plantagenet-Buchan had used once for some music, “a cathedral of sound. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Jeremy Bentham The phrase is, that the will of these persons concurs not with the act; that they have no vicious will; or, that they have not the free use of their will. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Qui vivra verra— to borrow a French phrase from young Master Arthur over the way. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Like its antithesis, “lose out,” this reasonless phrase is of sport, “sporty. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

H. G. Wells The world was ripe for the lead embodied in such a phrase and it caught on very rapidly. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing Miss Walworth had glanced back, and might possibly have caught a phrase that aroused curiosity. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

My head was full of him; his words were always behind my lips; and when I was not repeating his phrase to myself or to some one else, I was trying to frame something of my own as like him as I could. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Henry Adams The handsomest formula, in an impartial choice, was the grandly courteous Southern phrase of Lamar: “Of course Mr. Adams knows that anything in my power is at his service. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells Some particularly pious phrase of my elder cousin’s irritated me extremely, and I avowed outright my entire disbelief in the whole scheme of revealed religion. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Arthur Machen And Lycidas was probably the most perfect piece of pure literature in existence; because every word and phrase and line were sonorous, ringing and echoing with music. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

I discovered a strange parallelism between my now tattered phrase of “Love and fine thinking” and the “Love and the Word” of Christian thought. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Guy de Maupassant Besides this, they were pledged at every dinner to relate most minutely their last adventures, which had given rise to this familiar phrase amongst them: “To lie like an old bachelor. Always Lock the Door! (Le Verrou) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

It was Carley’s phrase over again but held none of Carley’s admiration; it was loaded with indignation. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

George Gissing It was a truly musical gathering; each person at table had some exquisite phrase to contribute. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Marcel Prous Même cet amour pour une phrase musicale sembla un instant devoir amorcer chez Swann la possibilité d’une sorte de rajeunissement. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Zona Gale He even managed frantically to write down a jumble of words of which he could make nothing, save here and there a phrase like a touch of hands from the silence: “ . Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Anthony Trollope Then he sat down to prepare his first instalment of keen personal abuse, adding word to word and phrase to phrase till he had built up this unsavory monument of vituperation. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells The Canterbury employer was an amiable, religious-spirited man and he would probably not have dismissed Mr. Polly if that unfortunate tendency to phrase things had not shocked him. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Talking little — Anthony in careless, casual questions, the other two with provincial economy of phrase and burden — they sauntered past another corner, and another. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Oscar Wilde And in criticising painters so different as Landseer and Martin, Stothard and Etty, he shows that, to use a phrase now classical, he is trying ‘to see the object as in itself it really is. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

My lieutenant, for instance, is a man of wonderful courage and enterprise; he is madly desirous of glory, or rather, to word my phrase more characteristically, of advancement in his profession. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Not even then had Coxeter—to use a phrase which he himself would not have used, for he avoided the use of slang—“given himself away. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

H. G. Wells Once he produced a phrase that took her back to Gavin Peters’ story of their Polish wanderings. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells Suddenly, swiftly, it GOT ABOUT— that is the only phrase you can use — that flying was attainable. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

James Joyce He drew forth a phrase from his treasure and spoke it softly to himself: — A day of dappled seaborne clouds. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Frances Hodgson Burnett He actually found his heated mind making a statement of the case as wild as this and its very mercilessness of phrase checked him. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The little guichet displayed the sour face of the doorkeeper, who delivered his stolid message in answer to all Grant’s questions, whether the phrase was relevant or not. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

I found this was the phrase of the country. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

John Galsworthy And he, to whom living on one’s capital had always been anathema, could not have borne to have applied so gross a phrase to his own case. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

H.G. Wells The angelic costume certainly was — the Vicar knew it was a case for a French phrase — but he could scarcely remember it. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Edith Wharton He draped these details in the handsome phrase “She’s a woman to be proud of”, and felt that this fact somehow justified and ennobled his instinctive boyish satisfaction in loving her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

George Meredith This voice outlives the rest at every strophe, and contrives to add a supplemental antiphonic phrase that recalls in turn the favourite melodies of the opera. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Guy de Maupassan But suddenly a phrase sung by Montrose with irresistible power stirred him to the heart. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

By the way — to echo, your own phrase — you had better put away this gem or I shall be strangling you myself in order to gain possession of it. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

A vague impression that he had heard some such phrase somewhere before passed through him. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing His brother at Birmingham had suggested ‘an opening’ in that city (thus did Mrs. Rymer phrase it), and the commission-agent had decided to leave London as soon as his affairs were in order. A Charming Family by George Gissing

A generous thoughtfulness for our common necessities as soldiers —” “Ouf!” interrupted Cigarette, before his phrase was one-third finished. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Robert Louis Stevenson I think (to employ a phrase of yours which I admire) it ‘should be attributed’ to you that you have never visited the scene of Damien’s life and death. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy And how that phrase in the letter —‘You will, of course, in no way commit June’— gave the whole thing away. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling The people call him”— Adam jerked out some heathen phrase —“that means the Man with the Stone Eyes, you know. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

At the first phrase Bruno had sprung to his feet, and had all the while stood looking down on him, not breaking in upon him by a breath or by a sign. Signa by Ouida

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I assure you — it was only last week, at Nyworth Castle, where I had the honour to be received, Lady Mary Wrangham used the phrase yarn, for a long story. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

H. G. Wells We want something more than a phrase to bind the nations together. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The touts from the Christmas card firms used to come round with their catalogues as early as June. A phrase from one of their invoices sticks in my memory. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Jonathan’s phrase — “an absolute master and a lost loony at the same time”-recurred to him. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Robert Louis Stevenson You must often have remarked me leaving the “Pharmacopoeia” — often even in the middle of a phrase — to come forth into the sun and air. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was true that Allan made a phrase with a withered wisp of humanity like young Wilson. Not that he failed to see through him, for he christened him “a dried washing-clout. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Mark Twain A Russian imbues his polite things with a heartiness, both of phrase and expression, that compels belief in their sincerity. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

I divided the remainder of the summer and autumn between Switzerland and Italy. As the well-worn phrase goes, I was a sadder if not a wiser man. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

By degrees, the general suspicion of him crystallized in a single Burmese phrase — ‘shok de’. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Andrew Lang To meet these wants, to supply ‘soul,’ with its moral stimulus, and to provide a phrase or idea under which the Deity could be envisaged (i. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald This phrase appealed to him and he repeated it over and over. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing He called her his “old friend,” a phrase of double meaning. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

George Gissing He spent his evening pleasantly, often laughing as he recalled a phrase or gesture of the Rev. Bruno’s. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Algernon Blackwood The phrase seemed to come out of its own accord. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Virginia Woolf Gradually, stealthily, with a phrase here, a gibe there, the whole solid mass is leavened with the peculiar quality of his temperament. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

M. P. Shiel As the half-pleasurable pangs of hunger, and the languor of coming disease, invade my body, I may add yet a phrase or two. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

This phrase may go with “lose,” thus aggravating the joke. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

D. H. Lawrence Now, the ‘Board of Education’ was a phrase that rang significant to her, and she felt Whitehall far beyond her as her ultimate home. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Moreover, I for one was only too glad to seek fresh fields and pastures new — a phrase which I determined to interpret literally in my choice of fresh surroundings. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

John Keats The people are not mentioned at all, yet this phrase conjures up a picture of merry, laughing, sunburnt peasants, as surely as could a long and elaborate description. Poems published in 1820 by John Keats

Many of them told me they would have gone, perhaps not in such poetic phrase as is found in Lallah Rookh, east, west — alas! I care not whither, so thou art safe and I with thee. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope He had probably allowed himself to use the witticism, meaning little or nothing — choosing the phrase without a moment’s thought, because it contained a double meaning. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Rafael Sabatini Here no high-sounding phrase of Faith would answer. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

T. E. Lawrence While my fancy, in the overwhelming pause, showed me my loneliness and lack of reason in their movement: since only for me, of all the hearers, was the event sorrowful and the phrase meaningless. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing For instance, there was that terrible thohu wabohu of the second verse, a phrase preserved from the original, and tossed into all the corners of controversy. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Walter Scott It was accounted ill-breeding in Scotland about forty years since to use the phrase rebellion or rebel, which might be interpreted by some of the parties present as a personal insult. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

G. K. Chesterton I did not notice anything odd about the expression when I used it; but I recognize, on second thought, that it is, perhaps, a phrase requiring explanation. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Leslie Stephen By this last phrase hangs an anecdote of later days. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Leslie Stephen Addison, as Pope also tells us, thought the prologue ambiguous, and altered “Britons, arise!” to “Britons, attend!” lest the phrase should be thought to hint at a new revolution. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

H. G. Wells The phrase “Permanent World Encyclopaedia” conveys the gist of these ideas. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Oscar Wilde If they did so, they would become confirmed misanthropes, or if I may borrow a phrase from one of the pretty Newnham graduates, confirmed womanthropes for the rest of their lives. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Virginia Woolf His own dexterity in catching the phrase plumb in the middle gave him a thrill of excitement. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Algernon Blackwood The same second she continued, though obviously changing the phrase —“we wondered how you spent your day there, during the heat. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

H. G. Wells Someone used that phrase for the last war, and it didn’t end war. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Marcel Prous Swann n’avait donc pas tort de croire que la phrase de la sonate existât réellement. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Jules Verne Très bien!» Et c’est ainsi que Jos Meritt acheva sa phrase par son exclamation habituelle. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

Anthony Trollope This phrase brings to the mind of every one the conviction that they meant to express murder. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Conway, whom experience had taught that rudeness is by no means a guarantee of good faith, was even less inclined to regard a well-turned phrase as a proof of insincerity. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

This phrase buzzed in her ears. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins The profound respect of manner and phrase which he had hitherto testifiedobserved by a man of his age, to a man of mine — made me feel ill at ease. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Elle tenait la cuisine au courant, elle répéta deux fois sa phrase dédaigneuse: — Rien, un bouquet. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was more in Robert than quaint phrase and ready store of reference. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton The phrase had murmured in his brain all day. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H. G. Wells All about his feet and knees were scarlet blankets, not folded, not formally unfolded, but — the only phrase is — shied about. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Benjamin Disraeli The phrase ‘the people’ is sheer nonsense. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

Marcel Prous Certes les charmes d’une personne sont une cause moins fréquente d’amour qu’une phrase du genre de celle-ci: «Non, ce soir je ne serai pas libre. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Very young, and (to use the phrase of the day) very new, flattery and admiration glanced harmlessly by her. Lodore by Mary Shelley

When it turned to wrest the suffrage from the proletariate, at the first election where it attempted to make head against them, it was simply snowed under, as your picturesque phrase is. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Robert Burns This simple instrument is a very portable one; and well fitted to the social inclination of meeting in a neighbour’s house; hence the phrase of going a rocking, or with the roke. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

It’s the most inexplicable — There! you have heard that phrase before. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The phrase “parliament member” we believe to be quite unknown in the colloquial use of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

Richard Burton In our West African colonies the phrase “growing black” was applied to colonists, who, after a term of residence, became thoroughly imbued with the superstitions of the land. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edith Wharton On the doorstep he stood still, remembering a phrase of Lily’s: “It seems to me you spend a good deal of time in the element you disapprove of. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell Branwell was rather a handsome boy, with “tawny” hair, to use Miss Bronte’s phrase for a more obnoxious colour. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Edith Wharton Once he’d found a phrase for a thing, the phrase ruled him. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]