Phrases with "phrase"

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]

H. G. Wells With the Johnsons he professed to be inclined, but not so conclusively inclined as to be inconvenient, to get a shop for himself, to be, to use the phrase he preferred, “looking for an opening. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Thomas Wolfe You can’t sell Libya Hill short,” he said, using a phrase that was in great vogue just then. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

There came — how can I phrase it? It was not a darkness, for I saw. Serapion by Francis Stevens

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]

Henry Handel Richardson And as she worked, watched, brooded, a phrase from Tilly’s letter kept ringing and buzzing through her head. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

In a flash the phrase of Scudder’s came back to me, when he had described the man he most dreaded in the world. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Tomkyns—that was the young chaplain’s name—did stumble at a phrase in Book i, 598, With fear of change Perplexes monarchs. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Above them sat the mayor, before them reporters, ticking in shorthand every phrase and word. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Sir Walter Scott Allan Ramsay applies the phrase in the same metaphorical sense. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

George Gissing It was a phrase that had been in his own mind once or twice since Moxey’s visit. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Jeremy Bentham Indeed, it is almost next to impossible so to turn the phrase in each case as to keep them separate: all that one can do, is to give warning of the distinction once for all. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

James Joyce The phrase had been spoken lightly with design and he felt that his face was being searched by the eyes in the shadow. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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]

Jack London You were, once, and able to eat me, as you were pleased to phrase it; but there has been a diminishing, and I am now able to eat you. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Sir Walter Scott So I will accept your bail, meo periculo — what say you to that law phrase again? I had it from a learned counsel. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He recalled a phrase that had greatly pleased him in the early days of his novel. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Bronislaw Malinowski It is hardly necessary to point out that this phrase is without a precise sense, unless it be evident in what sense the author uses the conception “social unit. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

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]

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]

But it must not be supposed that there were no interregna between the dominion of one slang phrase and another. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

G. K. Chesterton Equally obviously, such a phrase only applies to an alleged or real divine event: otherwise the forerunner would be a founder. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

And it would have saved him from the most foolish — ” He did not finish the phrase which certainly was turning bitter in his mouth. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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

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

My head grew so confused, that my dread, all the way, was that I should forget my Italian; I can just remember conning a phrase over and over again, lest I should lose it. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sir Walter Scott This excellent person was but little known by his actions when alive, but we may well use, in this particular, the striking phrase of Scripture, “that being dead he yet speaketh. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

H. G. Wells There was the question of God. Some of them had no word or phrase about the framework of life. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

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]

Marcel Prous Mais seuls la colère, le désir de trouver la phrase qui pouvait leur être le plus désagréable m’avaient dicté cette réponse mensongère. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Algernon Blackwood It was the phrase he had used before. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

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]

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 He caught up Mrs. Chiffan’s phrase with approval. 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]

Jeremy Bentham The phrase in full length would run in some such manner as this: cestuy al use de qui le trust est créé: he to whose use the trust or benefit is created. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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

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]

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]

Now-a-days every third phrase is of this character; a starling’s note. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

The thing that cannot be imitated is his fertility of invention, which is invention not so much of characters, still less of ‘situations’, as of turns of phrase and concrete details. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

In almost every chapter he came now upon a phrase or an incident which had served him as the basis for a sermon. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

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

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 Had he known that the words were found in Martial, his rebellious spirit would have enjoyed the consecration of a phrase from such an unlikely author. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

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

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]

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

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]

George Gissing The special prayer which Mr. Vissian had read forth on two Sundays, was, on the third, commenced with a phrase of thanksgiving. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Leslie Stephen That is almost as if a modern reconciler of faith and science were to say that he had never read a line of Mr. Darwin, or heard of such a phrase as the struggle for existence. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray Was it not an honor that your Highness did me just now when you condescended to pass over the bridge of your slave’s nose?” The phrase was by all voices pronounced to be very poetical. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Jeremy Bentham It is not unfrequent likewise to meet with the phrase, malo animo: a phrase still more indeterminate, if possible, than any of the former. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

G. K. Chesterton All a charter really meant lingers alive in that poetic phrase that calls the wind a “chartered” libertine. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Leslie Stephen Boswell thought the phrase too big for the event, and was some time before he could feel a proper concern. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Leslie Stephen Each phrase is either wrong or escapes from error by vagueness, and one would swear that Pope had never seen the sea. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

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

But he was like the man who built his house upon the sand; his foundation gave way under him, and the phrase and the newspaper were washed into the mighty sea of the things that were. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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]

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]

Then he proceeded to catechise me in excellent English, with now and then a phrase of French, as to the doings in my own land. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

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

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]

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]

G. K. Chesterton I like that phrase “an eye” to business. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells One strand concerned this review he was going to write about Cottenham C. Bower. He had got an outrageously pedantic phrase in his head upon which he wanted to base his critique. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope The same mention was made of her intended husband’s peerage, and the same allusion to Her Majesty’s Government — a phrase which she had heard from Lord Fawn himself. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

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

And men are not dainty as to phrase when they meet with an expression of their own sentiments. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

He pictured his seasons of ease, when he unslung his pack and smoked in some clump of lilacs by a burnside—he remembered a phrase of Stevenson’s somewhat like that. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Sigmund Freud Hostile and painful impulses (in the dream itself we have the phrase overcome by strange emotions) overlap one another at the point where I destroy my antagonistic friend with a couple of words. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Indeed the last phrase alone suggests an example or a text. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

E. F. Benson All this was rather shaky business, so before going to bed he steadied himself, as his unspoken phrase ran, with a final drink. The Cat by E. F. Benson

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

George Gissing To her hearer the final phrase was like a thunderstroke. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Le Beau! The phrase is characteristic of the peculiar species of ingenuous sensibility which so oddly agitated this sceptical man of the world. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Ford Madox Ford He had once heard a phrase ‘agreeable rattle,’ and he regarded Ruggles as an agreeable rattle, though he did not know what the phrase meant. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

G. K. Chesterton Is thy servant less than a dog, that he should do this thing?” Something in the lift of his voice on the Scriptural phrase startled her and made her stare at him with a new curiosity. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

I hit upon a phrase that became at last something of a refrain in my speech and writings, to convey the spirit that I felt was at the very heart of real human progress — love and fine thinking. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Edith Wharton In connection with this, I once brought him a phrase culled in a literary review. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

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

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

Sir Walter Scott Through these various entanglements, Monkbarns (to use the phrase by which he was distinguished in the country) made his way at length to Mrs. Hadoway’s. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The phrase of the lowest of the people is “honor-bright,” and their vulgar praise, “his word is as good as his bond. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

George Gissing One had but to hear her speak, were it only the most ordinary phrase of courtesy, and that wonderful voice more than justified profound interest. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

E. F. Benson As she worked (framing her lips with elaborate motions to the syllables) she dumbly practised the phrase “Major Benjy”. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

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]

You know how to phrase a decent refusal. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

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]

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]

The phrase ‘killing Kruger with your mouth’, for instance, was current till very recently. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

Several times in the night I heard him murmuring, ‘M—— you are past redemption,’ as though the phrase appealed to him. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald He hurried the phrase “educated at Oxford,” or swallowed it, or choked on it, as though it had bothered him before. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

There had been no love-making on Oliver’s part—no, indeed!—but the very phrase has acquired a vulgar significance. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

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]

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

Edgar Allan Poe Or, if he begins to bluster, you may be down upon him with insomnia Jovis, reveries of Jupiter — a phrase which Silius Italicus (see here!) applies to thoughts pompous and inflated. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

It was almost the same phrase Lady Laura had used about her sister. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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

Edgar Allan Poe I have said that the whims of my friend were manifold, and that Fe les menageais:— for this phrase there is no English equivalent. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

G. K. Chesterton Or else he knew he was fighting someone with a stick, in which case he was a very bad man: or (as the more timid modern phrase goes) a very bad sportsman. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

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]

Andrew Lang He complained that, if he said that the sun went down, a parallel was at once cited from Homer, or anybody else, and he used a very powerful phrase to condemn critics who detected such repetitions. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Arnold Bennett He remembered Ingpen’s historic habitual phrase about the proper place for women — “behind the veil. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Just the same phrase during the war, I remember. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton The phrase has unfortunately a false and pedantic sound. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

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

Willa Cather But the scene was ageless; youths were sailing away to die for an idea, a sentiment, for the mere sound of a phrase . One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

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]

Henry James Then every one, with two or three exceptions, made an ass of himself, thumping the table and repeating over some inane phrase which appeared for the hour to constitute the whole furniture of his mind. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

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

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

The phrase ‘a Second Coming’ conveyed no meaning to their minds. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

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

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

Olaf Stapledon The devastation round about us seemed to “loosen his tongue,” if I may use such a phrase to express a sudden frankness in his thinking toward myself. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith What could that mean? What, but—She dared not phrase it or view it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

G. K. Chesterton The chauffeur’s phrase about his mother might merely have been a music-hall joke; but certainly he had driven darkly in that direction. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was no consecutive sense in it, though now and again a phrase or sentence caught the attention. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [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]

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

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

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

His boat’s crew were a pretty raw set, just out of the bush, and, as the sailor’s phrase is, “hadn’t got the hayseed out of their hair. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Edith Wharton But against the blank a phrase suddenly flashed out in letters of fire, and he turned and spoke it to his master. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [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]

Rudyard Kipling That phrase impressed them also. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

In the words of Mr. Myers, “without ceasing to be a logical step in the argument, a phrase becomes a centre of emotional force. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was a pretty girl when she first came to Detroit.” A pretty girl! The phrase struck Dexter as ludicrous. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George Gissing This phrase of Harriet’s was the very first breathing against her mother’s character that Ida had ever heard. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arnold Bennett This phrase from their school-days made them both laugh again. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Edgar Allan Poe The phrase quoted may mean any thing, or nothing, and guides in no degree. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Gaston Leroux We had come into a rather out-of-the-way part of the country which had been turned topsy-turvey by a crime, and my reason led me to suspect every phrase that could bear upon the event of the day. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Thomas Paine Wherefore, I reprobate the phrase of Parent or Mother Country applied to England only, as being false, selfish, narrow and ungenerous. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

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

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

G. K. Chesterton We come in this novel, as we often do come in his novels, upon hard lumps of unreality, upon a phrase that suddenly sickens. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

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]

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]

It was Blenkiron’s phrase about Mary that pulled me together —‘She can’t scare and she can’t soil’. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Virginia Woolf They jest rather stiffly; they hint rather clumsily; they make a little scene like a rough puppet show of the old priest’s anger and give a phrase or two directly as they were spoken in person. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

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

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

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

Jack London And so it ended, with the phrase she knew had all power over me. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry James In that single phrase without more ado I discovered his famous remedy. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Marcel Prous Aussitôt la phrase d’Albertine entendue, mon calme était détruit. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

D.H. Lawrence He holds his chin and waits, in his anxiety for the phrase to come. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

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

Olaf Stapledon Such was the phrase she used to describe Paul’s condition to her husband. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Elle parlait peu, mais elle disait chaque phrase avec une animation extraordinaire, comme si elle eût voulu se persuader à elle-même que le bonheur n’était pas évanoui encore. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

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

Marcel Prous Seulement je sentais que ce n’était pas la phrase qui était mal faite, mais moi pas assez fort et agile pour aller jusqu’au bout. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

William Black To Horace Walpole we owe the phrase which describes Goldsmith as an “inspired idiot. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

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]

Virginia Woolf I love with such ferocity that it kills me when the object of my love shows by a phrase that he can escape. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Edith Wharton The phrase “come with yourself” shed a lightning-flash of irony on their reciprocal attitude. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Leslie Stephen He was (if I may borrow a phrase from the philologists) an agglutinative writer, and composed by sticking together independent fragments. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Gissing It was a phrase frequently on her lips, and always made her more cheerful. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

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

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

Anthony Trollope There was one phrase in the letter which went sorely against the grain with him. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Gissing For the greater part of my life, the people signified to me the London crowd, and no phrase of temperate meaning would utter my thoughts of them under that aspect. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Arnold Bennett The phrase “have an operation” was enough in its dread. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Edith Wharton But what was such a promise worth, and what did the phrase mean on lips so regardless of the seasons? Nothing — Boyne knew it. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

H. G. Wells Graham snatched at the last phrase with an unsteady mind. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

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]

Henry James But who could have said without good reason? He was “flushed with triumph;” this classic phrase portrayed him, to Rowland’s sense. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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

I can’t explain properly, but you get an atmosphere about certain things in your mind and that phrase somehow jars with the atmosphere. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

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

The Roman phrase for expressing that a man had died, viz. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Anthony Trollope A few days since I should have laughed at any woman who used such a phrase of herself, and declared her to be an affected fool; but now I know how true such a word may be. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

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

Arnold Bennett Paralysie glosso-labio-laryngee was the phrase he used. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H. G. Wells She let fall a phrase that suggested she was ill. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Gissing In this instance, he knew that the words “serving mankind” were a contemptuous use of a phrase she had heard, a phrase which represented the philosophy alien to her own. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

On the contrary, you are the hopeless slave of money until you have enough of it to live on — a ‘competence’, as the beastly middle-class phrase goes. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

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

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

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

H. G. Wells Some phrase of Peters’ made her see a straggle of low thatched cottages fenced off in half-acre yards from one another, with a very broad mud-track running amidst them by way of a village street. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

As she began to shape a phrase of dubious farewell the door was thrown open and Sir Giles Tumulty came in. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

M. R. James Some expression of sympathy seemed to be required; yet I was chary of offering it, for in its present state of mind I felt that the bird might interpret the best-meant phrase as a fresh insult. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Jules Verne I went up on to the platform just as the second lieutenant was taking the measure of the horary angles, and waited, according to habit till the daily phrase was said. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Andrew Lang In the Scotch phrase the ghost obviously “is not all there,” any more than the sleep walker is intellectually “all there”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Half an hour with the manager of Faith Brothers had had the effect of studding the sergeant’s habitual simplicity of word and phrase with amazing jewels of technicality. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

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]

Fyne was able to tell me all about it; and the phrase that would depict the nature of the change best is: an instant and complete destitution. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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]

G. K. Chesterton I would not compare it, in the unkind phrase of Mr. H. G. Wells, to an elephant trying to pick up a pea. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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