Phrases with "against"

H. G. Wells Above the shadowy grey Council House that stood in the midst of it, the great black banner of the surrender still hung in sluggish folds against the blazing sunset. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

T. H. Huxley To sum up — the evidence as far as we have gone is against the argument as to any limit to divergences, so far as structure is concerned; and in favour of a physiological limitation. Essays by T. H. Huxley

The rain beat against it; the lightning showed its streaming and furrowed surface. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

H. G. Wells Isabel left the house at Sutton and went to Hampstead where she is now living (at my expense) and she has now got through about half the necessary divorce proceedings against me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Sigmund Freud The nature of the facts compels both those who argue for and those who argue against moral responsibility in dream-life to agree in recognizing a special psychic source for the immorality of dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

R. D. Blackmore If luck was against him in that quarter (although he would not own it yet), at York and Flamborough it was not so. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry Fielding You see, madam, an instance in the generous behaviour of my friend James, how false are all universal satires against humankind. Amelia by Henry Fielding

It was not till she got into the little room, after knocking up against the furniture, that she was able to light a small lamp. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

But I did not want to hold out any longer against my own heart! I could not. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jack London And El–Soo measured him against many men and found him good. Lost Face by Jack London

I came here to see the white man that helped Lakamba against Patalolo, who is my friend. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

A slight click of the tongue against his teeth informed Athos of the Gascon’s uneasiness. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Victor Hugo They had struck against some hidden buttress which they had not felt in the midst of the convulsive fury of the wind which was tossing them. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

William Godwin Soon after Faustus retired from Inspruck. Meanwhile the knight, having conceived a high resentment against the conjuror, waylaid him with seven horsemen on the road by which he had to pass. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Andrew Lang We must remember, too, that a series of such hits increases, at an enormous rate, the odds against accidental conjecture. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope As to the charge of deceit which the Earl had made against him, he told himself that the Earl had made it in anger. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

And therefore those that cite this verse against Homer, The season, not the field, bears fruit, do not justly reprehend him. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Henry James In the midst of it suddenly, on the great terrace of the Chateau, he encountered M. de Mauves, planted there against the parapet and finishing a cigar. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

D. H. Lawrence Softly she lifted the latch; the door was still bolted, and hard against her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell Margaret’s whole soul rose up against him while he reasoned in this way — as if commerce were everything and humanity nothing. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Here I am on a Shadow inhabited by Shades. How helpless a man is against the Shades! How is one to intimidate, persuade, resist, assert oneself against them? I have lost all belief in realities . Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H. G. Wells The Cadi warmed up against Mary Clarkson. “In the decent past a woman who kept a house of this sort would have been hounded out of the village. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Robert Louis Stevenson I go against all my gods, and say it is not worth while to massacre yourself over the last few pages of a rancid yarn, that the reviewers will quite justly tear to bits. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jacques Futrelle Seated on a couch in one corner of the ambassador’s office was Mr. Grimm. He was leaning against the high arm of leather, with his feet on the seat, thoughtfully nursing his knees. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

But Mr. Vigors, already so bitterly prejudiced against me, and not sorry, perhaps, to subject me to the humiliation of so horrible a charge, immediately issued his warrant to search my house. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Henry Handel Richardson He paused on a suspension bridge, and leaning over the railing, gazed up the river into the distance, at the horizon and its trees, delicate and feathery in their nakedness against the sky. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Stur About this time too the very elements, against which we had so long been contending, seemed to unite their energies to render our stay in that dreadful region still more intolerable. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Elizabeth Gaskell But she alternately dreaded and fired up against the workmen, who commented not on her dress, but on her looks, in the same open fearless manner. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Jules Verne The doctor reacted against the gloominess of the situation and retained all the coolness and self-possession of a disciplined heart. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

H. G. Wells I thought we were just up against Reedly. I thought it would be easy to deal with him when the time came. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Sinclair Lewis She was slow in the serving of breakfast, looked dizzy, often pressed her hand against her side. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Ivan Turgenev But why have you no moustache?” “It’s against the regulations. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

As Miss Butterworth is a woman of great discretion I should think her explanation the truest, if I did not consider her a little prejudiced against Mrs. Van Burnam. “But to return to myself. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Elaine de Frey had known very clearly what qualities she had wanted in Comus, and she had known, against all efforts at self-deception, that he fell far short of those qualities. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

He was to be the champion of the old Church against the King, but what cared Lord Avelard and his like for the Church, save as a prop to their own fortunes? . The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Well, I am afraid, Mr. Haywood, Fate has decided against you. Into the Outer Darkness by Guy Boothby

What is that?” She jumped from her chair, and swooped upon the Spanish–Roman water-colour Annie had stood against some books on the table, pending its final disposition. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Tressa Norne leaned back against the stanchion and closed her eyes. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

She approached the casket and after leaning her face against the cold glass for a moment was gently led to a seat near her daughter. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Even the lamentable Mr. Jones, who had “set himself against” so many Riff customs, had never set himself against “Miss Amy’s marrer. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Abraham Merri Now it beat up against that barrier as a bird against the bars of its cage. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

H.P. Lovecraft I say to you againe, doe not call up Any that you can not put downe; by the Which I meane, Any that can in Turne call up Somewhat against you, whereby your Powerfullest Devices may not be of use. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Thomas Love Peacock You may fight like Hercules against Achelous, but I shall flourish the Bacchic thyrsus, which changed rivers into wine: as Nonnus sweetly sings, [Greek text]. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Sinclair Lewis The salary would be twenty-five hundred dollars a yearagainst the fifteen or sixteen hundred Martin was making in Wheatsylvania. Proper recommendations were desired. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Guy de Maupassant They had been standing close against the wall, so as not to be seen from within, and they waited. The Rabbit (Le Lapin) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

I don’t say anything against them. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

She was on her knees; and pressing one hand against her breast, she reverently crossed herself from time to time with the other. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

I reckon they wouldn’t stand up against what we could show them in the U-nited States. But I have met the Frau von Einem, and that lady’s a very different proposition. Greenmantle by John Buchan

She protested warmly against the Captain’s lamentation respecting his age. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle If ye would see your wives and children again, make that hedge good against the horsemen. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Do you think that this d —— d baron adores you? What would you say if you heard that he was conspiring against us?” “I should answer with a shrug of the shoulders. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Gustave Flauber The Barbarians came crushing against it; — and for some minutes there was an oscillation throughout the army, which became weaker and weaker, and at last ceased. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

George Gissing You being secure against Lady Ogram’s displeasure, I have, of course, no right to ask you to take a part in such a proceeding—which naturally you would feel to be unworthy of you. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

John Locke The other objection I find urged against the beginning of polities, in the way I have mentioned, is this, viz. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then he cantered after his men, and the old soldier leaned back against the rock and drew in the fragrant smoke. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Walter Scott But there lies our own glove; we appeal him to the combat in respect of the evidence we brought forth against him. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

James Joyce If he had suffered, more sinned against than sinning, or even, even, if he had been himself a sinner, a wicked man, she cared not. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Robert Green Ingersoll I can sin against my brother or my neighbor, because I can injure them. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing It’s against my wish, but the relief makes it an irresistible temptation. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle It could not be denied, however, that there were points in the man’s favour, and that the case against him consisted entirely of circumstantial evidence. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

Virginia Woolf As he raised it against the light he smiled. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Marjorie Bowen The good fortune is miraculous, for we were brought out into the house of a man mad against Visconti, and thinking of nothing but revenge. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Willa Cather Fred dropped back against the old stonework and laughed deep in his chest. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edith Wharton She knew the hour of her probation had come, and her poor heart beat wildly against its destiny. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

E. F. Benson It was in no sense a designed revolt against the conventions of the day in literature and living: it merely disregarded them, was unconscious of them. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

So that altogether time was against him; the first condition of the universe was against him. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The mists rolled over his head and the frozen rain stung his cheeks and pattered against his leather clothes. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I heard the surf thundering against the cliffs, and the gray gulls squealed as they tossed and turned high in the sky. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Henry Fielding As to bail, I would not have you flatter yourself; for I knows very well there are other things coming against you. Amelia by Henry Fielding

I told him it was my sister, and that she was being kidnapped against her will; Sam also appealed to him. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

John Galsworthy Alone in the silent darkening pit Adrian sat cross-legged, with the dead man’s head resting against him. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

There’s nothing on earth that will stand against water. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Meredith Hard against the furnace core Holds the Queen her streaming eyes: Lo! that thing of piteous gore In the lap of radiance lies, Red of heat, as when He takes, White of heat, whom earth forsakes. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Ford Madox Ford Then Christopher had told a dealer called Hudnut that he could have that jar and some others as against a little carting service. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Marjorie Bowen No one put forward my side of the question, but unable to find the least evidence against me they have released me. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Guy de Maupassant She listened to him without replying, for she was thinking of the other; she thought she was listening to the other, and thought she felt him leaning against her, in a kind of hallucination. The Awakening (Reveil) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Rosette alone became extremely pale and leaned against the wall, as if a sudden revelation were passing through her brain; she went through the same experience as myself in the opposite direction. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

You’ve got to wise up about Gresson with the whole forces of the British State arrayed officially against you. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

The police in possession; there’s a warrant out against him already! The idiots think that window wasn’t genuine, and the warrant’s out. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Anthony Trollope Death shall be welcome to me,” and he raised his hands to heaven, and then dashed them against his breast. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Why do you suspect me?’ ‘Because,’ said he, in his abject bitterness, all the world is against me. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle I observed that two other guns, old rusted weapons, were leaning against the wall beside the window. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

It was absolutely to Catalina herself that he advanced; whom, for many reasons, he could not be supposed to recognise—lapse of years, male attire, twilight, were all against him. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then a wave of weariness broke against him. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

You’ll find him in Wandsworth Churchyard. That’s where he is living now!’ “The policeman’s tone was jocular, Ballingall’s appearance was against him. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Anthony Trollope In truth, the tongue of the landlady of the Three Honest Men was potential in those parts, and was very bitter against Sam and his sister. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

One had to say something if only to assert oneself against that wearisome, passionless and crushing uproar. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Then he tiptoed up to the first floor and made a round of inspection of all doors against which he had placed his plasticene. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

H.P. Lovecraft But always I shall guard against the mocking and insatiate Hypnos, lord of sleep, against the night sky, and against the mad ambitions of knowledge and philosophy. Hypnos by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Then he stood over against her, strong and heavy in his revolt, and though he said nothing, still she felt his anger and heavy impatience grip hold of her, she was shaken again as out of a torpor. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant I rested there, a little fearful, with my head leaning against the wall, my eyes wide open under the shade of the foliage. Who Knows? (Qui sait ?) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Sinclair Lewis The moon-tipped flakes kicked up by the horses settled over the revelers and dripped down their necks, but they laughed, yelped, beat their leather mittens against their chests. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

And if I did not openly protest against it — if I did not show my indignation — it was only because contradiction drives my father to the verge of frenzy. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

We were to be tied to the chariot-wheels of this fury, and started on an enterprise compared to which fighting against our friends at Kut seemed tame and reasonable. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Ford Madox Ford It becomes woman against man: against one man. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

H. G. Wells After one last ambiguous attempt on the part of London, Washington and Geneva to avert the disaster, France declared war against the Central European alliance in 1943. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Both movements foundered in an hour, through surprises, against which each had been amply forewarned. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

H. G. Wells He was thrust against the wall, and a number of people blundered past him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell And if he were a clever man, and loved me, the whole world, weighed in the balance against his smallest wish, should be light as air. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

H. G. Wells Universities lock themselves against us. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

And, after that day, Gerard recovered his spirits, and seemed to carry a secret talisman against all the gibes and the harsh words that flew about his ears at home. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edith Wharton On the lower slopes the larches were turning to pale gold, and the bare cliffs burned with an intenser fire against a sky as hard as metal. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

But the royalists came back as the party of reaction, reaction of the spirit of the world against asceticism, of self-indulgence against duty, of materialism against idealism. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

It’s so much paint and time against money. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

It was the struggle of De Guiche against the wild boar, and absolutely nothing else; only the struggle was a long and a terrible one, it seems. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George MacDonald A few minutes more, and I could discern, against the pale aurora, the wall-towers of a city — seemingly old as time itself. Lilith by George MacDonald

The vermicelli soup, which was nearly cold, was gulped down very quickly, their lips making a hissing noise against the spoons. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

I knew he fought well against the English. But more I cannot tell you. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells The last few yards was a frightful struggle against this faintness. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

So he was fearing now that, if the owner of the car were the only one of the three to be detained, no opportunity of proving anything against the other two would ever be given to the police. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

His spirits were so high that he knocked over little boys and tumbled against fashionable young men, who drew themselves up in stiff amazement as the big fellow dashed past them. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Bertram, where is Lady Harcourt?” Bertram did not answer at once, but stood with his back still against the chimney-piece, thinking what answer he would give. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

William Henry Hudson The earth was white, not with snow, but with hoar frost; the distant trees, clothed by the frozen moisture as if with a feathery foliage, looked misty against the whitey-blue wintry sky. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

The people were beginning to clamour publicly against Cruz’s misrule. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Guy de Maupassant I was married against my inclination once and I know what suffering it causes. A Parricide (Un parricide) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

William Blades Some few yards off were the Britishers, provided with heaps of small books as missiles, with which they kept up a skirmishing cannonade against the foe. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

George Gissing A head was leaning against her, and she bent down to lay hers against it. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

D. H. Lawrence Her green dress reflected in the silver, against the red of the firelight. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

William Makepeace Thackeray In those days, and by those people who so bitterly attacked the son, no word was ever breathed against the father, simply because he was a good husband, and a sober, thrifty, pious, orderly man. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

I took a long time selecting the book I wanted, to let myself calm down and, also, in the hope that I should not run up against him again when I went out. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Henry Adams Evarts was anxious to fix on a line of argument that should have a chance of standing up against that of Judge Curtis, and was puzzled to do it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

He started, and disengaged himself from La Valliere, whom he had, till that moment, held pressed against his heart. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Meredith Bruised and disfigured, it stood up still, and fought against them. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Eliot At last she said, with a passionate assertion of her conviction, as much against herself as against him — “That seems right — at first; but when I look further, I’m sure it is not right. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Kenneth Grahame He ran up against things, he fell over things and into things, he darted under things and dodged round things. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

H.P. Lovecraft At last he saw the tower plain against the southwest, and a huge stone bulk rose darkly at the end of an alley. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Then as Madame de Sauve was late he imprudently put his face against the window pane on the first floor, and I had no further doubt. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Lygodium articulatum moves against the sun. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

An ungallant cavalier deliberately stopped Mrs. Elton by riding up against her. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anthony Trollope And if you can arrange that, stand for the county against him; perhaps you may be beaten. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Against my own convictions, against my own wishes, I yielded. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

He had been stolid and dour in his other misfortunes, had taken them as they came, calmly; he was not the man to whine and cry out against the angry heavens. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

The lawn was rapidly deserted, and save for the still flickering flames fighting against the steady rain all signs of anything untoward vanished. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

George Meredith In the assurance of the approaching term he stood braced against a blowing world; happy as men are when their muscles are strung for a prize they pluck with the energy and aim of their whole force. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Thomas Paine Their Parliamentary language, whether for or against a question, is free, bold and manly, and extends to all the parts and circumstances of the case. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Everyone was quite certain that Kitty was guilty, but there was a strong feeling against M. Vandeloup as having been in some measure the cause, though indirectly, of the crime. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope If you think you can let out your passion against me, as you do against your own people, you’ll find your mistake out very soon; so you’d betther mind what you’re saying. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Thus the two of us together were like two different musical instruments playing against one another in two different tempos to produce a single intricacy of rhythm. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Paine And what is a Tory? Good God! what is he? I should not be afraid to go with a hundred Whigs against a thousand Tories, were they to attempt to get into arms. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Arnold Bennett When disobeyed Edwin would show a taciturn resentment against the boy, who would sulk and then melt. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Andrew Lang By some we are won with our will, by others conquered against our desire. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Henry James Our point is accordingly that he valued this character quite sufficiently to measure his present danger of letting it lapse, against which he promised himself to be much on his guard. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Thomas Hardy Their presence was denoted by sounds as of a congregation praying humbly, produced by their rubbing against each other in the slow wind. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather Didn’t I see him take the horn off the Berquist’s cow when she had torn it loose and went crazy? She was tearing all over the place, knocking herself against things. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Anthony Trollope The Cunard ships never are dashed against rocks. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

W. W. Jacobs Ten minutes later the Frolic was rubbing against his side. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

George Gissing Emma knelt down by him, and rested her head against his shoulder. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry Lawson My mate and I sat down on our swags against the fence to talk things over. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

I don’t specially love the Portugoose, but I’m for him against the Germans every day. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Virginia Woolf Suddenly the postman says unexpectedly, “It’s against the regulations to take any one with the post”. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Hearts poetic in our eagles Shall beat up against the sun And strike downward in articulate clear singing. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Willa Cather I’m afraid I do set people against him, as he says. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

On the realization he stood still; against these adversaries it was no use battling like a frightened child. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Maria Edgeworth Forester resolutely persisted in his determination against all clandestine practices. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Robert Louis Stevenson I asked my boatman what it should be, and he answered he supposed it was some of the red soldiers coming from Fort William into Appin, against the poor tenantry of the country. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve brought a rifle for you, too,” and he bent down from his horse and leant one up against the door. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

H. G. Wells If he attempted to move he fell over things or stuck himself against walls or doors. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Somewhere in the distance shouting fell against the mirrors and died on the floor. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Margaret Oliphant Marlborough House! He felt himself grow red all over, with a burning shame, and anger against fate. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Charles Dickens No punishment that our inefficient laws provide, is worthy of the name when set against the guilt of this transaction. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Hunting about, I found a box leaning against the kitchen side, and, bringing it, I helped her up and soon had her on a level with the window. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells His chest struck against her shoulder and he slipped down beside her and lay still. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

The ubiquitous Muraviov was appointed commander of the war against the Cossacks, and a Red Army was recruited from among the factory workers. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Robert Louis Stevenson It had been set apart against Jean-Marie’s wedding. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Richard Hakluy The 20th, the wind came directly against us, so they altered their purpose, and reasoned both for proceeding and returning. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

George Gissing He was less at his ease than on the tiled floor of the conservatory; the dried mud upon his boots showed brutally against the dark carpet, disposing him to savage humorousness. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

I saw that she erected herself not into a judge, but into a guardian, against the dangers of our youth and our romance. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu No one, of course, can stand against a barefaced swindle, like this thing. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Nathaniel Hawthorne As I did not immediately offer to receive the letter, she drew it back, and held it against her bosom, with both hands clasped over it, in a way that had probably grown habitual to her. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Thomas Hardy I cannot go against my principles in this matter, and I cannot make my profession a mockery. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Oscar Wilde Yet did it not prevail against him, so great was the power of his love. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Wilkie Collins The inherited energy showed itself in furious protest against the inherited evil. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

John Galsworthy I shan’t be here to see it, but there’s too much topsy-turvydom in marriage; I don’t want her to pitch up against that. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells A poor old man he was indeed in those concluding years, weakly rebellious against the firm kindliness of my cousin, his housekeeper and nurse. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

It seemed hard that the only real peccadillo of which I had been guilty should be cropping up against me after all this lapse of time. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

G. K. Chesterton It is against the snow that we see the flaming mediaeval figures; and especially that memorable figure who (like Campbell of Glenure) had no right to have red hair when he was dead. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Moghilev had declared against the Bolsheviki. At Kiev the Cossacks had overthrown the Soviets and arrested all the insurrectionary leaders. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

His brother’s life hung in the balance against his fame, and he could not but choose life for him. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

R. D. Blackmore Bearing up against the waves, he stowed his long knife away, and then struck off for the shore with might and main. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

But first, at Holloway’s own suggestion, they all three again bound handkerchiefs over mouth and nose as a partial protection against the thrice-vile fumes rising from beneath their feet. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence The little Jewess had a burning indignation against her first husband. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

With a heart hardened against begging impostors, and under the influence of the shock rudely given to my absorbing dreams, I answered more hardly than was my wont. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

T. E. Lawrence We went over the ridge and down to the base of the shapely cone, whose mural crown was the ring-wall of the old castle of Monreale, very noble against the night sky. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Her whole being rose up against him in sudden passionate antagonism horrible to bear. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Guy de Maupassant Was it possible that he could not have seen, not have dreamed! Oh! if that could be true, if he had rubbed against such good fortune without laying hold of it! He said to himself: “I wish to know. Regret by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

You can play one off against the other. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence The light grew stronger, gushing up against the dark sap-hire of the transparent night. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith She’s a noble woman: I would not change her against the best in the land. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Even the mournful dignity of Elinor’s demeanour, — her deep dejection, — her bows or brief replies, — were unavailing against the gentle but indefatigable importunity of the intruder. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Gissing A very high collar kept his head up against his will; his necktie was crimson, and passed through a brass ring; he wore a silver watch-chain, or what seemed to be such. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Now their animus against Gourlay prompted them to back it up. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Well, well, true to oneself — ” Placing the oar against the side of the boat, he took up his gun and shot at a Chinaman on a roof. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope I cannot add to his unhappiness by taking part against him. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Their position in the social structure, too, was all against clear-sightedness in material matters. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

These discs, however, increase greatly in size, if they press against and adhere to any surface. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Robert Green Ingersoll Q. Does the Bible uphold polygamy? A. “The law of Moses did not forbid it, but contained many provisions against its worst abuses, and such as were intended to restrict it within narrow limits. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Sir Walter Scott For the truth of this custom, he quoted the chronicle of Antwerp and that of St. Martin; against which authorities Lovel had nothing to oppose, having never heard of them till that moment. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

William Hope Hodgson And there was a little strength come into me, and I gat my head up somewhat from the ground, and did peer among the trees; and my head did be too heavy, and my face came against the earth once more. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The formless longing was now pulling at me with an attraction I could not deny, though within me there rose and fought against it a horror only less strong. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Walter Scott I would pray for thee, Hamish, and I must know against what evils I should beseech Him who leaves none unguarded, to protect thy youth and simplicity. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]