Phrases with "against"

Gaston Leroux We can never have too many arms, public or private, against the criminal. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

George Eliot Our moral sense learns the manners of good society and smiles when others smile, but when some rude person gives rough names to our actions, she is apt to take part against us. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

I might diplomatise and plot against you, but I am not base enough for that; though, I dare say, I could stoop to a good deal that is despicable for the sake of my son. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry Kingsley She was in a furious passion against her father, against all the world. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

As I walked along its shores, disturbing the vegetation, they rose in clouds, and kept tapping, in dozens at a time, against my hands and face, in the most disagreeable manner. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We failed, and we’re up against it hard. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

D. H. Lawrence And when he swayed to the cart, he swayed in a voluptuous, lingering way, against her, lingering as he swung away to recover balance. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Lifting his knife he struck the heavy hilt against the metal plate with all his power. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

So sharp were their swords, that naught might avail against them. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Steele Rudd Callaghan kicked it up against the rails. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Elizabeth Gaskell And I think I could bear up against — at any rate, I could have the energy to resent, Mrs. Thornton’s unjust, impertinent suspicions. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

I have wept and fasted and prayed against this day, and in my folly I despaired, because I saw no great array, as I had dreamed, trooping from the west. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Thomas Hardy Meanwhile Dr. Grove, attracted by the noise of the volley, had rushed out into his garden, where he saw his wretched daughter lying motionless against the wall. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Ralph Waldo Emerson Religion or worship is the attitude of those who see this unity, intimacy, and sincerity; who see that, against all appearances, the nature of things works for truth and right forever. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

His head struck against a fragment of stone: a concussion of the brain ensued; and a fortnight afterwards, he was enclosed beside his father, in the ancestral vault. Lodore by Mary Shelley

James Hogg He questioned her strictly as to the grievous offence committed against her, and could discover nothing that warranted a procedure so fraught with disagreeable consequences. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Virginia Woolf Opposite the house against the railings of the square was a group in evening dress. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Anthony Trollope But in thus making good his retreat he had been unable to keep in a direct line to the gate, and there seemed to be great danger lest the bull should succeed in pressing him up against the hedge. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anna Katherine Green Whether circumstances aided them, or Spencer took some extraordinary precautions against being recognised, will never be known. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

The house was no more than a shadowy diagram; all the solidity had vanished, and a mere arrangement of lines showed against the wild background. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

To our enthusiasm for Thomas she added a personal bitterness against the Wild Boars, as she persisted in calling them, each time as though it were the first. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

So she invoked God and all his angels to guard her Liz against the evils in her path; that is to say, against not inheriting Lavinia’s fortune when the time came. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Passing the windows, he was silhouetted against the light and it came instantly into Robert’s mind that if ever he had seen a German, he was looking at one then. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Algernon Blackwood They flood the distance like a sea, and yet stand close against my heart and blood. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Edith Wharton Mr. Gaines was roused to the extent of showing a profound resentment against the cause of his disturbance. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Charles Dickens I am not a false, a hollow, or a heartless man; the character is yours, who poorly venture on these injurious terms, against the truth, and under the shelter whereof I reminded you just now. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Now, I can understand why the appearance of a man struggling violently, as it would seem, with an airy nothing, and calling for assistance against a vision, should have appeared ludicrous. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins Laura entered the drawing-room, while I proceeded across the hall, with my letter in my hand, to put it into the post-bag, which hung against the wall opposite to me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He clung with a desperate tenacity to his belief in her purity, and only clung the more tenaciously as the proofs against her became more numerous. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

A gentleman is better than an employer, but an equal partnership against all the ‘yporcrits is the thing for you and me. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H.G. Wells And what will Sir John do?” “He’s dreadful set against the person who did it — destroying property like that — and sort of slapping his arrangements in the face. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Edith Wharton Though they were close at hand, he saw them in a blur, against which Fulvia’s figure suddenly detached itself. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

There was grass there, straight, slender stems of it, growing in delicate silhouette against that low, mysterious light. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Fate tried one last throw of the dice against Lady Mentone that afternoon. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Anthony Trollope I did not think that you, Mrs. Roden, would turn against me. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle Grotesque graves dot the hills or stand up against the sky-line: pyramidal graves, tumulus graves, rock graves,— everywhere, graves. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Grandfather stood with his back against the warm tiles of the stove, and talked to himself. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Morrison The things were not altogether comfortable, he found; the trousers clung tight against his shins, but hung loose behind his heels; and when he sat, it was on a wilderness of hard folds and seams. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Said that he was innocent of the mutiny, and that the accusation against him was false. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Gissing As a force, Egremont would not have weighed in the scale against Dalmaine. Putting himself in conscious opposition to such a man, he had but his due in a sense of nullity. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Basil went along this to a lounge which was almost up against their table and sat down. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had no more defense against Andrews than she had had against the man who had robbed her of Donal. They were both big and powerful, and she was nothing. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing I suppose I must take my degree, and so on, but it will all be against the grain. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Abraham Merri But I myself was struggling desperately against the drugged slumber pressing down upon me. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Henry Lawson He eased down the swag against a post, turned his face to the city, tilted his hat forward, and scratched the well-developed back of his head with a little finger. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

George Gissing For a wonder, the morning was fine, even sunny; a yellow patch glimmered on the worn carpet, and the grime of the window-panes was visible against an unfamiliar sky. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Walter Scott The popular tradition, concerning his reply to Queen Caroline, has been given already, and some fragments of his speech against the Porteous Bill are still remembered. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Arnold Bennett He had hoped against it, but not with faith. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I had traded the fight against love for the fight against loneliness, the fight against life for the fight against death. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle It may not be against you, but I know not what else can have angered him. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Willa Cather I used to think these four walls could stand against anything. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

It was Thorn did the deed, beyond all doubt, and the verdict ought to have been willful murder against him. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

What he could do towards stirring agitation in the North against the war, he did, and he instigated others whose money and connections gave them more power than he possessed. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Charles Dickens I say nothing against the man; he may be a very good fellow, for anything I know; I hope he is. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Moistening his finger, he put it against the leather, and a few grains stuck on to his wet finger. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Lady Wallingford abruptly turned her back and leant her forehead against the door. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Thomas Carlyle One man alone of the whole world believes it; there is one man against all men. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Uledi returned from his expedition against a recusant officer at Kituntu, bringing with him a spoil of ten women. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Andrew Lang On Thursday, November 25, 1779, the first day of the session, Lyttelton overflows in a volcanic speech against the Court. He announces that his place may soon be vacant. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

He made a sudden movement as if to defend himself against a blow. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Gissing The will had been carefully drawn up, and provided against all sorts of real and imaginary dangers. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Dickens So, having come there against my inclination, I went on against it. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Later, no doubt it had been he who had persuaded his fellow jurymen to bring in a verdict of accidental deathagainst the advice of the police. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

George Gissing And, indeed, there seemed much reason for believing that Martin, whatever the extent of his secret doubts, was by temperament armed against agnosticism. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

She was pleading against herself; no matter. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Outside he inhaled damp snowflakes that he could no longer see against the darkening sky. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And from this it plainly appears that injustice to women is one of the mysteries of Allah, against whom it is vain to rebel. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Ah! there is the track; he must have crawled there, or rather that good M. de St. Luc leaned him up against the wall that the blood might not fly to his head. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Caroline Lamb I went over to Ireland:—the gates of the abbey were shut against me. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

In one phase his paint had held its own against bad times and ruinous competition, and it was with the hope of doing still more with the Persis Brand that he now set himself to work. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

It’s against the law to deal in them, and when I was in the intelligence here we used to have a lot of trouble with the vermin. Prester John by John Buchan

She said he was both respected and well liked, with no one having any grievance against him. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

She paled at the thought of an approaching conflict; for she knew her father was against her, and that there must be hard fighting. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Jane Austen He little surmised that it was a subject acting now exactly against his interest, bringing immediately to her thoughts all those parts of his conduct which were least excusable. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Still, the sparrows have by no means conquered, and in the wilder places the catbird makes common cause with the bluebird and the redbird, and holds its own against them. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

No answer came; and the Englishman, thus abandoned solely to his own resources, felt his spirit and energy rise against the danger. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Anthony Trollope She was no longer sobbing now, but was hardening herself against her aunt. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Abraham Merri Sword against sword, hammers and battleaxes beating at them, horses trampling them. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Meredith And bolt and chain the house-door to-night against Cecil Baskelett; he informs me that he has taken possession. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

When he first arrived at Baron’s Court, Miss Owenson was absent, and he heard so much of her praises that he conceived a violent prejudice against her. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Henry Handel Richardson What were the people up to? What cabal had they formed against him? That some shady trick was being played him, he did not for a moment doubt. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

William Makepeace Thackeray In Oliver’s time it was too late for a chief of the name of Barry to lift up his war-cry against that of the murderous brewer. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

It is against modern thought to compel a prisoner to do anything that he doesn’t want to. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

M. P. Shiel He was, indeed, very deeply hurt, and said to me with a meekness that made my heart ache: “I shall never again act against your judgment, Arthur, in such a matter. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

D. H. Lawrence And suddenly she put her face against his shoulder, he was stooping down to her, holding her against him, and she cried aloud for a moment or two. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Yet we have gone against the ordinary rule, and people would make us suffer for it — or me, at all events. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope He was now standing up against the fireplace, sucking a lemon. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am not in this land for knight errantry, but I am here to make head against the King’s enemies. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

I won’t say anything hackneyed about so fair a one; for women are showing us nowadays that there are no regions of art closed against them. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Miles Franklin Mrs. Crasterton said that I must guard against any irreverence for things that mattered or I would not succeed socially. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Edith Wharton His heart swelled, but not against them: they seemed to him no more accountable than cowed hunger-driven animals. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Gissing His wife kept her listening attitude unchanged; her eyes ‘dreamed against a distant goal. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Edith Wharton He stood in the porch repeating to himself: “Laura Lou, Laura Lou,” as if the name were a magic formula against destruction. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

He had so many tangled skeins to unravel, and in whichsoever direction his thoughts travelled, they were soon, so very soon, brought up against a dead wall. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Don’t bear a grudge, Jack. You can’t have any feeling for the child—it’s against nature. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Borrow As we passed along the walks these horrible insects flew against us in every direction, and perished by hundreds beneath our feet. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope But any such parting word would be false, and the falsehood would be against his own child! ‘Does she expect it?’ he said, in a low voice, when his wife came up to him as he was dressing. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She nestled up to the window, and leaned her head against the wooden shaft. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Julian Hawthorne Nevertheless I felt an unreasonable anger against him. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Sir Walter Scott You must prepare against to-morrow for your last sufferings here, and your great audit hereafter. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

His head struck against the bars of the grate, and a spurt of flame caught his hair. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

This time, however, he had a black eye, just a friendly slap he had run up against in a playful moment. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

You can just get the general effect against the sky. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

He would dash it against the rock. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Without the help of the ants that succoured Psyche against Venus that heap would indeed be ill to sort. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Lady Ermyntrude lacks money, and we must have it against the King’s coming, so give me that which is right and just, and we will say no more. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

D. H. Lawrence Her breast came against his; he held her, and covered her face with kisses. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Mary Webb Bitter hatred of Edward possessed him, silent fury against fate, relentless determination to get Hazel whether she would or not. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

G. K. Chesterton He was still looking at this dwindling figure, which stood as a mere grey blot touched with a white flame against the great green wall of the steep down behind him. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

The sentry, meanwhile, took up his position against the pedestal of a mutilated statue close by, and leaned upon his musket. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Abraham Merri There was a roaring within my head — louder, far louder, than that which beat against my ears. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

He hoped that imminent danger might be revealed to him, like those phosphoric lights of the tempest which show the sailors the altitude of the waves against which they have to struggle. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

A motion directed against him in the House of Lords was passed by a substantial majority. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

George Meredith A defensive stroke, protecting him against his fair one’s violent charge of horse, warded off an implied attack upon Old England, in Old England’s best-humoured easy manner. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Kelly nodded and the captain at once began to press lightly against the glass with his blanket. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Maria Edgeworth Here, sir, I will rest my cause; but I might farther plead —’” “Plead no more for or against me, Mowbray,” interrupted I, angrily turning from him, for I could bear it no longer. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

After finishing copying the letter, he closed the little table-desk and pushed it back to its place against the wall, and had carried the letter and the copy into the office. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Her brother fell against the door-post. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Anthony Trollope He can’t be sent to Australia against his will. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope If your father had not —’ ‘Do not speak against my father. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

In a visible peril observation is a kind of defense; against the unseen we lift a trembling hand. What Occurred at Franklin by Ambrose Bierce [1906]

No doubt the instantaneous impact of both wings against the sand gives the initial impetus. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

William Shakespeare That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Whatever cold judgment might say against the meeting, I could not live in my present anxiety. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

It was long odds, I thought, against the old man noticing anything. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Gissing The trees run in two noble rows over against the houses of the town, forming, as it were, a natural temple. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Jack London I tried, and tried vainly, to split my personality into two personalities and to pit one against the other. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells Slap against the government and with all the natural instincts of the people behind us. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle Wade and his footmen did bravely, and had the best of it against the King’s troops. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edgar Allan Poe Nor is it any argument against bulk being an object with God, that space itself is infinite; for there may be an infinity of matter to fill it. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells And you could forbid it — make it against the etiquette. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Charles Dickens A keen wind was blowing, and rushed against them fiercely: bleaching the hard ground, shaking the white frost from the trees and hedges, and whirling it away like dust. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Elizabeth Gaskell Frank still sat, with his head buried in his hands against the table, listening. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Men who are up against the real thing save their breath for action. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Walter Scott Every circumstance was against me in this negotiation. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At first he simply admitted that his wrongness had made him powerless — as it had made him powerless against Gilly — but eventually his mistake about the workman influenced his entire attitude. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Arthur Conan Doyle He alone had no desire to hold us against our will in a strange land. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Anatole France They own themselves that virtue is against nature, and going further on that opinion they cannot condemn an action of whatever kind, for what is common to it and virtue alike. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

What had I to fear if the police did come? They had nothing against me, no proof of anything, and if I stuck to my story, they could not get behind it. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Anthony Hope A moment later it rang home against the wall on my side of the moat. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

It was a vast monster, moving in the waters against the stream and toward the boat. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Virginia Woolf Such is the indomitable nature of the spirit of the age, however, that it batters down anyone who tries to make stand against it far more effectually than those who bend its own way. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

The men I was matched against would miss no detail. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Elizabeth Gaskell No one, not even her husband, must ever know anything against her father from her. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

She was like Job in his despair, and cried aloud to the Supreme Himself in a gloomy protest against her anguish. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Men won’t go against themselves. Mother by Maksim Gorky

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

Anthony Trollope When he supported himself, half-sitting against the pillows, he was in a continual tremor; and yet, as he boasted, he could still lift his glass steadily to his mouth. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

He drew her against him, and, as she seemed to expect it, tilted her face back and kissed her. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser Why should there be any discrimination against him? He really did not think it possible. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson Soundly rang his laugh at any jest against himself. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton They were big and black against the huge white dawn. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

A fortnight or three weeks’ march leads to an open country, a land of metalliferous hills, where the people barter their goods against gunpowder and weapons, brought by traders from the east. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

He was leaning against the trunk with one hand, in an attitude of repose. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Rudyard Kipling All this time the head was “lip-lip-lapping” against the side of the basin, and speaking. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He scrunched his pillow hard, lay down, and put the back of his neck against it as a Japanese does to slow the circulation, and slept again for a time. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mark Twain They will say it when they get home, fast enough, but why should they not? They do not wish to array themselves against all the Lamartines and Grimeses in the world. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope The next morning there reached Matching a letter which greatly added to his bitterness of spirit against the world in general and against her in particular. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Here I foresee that you may pass much happy time; against a good adversary a game may well continue for a month; for with armies so considerable three moves will occupy an hour. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft When a fumbling came in the nearer casements he crept around to the west again, flattening himself against the wall beside the now opened windows. The Strange High House in the Mist by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson It keeps the mind occupied a long time, and never so intently as to be distressing; for anything like strain is against the very nature of the craft. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Last night I sat up fully dressed, awaiting the result of the doctor’s labours, and prepared against the worst. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells So many poor girls, so many lads also, do not get a fair chance against the adult world. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Oliver Goldsmith Instead of that he took every opportunity of privately admonishing me against the artifices of Mr Thornhill, who I now find was even worse than he represented him. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Mr. Marchmont had built his painting-room against the side of the pavilion, in such a manner as to shut in the staircase and doorway which formed the only entrance to it. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

If you happen to run up against him in my house, may I take it that you will behave towards him with common politeness? . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

M. P. Shiel At one point, where the largest of the porticoes projected, the mansion began at every revolution to bump with horrid shiverings against some obstruction. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

D. H. Lawrence And as if a wind tossed him he got up and hobbled over to her, one shoe off and one shoe on, and took her in his arms, pressing her against his body, which somehow felt hurt right through. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He had not been making any definite scheme, to be carried into immediate execution against any individual. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Benjamin Disraeli Then she leaned against a cabinet in thought. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Henry Handel Richardson Even the innocent kiss she had once openly incited him to, and on the score of which she had been so exaggeratedly angry—this, too, was summoned to bear witness against her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Ford Madox Ford Tietjens worked their steps as firmly towards the right and they leant one against the other. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Ford Madox Ford Moreover, influencing him against his mother’s doctrines, she had forced him to drink wine, by an effect of pure scorn. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

But at present it was hoping against hope, for there were no funds with which to make a commencement. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

His heart swelled indignantly at the sarcasms which these strangers levelled against his native country; he felt as if he was acting a coward’s part while he listened tamely. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope But, mother, do not speak against her if you can say nothing worse of her than that she is poor. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Sarah Orne Jewett As we looked upward, the tops of the firs came sharp against the blue sky. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

H. G. Wells They gave dinners against each other, they discovered young artists against each other, they went to first-nights and dressed against each other. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Meredith Only the footman appeared at that early hour, and his countenance was blank whitewash as he stood rigid against the wall for the lady to pass. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

He was standing with his plump white-clad behind balanced against the veranda rail, and sometimes gesticulating. Burmese Days by George Orwell

It was merely one symptom of her revolt against the Party and all its ways, and somehow it seemed natural and healthy, like the sneeze of a horse that smells bad hay. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

James Joyce But, gramercy, what of those Godpossibled souls that we nightly impossibilise, which is the sin against the Holy Ghost, Very God, Lord and Giver of Life? For, sirs, he said, our lust is brief. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Mark Twain Perfectly secure now, against failing to accomplish any detail of the pilgrimage, they felt like drawing in advance upon the holiday soon to be placed to their credit. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Edith Wharton They were later than usual, and instead of taking the bicycle to the library she propped it against the back of the wood-shed and entered the kitchen of the red house. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Jonathan Swift Those who are against any peace without Spain seem likewise to have been mistaken in judging our victories and other successes to have been of greater consequence than they really were. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Charles Kingsley Elsley had wandered, he hardly knew how or whither, for his calling to Mellot was the merest blind — stumbling over rocks, bruising himself against tree-trunks, to this wall. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Edith Wharton She sank into the chair by the fire and let her head rest wearily against the cushion which Justine slipped behind it. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

James Joyce There he tilted his hatbrim to give shade to his eyes and leaned against the doorcase, looking idly out. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D. H. Lawrence And when she thought of him, the old, old grudge against the world rose up, but especially against the masters, that they had killed him. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis God give me a quiet and relentless anger against all pretense and all pretentious work and all work left slack and unfinished. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

H. G. Wells And in another second my helmet came a whack, fit to split, against the niggers’ canoe. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing Yonder maiden, does she breathe the same charge against me?’ ‘Not so,’ replied Gaudiosus. ‘Of you she said no evil. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

A single figure—a half-length figure of Christ bearing the cross, against a background of vivid blue sky. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Wilkie Collins Although I know it to be against all precedent, I want to revolutionise our favourite two sisters. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Ely,” and, so far as he could judge from his hasty glance, it purported to relate to an action brought by Ruth Rosenbaum against Frederic Ely, to recover damages for breach of promise of marriage. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

She fell heavily against the wall, and as the chaplain raised her, he heard the hoof-strokes of the departing horse. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

D. H. Lawrence He saw red, and without knowing, seized her by the shoulder, swung her back, and thrust her, pressed her against the wall as if he would push her through it. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

A. E. W. Mason He was standing against the wall in a line of men. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Charles Kingsley I have nothing against Mr. Thurnall, God knows. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley