Phrases with "backbone"

Jack London Iron, steel, coal, machinery, and transportation constitute the backbone of the whole industrial fabric. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Baldwin Spencer The backbone is almost always represented, as are also the heart and main features of the alimentary canal. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry Handel Richardson As Elsa, however, only waxed more and more listless, she despised her for her want of backbone as roundly as, at bottom, she would have resented any show of independence. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells It is becoming a matter of life and death to the world to straighten that backbone and reduce that frightful nationalist hunch. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

They were discoloured, just awash, and the whole lot was seen just under the water, exactly as a man’s backbone is seen running down the middle of his back under the skin. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Leon Trotsky The backbone of the opposition was a group of old revolutionaries. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope Should there be no son, John Eustace, the brother, would inherit the estates in Yorkshire which had been the backbone of the Eustace wealth. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Prone in the muck of the decaying jungle-floor, Balatta threw herself, clutching his ankles with her hands kissing his feet and making slubbery noises that chilled his backbone up and down again. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

H. G. Wells The red body of the wretched little beast was rent to pieces, many of the ribs stripped white, and the backbone indisputably gnawed. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Olaf Stapledon For him, the Home Guard now appeared as the true backbone of Britain’s defence. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

He was no longer the whisky-sodden Bent, with no backbone and haunted by the bloodied ghost of an old woman. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Baldwin Spencer The trunk and tail are remarkable because they are drawn, as it were, in profile so as to show the backbone running along the right side, the scales on the under surface being also indicated. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

He had trained a few of the village youths to support him in his Negro Minstrel Troupe, which always formed the backbone of the annual concert programme. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Meredith Harry’s backbone straightened immediately. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The backbone of the resistance against Franco was the Spanish working class, especially the urban trade union members. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

Anthony Trollope There was no doubt a feeling with the public that though satire may be very well in its place, it should not be made the backbone of a work so long and so important as this. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

MRS MCELLIGOT: Don’t you get talkin’ about crumpets, Missis. Me bloody belly’s rubbin’ agen me backbone already. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Come and give a cheer for the common-sense man, the good old common man, who’s the real backbone of all of us. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

If Thomas Tennant ever had a backbone he lost it in his cradle! He always used to be afraid of me. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Jack London I have picked berries on the bleak backbone of the world, and I have dug roots to eat from the fat-soiled fens and meadows. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells This would become the common backbone as it were of general human knowledge. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Jack London So have I. So has Morrell. You are a stinking coward, and you haven’t got the backbone and guts to carry out the dirty butcher’s work you’d like to do. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Sarah Orne Jewett Through this piece of rough pasture ran a huge shape of stone like the great backbone of an enormous creature. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Intellect! It was the common factor in all the variations of his spirit; it was the backbone of the wonderful snake. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

We held the battlefield for the rest of that day and the night following, and erected a trophy consisting of a dolphin’s backbone upright. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

T. H. Huxley Here is the skeleton of the Horse, and here the skeleton of the Dog. You will notice that we have in the Horse a skull, a backbone and ribs, shoulder-blades and haunch-bones. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Although the pain had brought the sweat out on his forehead, the worst of all was the fear that his backbone was about to snap. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence She rebelled with all her backbone against the word job. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Baldwin Spencer The Kangaroo men had curious bands running slantwise down their chest and backs and along their legs, which designs were supposed to represent the backbone of the kangaroo. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Ford Madox Ford For a minute Tietjens’ backbone stiffened. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

G. K. Chesterton King John would be represented in a modern play or novel as a kind of degenerate; a shifty-eyed moral maniac with a twist in his soul’s backbone and green blood in his veins. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

John Galsworthy She didn’t sit in a curve, but with a slight hollow in her back, giving the impression of backbone and a poise to her head and neck. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Baldwin Spencer The pelvic region, called parda, is marked by cross lines and has the hind limbs arising from it, and along the right side of the tail the dorsal row of spines is drawn, with the backbone below them. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Margaret Oliphant There is not a mechanical convenience invented but I have it before it is well out of the brain that devised it; and that is how I get on so well with no backbone to speak of. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The inefficiency was disgusting; the thing had no backbone to it — no . The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Jack London Though I take that back, for you and me might be hitting it for there together if you can rustle up the faith in me and the backbone in yourself for the trip. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Jack London The Appeal paid union wages; and, in fact, was the backbone of the town, giving employment to hundreds of men and women. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]