Phrases with "beastly"

John Galsworthy I say, isn’t there anything to be done to prevent a divorce? Why is he so beastly keen on it?” “Hush, my dear!” murmured Emily; “we’re keeping it from your grandfather. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu We are assuredly a beastly people!” “Sugar, please, sir?” “No, thank you. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Rudyard Kipling Poor devil! But he called me a beastly poet, though. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

D. H. Lawrence She felt she had seen through the opening door a crack of sunshine, and thin, pure, light outside air, outside, beyond this dank and beastly dungeon of feelings and moral necessity. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins He was a good creature — except when he had his beastly medical bottles in his hand. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Elizabeth was taken away from school, to continue her education at a succession of cheap, beastly schools, with gaps of a term or two when her father could not pay the fees. Burmese Days by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald CHARLES: (Impatiently) I’m so beastly sick of your human nature line. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton I’ve had a beastly fagging sort of day. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Ford Madox Ford Supported you in grotesque attitudes, even in death! The beastly stuff! The men said that was Lieutenant Constantine. It might well be. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

It was a mean, beastly existence. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Edith Wharton Let me light a cigar, will you? I’ve had a beastly day of it. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Rudyard Kipling I mean it to mean “I’m beastly tired. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Olaf Stapledon Do what he would, he could not help entering imaginatively into ‘that beastly little Jew’. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

And all the time I was thinking to myself how beastly it would be to get a jab with a bally long spear while sticking in the mud like this. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Ford Madox Ford Perhaps the heavy artillery fire of ours that had gone on most of yesterday had been meant to pound the beastly things to pieces. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

It was getting beastly cold, too, but they had walked four miles and the exercise had warmed them. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

That girl in the poem was a duffer for not having made more row; and her lover was a beastly sneak for not ferreting out her hiding-place. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

G. K. Chesterton And I know it sounds mad; but I really felt at the moment I was doing my best for her, in a beastly situation and among a lot of beastly alternatives. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

D. H. Lawrence I’m sure the way she makes out that Mr Mellors was one of those low, beastly men with women, is simply shocking. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

E. Nesbi They got it out of Stalky. And I think it’s a beastly shame. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

E. Phillips Oppenheim The whole place is like a beastly whispering gallery. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Ford Madox Ford Besides, I’m no beastly hero! And I’m a rotten infantry officer. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Ford Madox Ford And then Christopher, without a hat and in a beastly civilian suit of light mulberry-coloured Harris tweed, had burst into the room with a beastly piece of old furniture under his arm. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Radclyffe Hall Milly said; ‘Hallo, Elizabeth!’ and then: ‘What a beastly station this is. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Henry James But of course I’m beastly immoral. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Ford Madox Ford Why isn’t one a beastly girl and privileged to shriek? By God, I’ll get even with some of them one of these days . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Edith Wharton I’m in for a beastly banquet. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

H. G. Wells We’d never repined with these beastly natives, filthy Papuan beasts. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

She gave me a beastly shock when I was no more than fourteen, the very first day — nay, hour — I joined her. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Edith Wharton The young man explained that the Princess Tradeschi had let him down rather badly, and that it was a beastly nuisance, but he really couldn’t give in about his screw. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

George Gissing I’ll go and see how the beastly thing looks. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

D. H. Lawrence Beastly water, beastly water, rolling up so high, breaking all the shells where they lie”— he crooned to himself, crooning a kind of war-croon, malevolent against the malevolence of this ocean. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy She had a beastly time; he was such a — such a slug about his precious rights, and no proper pride either. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence Though what I say is, if he was so beastly to her, why is she so anxious to go back to him? But of course she’s coming near her change of life, for she’s years older than he is. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Unless a beastly cad!” he suggested. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Sinclair Lewis For three months they wandered in Europe. On the first day Joyce had said, “Let’s have this beastly money thing over. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Rudyard Kipling Your house is so beastly slack, though. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Ford Madox Ford He was ready to be hit by iron, steel, lead, copper, or brass shell rims, but not by beastly splinters of stone knocked off house fronts. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Anthony Trollope Does Fidus ever indulge in a weed?’ ‘He never indulges in anything,’ said Alaric. ‘Except honesty,’ said the other, ‘and in that he is a beastly glutton. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim We have been spending a good deal of money it seems—one way and another, and I have dropped a lot, racing—a beastly lot when you add it all up. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Virginia Woolf They’ve put him into some beastly mining business. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

John Galsworthy Your son, if you have one, may be a pure altruist; who knows?” “He won’t be like me, then, Dad; I’m beastly selfish. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

James Joyce Man looking round, beastly expression, fishy eyes, paralleliped homoplatts, ghazometron pondus, exhibits rage. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence Or Kangaroo. “Why am I so beastly to Kangaroo?” said Richard to himself. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James You know they always dine so beastly early. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Sinclair Lewis I can chuck all these beastly clubs and everything. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

The oil in the lamp was giving out and it was getting beastly cold. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Of course, they get beastly intoxicated, and suffer a day or two of illness afterwards, a very just punishment. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

I didn’t know I was so near this beastly island, there must be a drift to the south’ard here; and when I came on deck this morning at eight bells, I thought it was a ship afire. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

D. H. Lawrence Yes, imagine it! That’s what we’ve got the place together for, is it, to be bossed and bullied by a hateful, red-faced boy, a beastly labourer. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe He was drunk — beastly drunk — he could no longer either stand, speak or see. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Gordon averted his eyes from a beastly Rackhamesque dust-jacket; elvish children tripping Wendily through a bluebell glade. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

He told his beastly rotten tale over and over again until every word of it was as familiar to me as my own name. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Sinclair Lewis And I confess — Oh, I’m being terribly frank! If you ever are so beastly as to go and use this against me later, I’ll KILL you, I swear I will! . Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Never heard of such a beastly cruise. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

William Hope Hodgson It was such a beastly confirmation of the unnaturalness of the thing I had concluded to be only a sort of brain fancy. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Got any ‘baccy, St. Maurice? Mine’s so beastly dry. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Florence Dixie I’ve never been much of a companion to you, Glorie, but left you for my beastly gambling and racing pleasures. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Ford Madox Ford He couldn’t bear being a beastly gaoler. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

However, no doubt Mrs. Krent here will be able to account for Bowring’s fears when he beheld the beastly thing. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

There was a lamp in there — light, don’t you know — and outside it was so beastly, beastly dark. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

End in a hospital or a beastly morgue. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Ford Madox Ford Airplanes with their beastly bullet-distributing hoppers — that is what they seemed like — would now and then duck along the trench, but not very often. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Such porridge without salt or cream is beastly food, but my hunger was so great that I could have eaten a vat of it. Prester John by John Buchan

Ford Madox Ford A voice said with concern: ‘There ain’t no beastly snipers, is there, sir? I did ‘ope there would’n be henny beastly snipers ’ere. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Ford Madox Ford The beastly bombs would have to explode before that, now! They might, in consequence, survive . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

G. K. Chesterton It’s a beastly caddish thing to say a word, or hint a word, against your comrades or anybody connected with them. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Meredith She ‘d think me such a beastly hypocrite, I couldn’t face her afterwards. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

D. H. Lawrence Let’s do that, and never mind the beastly money for this pokey Torestin.” “They’ve asked us to go with them to Mullumbimby in a fortnight. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling They say he says perfectly beastly things to his own house, making fun of Prout’s,” said Beetle. “Well, we didn’t come here to mix up in their rows,” McTurk said wrathfully. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Forgive me — it’s beastly impertinence I know, but you speak like a man who has been at a public school. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Ford Madox Ford That beastly little McKechnie is modern . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Edith Wharton You’re beastly hard on a fellow; but if you don’t mind speaking the truth I don’t see why you shouldn’t allow me to do the same. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Seemed a beastly shame, didn’t it? . Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Ford Madox Ford They heard Notting come out of his cellar and tell someone to shovel the beastly stuff back again where it had come from. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

It is against this beastly possibility that we have got to combine. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

I hate the beastly school”, was my cry. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

The room was beastly cold — no fire had been lighted in it this evening. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

We’ve no cause — only negatives, and that means hatred, and self-torture, and a beastly jaundice of soul. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He’s beastly cunning, but he’ll be trapped yet. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Conan Doyle Where’s your whisky? It’s a beastly time of the day to have to get your back stiff, but there must be no softness with us, or we are gone. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

H. G. Wells Assuming that by some miracle I hadn’t been shot three times over, I was far too hot and blown when I got up to the entrenchments even to lift my beastly rifle. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

This is what her beastly stars have brought us to. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Ford Madox Ford What a beastly muddle! Poor Macmaster! He’s finished. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Virginia Woolf He says it’s beastly — I should like it, I know, but that’s neither here nor there. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

I have managed to keep him off several times but there is a beastly old journalist who is encouraging him in his attempts, and I daren’t even speak to Madame about it. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Rudyard Kipling Besides, we ain’t goin’ to have any beastly Erickin’. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Ford Madox Ford Now they would make a beastly row with that instrument. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

George Meredith But there, acting’s the thing, and his behaviour’s beastly bad! You can’t call it no other. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

H. G. Wells He was reported to be a beastly bridge player, very good but spiteful and envious even of his partner. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

But the Soho restaurants sounded beastly as soon as Ravelston mentioned them. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

He looks like Roger does when he quotes that beastly poetry. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

H. G. Wells Suddenly when that horse shied I realized what a beastly business life was—as those brutes up there live it. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

It would mean going back to an agricultural way of life, which means beastly hard work and isn’t at all the same thing as playing at gardening. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Ford Madox Ford There could not be any question of doubt, for the horn was a beastly thing that made a prolonged noise like that of a terrified peacock . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Radclyffe Hall You might even take to a few nasty habits towards middle life — better read Ferenczi! Why were you so beastly to Valérie, I wonder. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Ford Madox Ford He said: ‘This beastly war! This beastly war! . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

I could see the mare make one prop to stop herself, and then go flying right through the air, till I heard a beastly “thud” at the bottom. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

John Galsworthy He also suppressed, and said: “I was just looking to see that you’d got your fur, it’s beastly cold. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy They pretend to be guarding the public’s morals, and they corrupt them with their beastly reports. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Where was Boulter’s beastly dog? I asked myself irritably. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Pretending you’re poor when you’re not, and living in that poky flat with no servants, and going about with all these beastly people. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

William Hope Hodgson I got a little touch of despair, and asked myself what was going to be the end of all these beastly happenings. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

What were the roads like?” “Rotten; swimming with mud, and a beastly cold wind against us all day. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Tobias Smolle But I know no custom more beastly than that of using water-glasses, in which polite company spirt, and squirt, and spue the filthy scourings of their gums, under the eyes of each other. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

I had made this very clear to him at Lisbon and he had agreed, but all the same it was a beastly reflection. Greenmantle by John Buchan

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wish that fellow would keep away with his beastly mutton broth. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson He didn’t have to sit in a beastly old hole of an office when he was my age. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

You should have seen me in Russia picking off the dodging Cossacks with a beastly old infantry musket. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Ford Madox Ford The beastly Huns! They stood between him and Valentine Wannop. If they would go home he could be sitting talking to her for whole afternoons. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

For days past we’d been having the kind of beastly weather that people call ‘bright’ weather, when the sky’s a cold hard blue and the wind scrapes you like a blunt razor-blade. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Carlier! What a beastly thing! To compose his now disturbed nerves — and no wonder! — he tried to whistle a little. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Rudyard Kipling You must be beastly rich, Beetle.” “Well, Beetle lent me sixpence. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Altogether it was a beastly sight, but yet one that we had grown accustomed to see at these places, and if it had not been that Moira was lying ill here, we should have thought little of it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Jackson spoke seriously — “Don’t be so beastly cynical. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells It had taken us all day to dig into the slush and get these eggs out unbroken, and we were all covered with beastly black mud, and naturally I was cross. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

No one but him could have gone afoot, I believe, much less led a blood horse through the beastly scrub and ranges he showed us. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H. Rider Haggard There’s nothing she likes better than to slip out of a night, and to go to that there beastly churchyard, saving your presence, for ‘company,’ as she calls it — nice sort of company, indeed. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

I was tired of lying all cramped up in a corner, and keeping quiet, while those beastly men drank bottle after bottle of wine, and gorged themselves with the good things set before them. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Quick, for the beastly thing will be rising soon and before that we must all be indoors. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

It’s a beastly track here at the best of times. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps Nosey Gould’s beastly little Empire Cigarettes ought only to be smoked on stilts, or something of that sort. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

John Galsworthy Look at your father, with three separate families!” “Isn’t there any place,” cried Jon, “in all this beastly London where we can be alone?” “Only a taxi. To Let by John Galsworthy

I wasn’t going to give in to such a beastly unfair thing. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

E. Nesbi If you’re not careful, you’ll turn into a beastly little Sunday-school prig, so I tell you. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

William Hope Hodgson And this way, I got a beastly feeling that there were things swarming down there. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

The plate’s beastly heavy; in fact, I had to give up using it for fear of a smash. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

T. E. Lawrence They shunned Moslems, but feebly hid their beastly opinions under a veneer of orthodoxy. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton But, beastly as they are, they generally have the one merit of disagreeing with each other. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

George Meredith Saddlebank shouldered round on us, and cried, ‘Confound you fellows! here’s a beastly place you’ve pitched upon. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Sinclair Lewis You do see now that I wasn’t merely being beastly and unselfish, don’t you?” And she kissed him, fleetingly, and was cheerfully off to bed. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

M. R. James But these glasses are so beastly heavy I can’t hold them steady for long. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Arthur Machen His governor must be beastly poor to let him go about like that. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Ford Madox Ford Like a beastly soldier-man out of a revue. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

What beastly coal this is! I blew and blew on it, and got some of the dust in my eyes. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Virginia Woolf Should you say that I was bitter?” Helen did not answer, and he continued: “Of course I am, disgustingly bitter, and it’s a beastly thing to be. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

That beastly racket confuses me. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

H. G. Wells There was sorrowing for the other chaps, beastly drunkards certainly, but not deserving such a fate, and young Sanders with the spear through his neck wouldn’t go out of my mind. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Ford Madox Ford There would be too much beastly money about it. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Ford Madox Ford There would no doubt be, thus — a beastly stink. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Ford Madox Ford And she’s got a tap of French rum that’s saved my life over and over again after a beastly wet day’s racing. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Sinclair Lewis I’m just — I’m beastly over-sensitive. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Ford Madox Ford Safeish! No beastly glory business about it. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

George Meredith I believe I tempted you to back the beastly horse. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Ford Madox Ford I’m becoming a wretched, irresolute Johnny.’ The Colonel said: ‘Pm not a beastly sponger. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

This dark, damp, beastly weather plays the deuce with us all. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

To be disappointed at missing a beastly literary tea-party seemed to him absurd. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Ford Madox Ford If Christopher bad to buy a beastly South Country show — cottage, Mark wished he would not have bought it so near a confounded air — station. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

G. K. Chesterton Was there anything else in that bare beastly place he could use for the same purpose, or another similar purpose? There was. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

It was that beastly dog that did it. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

It was a beastly January morning, with a dirty yellowish-grey sky. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

It’s about that beastly trick I played on you the other week. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Henry James I mean it’s so beastly expensive. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Ford Madox Ford But it’s beastly dangerous with motors. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Sinclair Lewis She didn’t want the beastly tea. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Jack London Life had become cheap and tawdry, a beastly and inarticulate thing, a soulless stirring of the ooze and slime. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

E. F. Benson As it was, he had established her on the most exalted pinnacle and her thanks for that boon were expressed by dealing this beastly blow at him. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

George Meredith Pounds alone!” “These,” thought Algernon, “are beastly democrats. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Rudyard Kipling He found me at a loose string, and I had to go down to Chitor to find that beastly letter. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Ford Madox Ford Fortunately the weather at the front was so beastly that the Germans could not move. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Sinclair Lewis It makes these people seem so beastly and treacherous, when I’ve been perfectly natural with them. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence Then he said: ‘Waste it? What else is there to do with it?’ ‘But leave this, won’t you? You force yourself into horrors, and put a mill-stone of beastly memories round your neck. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Ford Madox Ford He’s got a positive genius for getting all sorts of things out of the most beastly muddles . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Rudyard Kipling You call yourself a beastly poet, don’t you, Beetle? I’ll poet you. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Dorset, for reasons we needn’t go into, did you a beastly bad turn last spring. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Andrew Lang Or, in the latter case (your parent being a solicitor) they reply, “Then your father must be a beastly cad. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Ford Madox Ford However, he expected, probably, that beastly Americans would come flying in the beastly machines to buy the beastly old junk. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

But a beastly smell of burning hung about the ship. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

There’s no law telling us to be beastly to Orientals — quite the contrary. Burmese Days by George Orwell

I saw him stick his beastly nose out of the wainscoting. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The zinc-worker, on the contrary, became quite disgusting, and could no longer drink without putting himself into a beastly state. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Edith Wharton There’s such a beastly glare out here. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Meredith It’s a beastly mistake: poor savings, and such a trouble to keep honest when you’re poor; and I’ve done it for years, spite o’ temptation ’t ‘d send lots o’ men to the hulks. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Arthur Machen Arthur Dixon, who was about his own age, forgetting all the laws of hospitality, told him he was a beastly muff when he missed a catch, rather a difficult catch. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Henry James Nick replied that he described his post as beastly but didn’t seem to have suffered from it. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Rudyard Kipling They’re so beastly plausible. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Nevertheless he was so ashamed that he mumbled rather than said: ‘I’ve got a beastly thing to say to you. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Ford Madox Ford And of course it is letting a fellow down in a beastly — a beastly! — way to let him know that you believe he lives on the immoral earnings of his wife. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Ford Madox Ford Christopher would not want the beastly title after his death, and for himself he would be rather struck with the pip than let that harlotmeaning herself — become Lady T. by any means of his. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

It was strange that that beastly business of the hotel bill could have upset him so completely. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

He came stepping down that beastly rocky goat-track, he, a clean thoroughbred that ought never to have trod upon anything rougher than a rolled training track, or the sound bush turf. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Rudyard Kipling You wouldn’t crib, Willie, would you?” “Can’t read the beastly stuff, anyhow,” was the reply. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Sinclair Lewis Oh, I’ve always hated all darkies, and their beastly simpering, that gives them away. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling Oh, you are beastly cads! Do shut up. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a beastly book — a book no man, even if he had come from the gutter, could have put together. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Edith Wharton I’ve had to sack her beastly governess for impertinence, and if it weren’t for you she’d be all alone with a lot of servants I don’t much trust. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

I had just enough money for today, but that beastly hotel bill upset everything. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

I’ve been always on the watch for some beastly influence, but here I am, fairly caught. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

William Hope Hodgson The men answered with a shout, which told me they were nearer, but the beastly scum was so thick that it was evidently a fight to move the boat at all. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Edith Wharton And they did send me to school once, and I had to be taken away because of my beastly temperature . The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

E. Nesbi He knows the names of beastly flowers. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Henry James You know there are people in India — a kind of beastly race, the ghouls — who violate graves. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

He has been through rather a beastly experience, which I’ll tell you about some day. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Here, drink this! I’m beastly sorry I told you, but I certainly thought that you would have had some idea. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

If I were there might have been a beastly mess in this yard any time the last two days. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence We agree so beastly well, we two. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

E. Nesbi But did you do it for a lark or what?” “Not much lark carting that beastly heavy stuff up the hill,” said Peter, indignantly. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

That beastly house of mine in Hill Street will fetch what I gave for it — Isaacson cabled about it the other day, offering for furniture and all. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

There was a horrible hot reek of urine, so beastly that at first one tried to breathe in small, shallow puffs, not filling one’s lungs to the bottom. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

But what I hadn’t boiled out was that beastly drug. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]