Phrases with "bits"

They thought we didn’t tumble, I expect; but I seen their horses hung up outside, both shod all round; bits and irons bright. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Nellie Bly The musicians begin a long chanting strain, and these bits of beauty begin the dance. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

H. G. Wells Look at them down there, those three poor credulous boys coming out of Trinity now, with their mortar-boards and their bits of gowns, clutching those books that nowadays take them nowhere. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Edith Wharton In the earlier days, moreover, such fragments of experience as one got were torn from their setting like bits of flesh scattered by shrapnel. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

I struck its working again at home last year and located its head office in Europe. So I tried Switzerland and Holland, but only bits of it were there. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

G. K. Chesterton Life is artistic in parts, but not as a whole; it’s like broken bits of different works of art. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Rudyard Kipling Outside that circle again, was a rude square, traced out in bits of red brick alternating with fragments of broken china; the whole bounded by a little bank of dust. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Andrew Lang The falcon flew to a tree and spread his wings in the sun to dry, but the cat, after giving herself a good shake, began to scratch up the sandy banks and to throw the bits into the stream. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson However, I was conquered, took the young gentleman to my high favour, and tore up my bits of scandal on the spot. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frances Hodgson Burnett Between the blossoming branches of the canopy bits of blue sky looked down like wonderful eyes. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Virginia Woolf Digby watched her stuffing the bits of paper into the box. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

All this cutting people up and leaving bits of them about the countryside. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Charles Dickens Then, the locomotives shared the bits of trains, and ran away with the whole. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

They were typed on bits of flimsy paper, the envelopes had the addresses typed, and they had been posted in the West Central district of London the afternoon before. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arnold Bennett The silence was now broken only by the tinkling of the horses’ bits in the corners of the square. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

See where the bits of the broken glass have made those little flecks of blood upon his lips?” He shook his head. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

George Gissing You see her driving herself in a little donkey-carriage, and throwing bits of meat to pussy-cats at the cottage doors. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Charles Dickens Then, bits of trains broke off. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

While Augustine was prowling around the children’s table, she would grab the bits of bacon under the pretext of dividing them amongst the children. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Andrew Lang He cut up the rest of the body into little bits and strewed them to the four winds. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

When I got out, the horse was laughing, but he had to eat slowly, because the bits were in his mouth. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Gissing Under glass were ranged minutiae such as bullets, fragments of shells, bits of gore-drenched cloth or linen, a splinter of human bone—all ticketed with neat inscription. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells The horses’ bits were covered with foam, their eyes bloodshot. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

George Elio Two or three water-colour drawings, views of Naples, hung upon the walls; and over the mantelpiece, above some bits of rare old china, two miniatures in oval frames. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

James Joyce Silly-Milly burying the little dead bird in the kitchen matchbox, a daisychain and bits of broken chainies on the grave. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

M. R. James Then I thought of counting the bits of paper. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

D. H. Lawrence But you can fit the bits together time after time, yet it won’t bring the bug to life. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

These bits are no more than the lowest common denominators of London for the lazy and unperceiving mind. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Joseph Furphy He took a tour round the paddock, and found a racecourse duly laid out in a suitable place, with a few fellows training their bits of stuff for a coming event. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing Threepenny bits came in now but slowly, and Mutimer exerted himself earnestly to relieve the growing want in what he called his ‘parishes. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope Bits have been lost, and other bits interpolated, and in this way have come to us the speeches which we possess. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Louisa May Alcott Then tea must be got, errands done, and one or two necessary bits of sewing neglected until the last minute. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jules Verne The bits of wood became hot, to be sure, but much less so than the operators themselves. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Presently the woman began to stir the bits of lemon and ice in her empty tumbler. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Ford Madox Ford N more!- He had to take bits of old wood out of one sort of old truck and fit it into missing bits of other old truck. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

His petrol tank was shot to bits and he was forced to descend in a wood near Morchies. ‘The celebrated British airman, Pinner,’ in the words of the German communique, was made prisoner. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Edith Wharton Now she saw how the bits of the puzzle fitted into each other, and smiled at her own dulness. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Eliot There was a sparkling triumph under Baldassarre’s black eyebrows as he replaced the little sapphire inside the bits of parchment and wound the string tightly round them. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Theodore Dreiser For Stephanie herself certain of the illuminated books and bits of glass had a heavy, sensuous appeal, which only the truly artistic can understand. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser They could cut my body into bits if it would do you any good. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather An old woman was working in the garden patch, picking out bits of brick and plaster the rain had washed up, digging with her fingers around the pale carrot-tops and neat lettuce heads. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Rudyard Kipling But I don’t cut old ladies into bits because it didn’t kill youngsters in the pink of condition. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

He flung down the small bits of paper. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Six or seven months after this accident happened, bits of the beetle — a leg, a wing, or parts of its body — came away in the wax. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Now, if only one of them little bits smarts, the whole creature goes wrong — there’s the mischief. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Eliot It’s a pity but what the bits was stacked up for you to see, though it’s neither seeing nor hearing as ’ull make much odds to you — anybody ’ud think you war case-hardened. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

When I was a little boy — four, perhapspapa brought me home a kaleidoscope from London. It was really a good one, and its bits of glass were unusually brilliant. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

The attorney’s small eye glanced over the ground and hearthstone, where the bits were strewn, like Ladies’ smocks, all silver white, That paint the meadows with delight. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Virginia Woolf Pocket handkerchiefs, screwed up bits of paper, silver and coppers fell out as she shook it. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The hands which fitted together on the table in the Tower room delicate puzzles in bits of lawn and paper, did not in these days tremble with weakness. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

This was Friday. Jim hadn’t sold his bits of traps, because he didn’t want it to be known he wasn’t coming back. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Rudyard Kipling And when it came to learning his words — spells and such-like — he’d sit on the Hill in the long shadows, worrying out bits of charms to try on passersby. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Anthony Trollope He was solicitous about her welfare, gave her bits of advice, did one or two commissions for her in town, called her Margaret, and was kind and cousinly. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Jonathan Swif Nuttal was surprised when they gave him bits of paper instead of money, but I made Ben Tooke put him in his geers:8 he could not reckon ten pounds, but was puzzled with the Irish way. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Miles Franklin I tore the letter into bits and strewed it in the pigsty but every word was in my head. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Then people wouldn’t send you a lot of fool nonsense when you were flat on your back, and bossy bits of Meissen wouldn’t expect you to read them. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

G. K. Chesterton I think they are two bits of steel. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

George Gissing Who believes for a moment that England will remain satisfied with bits here and there? We have to swallow the whole, of course. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Elio I get her t’ eat little bits an’ sups o’ things, but she teks no notice o’ nothin’. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Robert Burns Or, if he wonders up the howe, Her living image in her yowe Comes bleating to him, owre the knowe, For bits o’ bread; An’ down the briny pearls rowe For Mailie dead. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Kate Chopin He crawled about on hands and knees, picking up the stray bits of chips and moss that had fallen from his arms when he came in. At Fault by Kate Chopin

H. G. Wells Funny in a sort of way — like Harry Tate. The children had been tossed about more, and the bits of the table were all mixed up with them. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Andrew Lang Thus burglars carry bits of coal in their pockets, ‘for luck. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

James Joyce They shake out the threepenny bits and sixpences and coax out the pennies with the blade of a knife. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Bubbles had so many queer, out-of-the-way bits of knowledge. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Richard Burton The old curtain is usually distributed amongst the officers of the Mosque, and sold in bits to pilgrims; in some distant Moslem countries, the possessor of such a relic would be considered a saint. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edgar Rice Burroughs I had to tear part of my shirt into bits to obtain a bandage, but at last the job was done. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Sir Walter Scott He’s a camsteary chield, and fasheous about marches, and we’ve had some bits o’ splores thegither; but deil o’meif I wad wrang Jock o’ Dawston neither. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Leon Trotsky The exhaustive description and study of Paradise, with detailed bits about its location and inner structure, ended melancholically with: “The precise location of paradise is not known. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Andrew Lang The hobgoblin laughed till his sides ached, but still the tiny bits of glass flew about. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The coffin fell to the floor, the glass was shattered to bits by the concussion. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

H. G. Wells I kept putting bits of paper first under one leg and then the other. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Syne we heard tell o’ him in far awa’ bits like Russia; and syne cam’ the end o’ the war and we lookit to see him back, fishin’ the waters and ridin’ like Jehu as in the auld days. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Andrew Lang He scratched on bits of bone spirited representations of all the animals whose remains are found mixed with his own. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

And they were all going to carpenters and joiners getting bits of their feet cut off to try could they wear the shoe, but it was no use, not one of them could get it on. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

As in cemeteries, with broken bits of marble. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Isabella Bird Dust and cobwebs of ancient date, droppings from candles and bits of candle wicks offend Western eyes in the sacristy and elsewhere. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The rest of England had kept up a desultory plopetty-plop-plop at their blockhouse, bringing down bits of plaster and woodwork and other defenceless things. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

The bits too tough for his mastication he would take from his mouth and give as a treat to the pages, who n’yanzigged, and swallowed them with much seeming relish. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

They only fill up the gutters with their rubbish and bits of straw. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

D. H. Lawrence But is mere historical fact so strong, that what one learns in bits from books can move one so? Or does the very word call an echo out of the dark blood? It seems so to me. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

H.P. Lovecraft Scattered bits of clothing, roughly slashed from the human incision subjects, hinted no clues. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

They came presently to the pages Clarissa had covered at Hale Castle — bits of familiar landscape, glimpses of still life in the Castle rooms, and lightly-touched portraits of the Castle guests. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Guy de Maupassant The pale streaks of foam, clinging to the black rocks, whose countless peaks rise up out of the water, look like bits of rag floating and drifting on the surface of the sea. A Vendetta (Une Vendetta) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Mark Twain You only attach bits of paper to it with pins or thumb-tacks. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Another, composed of skeleton leaves and fibres and bast, is placed between two growing leaves pegged together with bits of stick. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Rudyard Kipling You was goin’ to search me for witch-marks; you was goin’ to duck me in the pond; you was goin’ to drag all my bits o’ sticks out o’ my little cottage here. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Willa Cather In those germless days she had worn bits of broom-straw, plucked from the common sweeping-broom, in the lobes until the holes were healed and ready for little gold rings. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

The baby-boy had varied the monotony of his solitary sports by picking little bits out of it. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells I thought if I was to catch some nice little bits of fish, perhaps, and go to him presently in a casual kind of way, and offer them to him, he might do the sensible thing. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

G. K. Chesterton I put it together somehow out of bits of that talk we had about ambidexterity and bits of Doone’s rotten old rubbish about anthropoids. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Henry Handel Richardson The surgery was full of it; full of bits of flying ash and burnt papers. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

The small car, being made of bits and pieces, soon went the way of all nursery objects; but the little horse, chunky and solid, had survived and had become Patrick’s halidom and fetish. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

D. H. Lawrence His father gave him a little house outside the town, a house furnished with expensive bits of old furniture, in a way that the townspeople thought insane. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Von Arnim All day long she was invisible, and would come back in the late afternoon looking a perfect sight, her hair full of bits of moss, and her freckles worse than ever. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

To the east of this water, black cineraceous earth shows where the smith had been at work: we applied the quarrymen to sift it, without other results but bits of glass, copper, and iron nails. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

H. G. Wells You left some bits of bacon; I can’t think ‘ow. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Meanwhile, he was amassing furniture and bric-a-brac, just as the bird bits of straw; and he implored her not to scold him. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

E. F. Benson But as you must know so well, dear Olga, music makes an imperishable store of memories within one: morsels of Mozart: bits of Beethoven all audible to the inward ear. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

D. H. Lawrence But this grassy garden was littered with bits of rag, and newspapers, sea-shells, tins and old sponges. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

The further he went with it the less he liked it, and such bits of better stuff as he introduced in lieu of the blood and mystery rather lessened than increased the saleableness of his books. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

This, with soft soap and the hard Paris water, meant scraping the grease off with bits of newspaper. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins You politely hoped, before you went away? that the tea would do me good — and, oh God, you could not even look at me when you said that! You looked at the broken bits of the tea-cup. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

H. G. Wells This one my father had made out of old clothes, trousers and such-like things, bits of flannel and bits of coarse sacking, cut into strips and sewn together. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Life may be a hard fight, but one always pulls through when one is orderly and economical — witness the Lorilleuxs, who paid their rent to the day, the money folded up in bits of dirty paper. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry Handel Richardson Really, he seemed to look upon them as bits of himself, and hence not to be parted with. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

James Joyce Ferme. Hired dog! Shoot him to bloody bits with a bang shotgun, bits man spattered walls all brass buttons. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle They could only hear snatches outside, bits of prayer, bits of exhortation, bits of kindly greeting. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

The two painter visitors had a fine comic vein, and enlivened us continually with bits of stage business which were sometimes uncommonly droll. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Dare was leaning against the mantle-piece, which was draped in Mrs. Alwynn’s best manner, with Oriental hangings having bits of glass woven in them. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

D. H. Lawrence And the coffin was the rough wood-box in which the bits of chopped wood were kept in the kitchen, by the fire. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

It sparkled on buttons and bits of metal in their clothing. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George Eliot I always have a favourite book by me at breakfast, and I enjoy the bits I pick up then so much, that regularly every morning it seems to me as if I should certainly become studious again. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Andrew Lang Outside the door I have some firewood lying; you must split that for me into little bits that I can kindle the fire with. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells The sounds from above now were like filing and then some bits of rock fell past him into the void. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

William Morris The difficulty in it necessary to be overcome was the making of a pure and true flexible line, not over thick, with little bits of glass or marble nearly rectangular. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

D. H. Lawrence And NO stranger should ever be made a party to these terrible bits of connubial staging. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Taking it out I tore it up very carefully, into tiny bits of pieces. Serapion by Francis Stevens

A finely carved and heavily constructed sideboard which had escaped the first visitation had been broken to bits in the most difficult and painstaking manner. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Virginia Woolf It looked like an office, with its files of papers and its deed-boxes, except that horses’ bits hung by the fireplace, and there was the silver cup he had won at polo. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The ordinary spy knows only bits of unconnected facts. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Andrew Lang At this, Martin regretted deeply that he had been so foolish as to refuse, for his bits of bread and cheese seemed very hard when he smelt the savoury soup his brother was enjoying. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I was near ‘em as I am to you; and I could make out he was all to bits — ‘eard his breath rattle in his blooming lungs as he come down the ladder. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

The pathway ended at the foot of the piles on which the hut was built, in a circular space covered with ashes and bits of burnt wood. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

The “monoxyle” was full of green-brown rain water, the oar-pins were represented by bits of stick, and all the furniture was wanting. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Richard Burton The first 7 bits of granite must be collected at Muzdalifah; the rest may be taken from the Muna valley; and all must be washed 7 times before being thrown. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

You understand I am piecing here bits of disconnected statements. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

D. H. Lawrence The people call it Robin Hood’s Rhubarb. How silent and gloomy it seemed by the well! Yet the water bubbled so bright, wonderful! And there were bits of eye-bright and strong blue bugle . Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling He went to bits behind a bathing-machine. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Edith Wharton Dredge’s mind takes in only a bit at a time, but the bit stays, and other bits are joined to it, in a hard mosaic of fact, of which imagination weaves the pattern. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

And then, you know, we could have the whole of the balcony scene, and other bits that we choose to work in — perhaps parts of other acts that would suit the scene. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence He groped in the hearth for the bits of twigs with which the fire had been started. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

William Makepeace Thackeray Some bits of broken bread; two Dutch cheeses (whole); the crust of an old Stilton; and about an ounce of almonds and raisins. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

I’m always picking it out of bits of toffee. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

M. R. James He was walking in a garden which he seemed half to know, and stopped in front of a rockery made of old wrought stones, pieces of window tracery from a church, and even bits of figures. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

E. Nesbi You show me where your garden is, and I’ll pop the bits of stuff in for you. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Snatches of song and bits of whistling rose continuously from easel and taboret, all blending in a drowsy hum. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

The door was garnished with ornaments of crystal, and with turquoises and bits of coral. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Frances Hodgson Burnett Th’ other ones takes two years to bloom from seed, but I can bring you some bits o’ plants from our cottage garden. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And she’s eaten the bits of nice meals I’ve put before her. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It was quite uncanny sometimes how he would regale us overnight with bits of news that would next morning appear in the newspapers. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

D. H. Lawrence It was the bits of snow that kept rousing him when he did not want to be roused. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He will look at those blue bits of ice, and think of me. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

M. P. Shiel There have been two grand storms within three weeks, and from everywhere come lamentations of boats and houses and bits of coast-wall being washed away. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Willa Cather She was always ready to lend her dresses and hats and bits of jewellery for the school theatricals, and she never worked people for favours. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Andrew Lang He carries them home, and the village wisdom determines that the wedge-shaped piece of metal is a ‘thunder-bolt,’ or that the bits of flint are ‘elf-shots,’ the heads of fairy arrows. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells See? Well, they have got bones of it, and from some of the marshes even feathers and dried bits of skin. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

E. F. Benson There we were together on the Gallagher Banks, she all to bits all the time, and I should have scorned myself for attempting to worm it out of her. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Angular bits of iron, concavo-convex, sticking in the sides of muddy depressions, showed where shells had exploded in their furrows. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

H.P. Lovecraft Some of them were bits of ancient folklore; others were case histories in the annals of medicine; one or two were anecdotes obscurely buried in standard histories. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H.P. Lovecraft It was Greenwich, the Greenwich that used to be, with here and there a roof or row of houses as we see it now, yet with lovely green lanes and fields and bits of grassy common. He by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

E. F. Benson Tourists who had no pictorial gifts would pick their way among the sketchers, and search the shops for cracked china and bits of brass. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

When she had brushed away the stray threads and bits of lace, she laid it again over her knees caressingly. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Conan Doyle There are some bits that will come home to you, Mr. Holmes, or I am mistaken. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

D. H. Lawrence There was a moon behind clouds, shedding a diffused light, gleaming now and again in bits of smoky mother-of-pearl. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Think, Mr. Philip, how you and him used to be friends and playfellows — brothers almost — when you was both bits of boys. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Andrew Lang Then he opened the shells with a pin, split them carefully in two, and broke small little bits of sticks for the rowers’ seats. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton He leaned across the desk, snatched up the pages, and tore them to bits before Tarrant’s astonished eyes. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

D. H. Lawrence They were very grotesque in the dark nights as the lamplight fell on them, showing them grimy, flecked with bits of snow. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot It was the brown-and-yellow platter containing the baked potatoes with the gravy in them and bits of meat which she had cut and mixed among them. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

All that was left of her were her shoes, bits of clothing, and the three medals for goodness. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

George Meredith May she not call herself her own? That is her cry, and thence her spits Of fury, thence her graceless tone At justice given in bits and bits. Last Poems by George Meredith [1909]

Rudyard Kipling Why, in America, half-a-dozen two-by-four bits would be ample. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

I care not a rabbit for it, but ’tis the mystery plagues me, Mirabell, the oddity, grotesque like a map of China, bits here and there, offal and star-dust together. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Richard Burton At this season they greatly enjoy the ‘ful mudammas’ (boiled horse-beans),36 eaten with an abundance of linseed oil, into which they steep bits of bread. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edith Wharton The curtains were looped back, showing a smaller apartment, with books and flowers and a few fine bits of bronze and porcelain. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Rudyard Kipling Now wind prowling through woods sounds like exciting things going to happen, and that is why on ‘blowy days’ you stand up in Volaterrae and shout bits of the Lays to suit its noises. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

H. G. Wells It may be built into a wall or hammered to bits as road metal or broken up for a rockery or a crazy pavement by someone who has no sense of what it might become. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry Lawson Then Tom would blaspheme till he was refreshed, mend up things with wire and bits of clothes-line, fill his pockets with stones to throw at the team, and start again. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

It was rough ploughing, for the place was thick with bits of stone from the tower, but the slow Afrikander oxen plodded on, and sometime in the afternoon the work was finished. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

A variety of charms, amongst which were some bits of stick strung on leather and covered with serpent-skin, were presented and approved of. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

James Hogg They find ma bits o’ gibes come hame to their hearts wi’ a kind o’ yerk, an’ that gars them wince. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Pheasants from Mazanderan were there also, as well as some of the choicest bits of the wild ass and antelope. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

D. H. Lawrence It demolished the objects of her humour so absolutely, smashed them to bits with a ruthless hammer, pounded them to nothing so terribly, that it frightened people, particularly men. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

George Meredith My mistress teaches me bits of German and French on her walks. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

I searched for its site, and found, where I thought it should be, a few broken bricks and bits of mortar. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Steele Rudd They cursed eloquently, and threw the bridle at him, and used up all the missiles and bits of hard mud and sticks about the yard, pelting him because he wouldn’t stand. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Man, the wee laddies in Glesca the day are worshippin’ bits o’ your jersey. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The others gave me bits of their dinner, and Sid Lovegrove had a penny, so someone fetched a Penny Monster which we had between us. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Guy de Maupassan Down yonder, through the branches, I saw, like patches, bits of the Mediterranean gleaming so that they fairly dazzled my eyes. The Mountain Pool by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing I used to go about begging bits of firewood from the neighbours. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

D. H. Lawrence Kangaroo looked at them briefly, one by one, as if they were bits of uninteresting printed paper. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence And she found the immemorial gloom full of bits of falling plaster, and dust of floating plaster, smelling of old lime, having scaffolding and rubbish heaped about, dust cloths over the altar. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Burns So may they, like their great forbears, For monie a year come thro’ the sheers; So wives will gie them bits o’ bread, An’ bairns greet for them when they’re dead. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Nellie Bly An old woman, with an enormous bonnet and a dirty basket filled with chunks of bread and bits of scrap meat, completed our company. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

This time I flung the bits into the new-kindled fire. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

D. H. Lawrence The two ships were like bits of palpable memory, that persisted, but were only memory images. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

There were always half-eaten bits of bread and margarine lying about everywhere. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Edith Wharton He felt an irrational longing to throw himself on the other side of the conflict, to tear in bits the paper awaiting his signature, and disown the policy which had dictated it. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Sinclair Lewis On a golden-oak center-table was a large lamp with a mosaic shade, and through its mingled bits of green and red and pearl glass stormed the brilliance of a mantle-light. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Watkin Tench He wore a string of bits of dried reed round his neck, which I asked him to exchange for a black stock. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

George Gissing The bits they have sent me will do very well indeed. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Morrison An’ s’elp me, when I cut some bits off that there very loaf an’ brought ’em in, with a bit o’ beef, he just went for ’em like one o’clock. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling I done my uttermost, but she all fetched adrift like in the bag, an’ the more I biled the bits of her, the less she favoured any fashion o’ pudden. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

The Miss Maplesones sang the most fascinating duets, and accompanied themselves on guitars, ornamented with bits of ethereal blue ribbon. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Edith Wharton You thought the sparks were red birds in a cage, and you used to try to coax them through the fender with bits of sugar. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

D. H. Lawrence He didn’t die, and the bits seemed to grow together again. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Machen Lucian showed his Confessions to his father, and began to talk of the beautiful bits he had already found. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

D. H. Lawrence And what do you think! There was a swarm of white ants, and they were just eating up the last bits of them. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He came gliding up to the old hut in the dull light by bits of moves, just as if he’d been a bush that had changed its place. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood