Phrases with "blade"

Arthur Conan Doyle We are alone here, and though I have no doubt that you are an excellent swordsman, you can hardly hope to hold your own against the best blade in the six light cavalry brigades. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

At other times they picked up a blade of grass, which they ate with great deliberation, pretending all the time that it was a complicated banquet of cabbage leaves and lettuce. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

H. Rider Haggard It measured two ells and a half from crossbar to point, and so bright was the broad blade that no one could look on it for long, and all down its length ran runes. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

For instance, I made the pallet-bar from an old hack-saw blade which I happened to have by me. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Abraham Merri And now up and down, thrusting, ripping, slashing, danced Zubran’s blade until its red sweat dyed his arm from hand to shoulder. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Abraham Merri Now Sigurd realized all that galley’s peril; saw that it was close to piercing stone ray; saw that he might drive it upon that ray; send stone blade biting into it; destroy it. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

She tore the blade from his hands, and, pressing his arm with a feverish impatience, which might pass for tenderness, said, “Do not be too hard upon me, comte. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He was still smoothing the blade upon his palm, and still glaring at me with his malignant leer. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

G. K. Chesterton A deathly frost fastened every branch and blade to its place. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

It is true that the three others had endeavored to knock the young man down with chairs, stools, and crockery; but two or three scratches made by the Gascon’s blade terrified them. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson At these words of mine the Master turned his blade against my bosom; I saw the light run along the steel; and I threw up my arms and fell to my knees before him on the floor. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang She approached the ditch, and took a blade of grass and tickled Big Lion’s nose, and his nostrils moved in spite of his efforts to keep them still. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was a dark night and, with no light to help him, it was some time before he succeeded in pushing back the bolt of the window with the blade of his pocket knife. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Among other things he found a sharp hunting knife, on the keen blade of which he immediately proceeded to cut his finger. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle The former had my sword in his hand, and they were both examining the blade curiously. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Abraham Merri Those three are masters of blade and flame. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Matthew Arnold The quick dropping of blood is called ‘faster than the fall of the dewdrop from the blade of reed-grass upon the earth, when the dew of June is at the heaviest. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

Robert Green Ingersoll Not a blade of grass had ever been touched by a gleam of light. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope There was not a blade of grass to be seen. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe He was turning from the cave with a design of summoning his people, when the light of the fire glittering upon the bright blade of his weapon, caught the eye of one of the banditti. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Arthur Morrison But the great workers of the steel, those who made the katana in the times of Yoshitsune and Taiko-Sama, they hung curtains and made offerings to Hachiman when they forged a blade — yes. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

In Tuckey’s time a bargain was concluded by breaking a leaf or a blade of grass, and this rite it was “found necessary to perform with the seller of every fowl:” apparently it is now obsolete. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Every blade of corn in a common is an encroachment on the constitution and rights of the gemmen highwaymen. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

H. Rider Haggard The blade struck its hilt against the ground, then circled in the air and fixed itself, point downwards, in the clay of the flooring. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling First they cleared everything out of the well, and in doing so lashed the spare paddle to the left-hand side of the poop, where it hung down like a dagger with its broad blade in the water. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Guy de Maupassant The horse, seeing him leave, neighed to call him back; but the rascal began to run, leaving him alone, entirely alone in his field, well tied down and without a blade of grass within reach. Coco by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

But in these preliminary lounges and parries, he soon found he needed all his skill to dodge his opponent’s point; for Fareham’s blade followed his own, steadily and strongly, through every turn. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Walter Scott He sank the blade of his battle-axe in imitation of his antagonist, and seemed to wait in suspense what was to be the next process of the combat. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A very delicate blade devised for very delicate work. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

There’s not a blade of grass to see; and the sun sets more red over that country than I have seen it anywhere — blood-red and angry. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson Though there was no soil, and scarce a blade of grass, yet out of these tumbled gravel-heaps and broken boulders, a flower garden bloomed as at home in a conservatory. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

I yearned for warmth, for the glow of a fire, for a tree or blade of grass or anything which meant the sheltered homeliness of mortality. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

D. H. Lawrence She was bright as a piece of moonlight, as bright as a steel blade, he seemed to be clasping a blade that hurt him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray He tried his old battle-sword — that famous blade with which, in Palestine, he had cut an elephant-driver in two pieces, and split asunder the skull of the elephant which he rode. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Andrew Lang Sigurd tried this blade on the lump of iron, and it did not break, but split the iron in two. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells With one last touch of humanity I turned the blade back and struck him with the butt. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

There was not a sign of a blade of grass, or anything else that horses could eat, except a few yellow immortelles of a large coarse description, and these they did not care very much for. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Flat as your hand for miles and miles, then sand and spinnifex, spinnifex and sand, in deadly monotony, until you feel that you would give anything for a blade of green grass to look at. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

H.G. Wells Now what have you to say?” With an affectation of great calm, the Doctor took out his penknife and began to dig the blade into his pipe bowl. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Guy de Maupassan He cut gently, carefully, severing al the tendons with this blade that was sharp as a razor. At Sea by Guy de Maupassan

Abraham Merri She leaped from beside him, stood quivering like a blade of wrath in a sweetly flowered sheath. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

The art of learning is to accept the teachings of everything, from a blade of grass to an epic poem. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

The trader was in an ideal position for the fatal thrust just below the shoulder blade which would transfix his heart. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

The blade was so polished that it must have been rubbed off somewhere, either purposely or by accident. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Stur We had on our journey to the westward found an abundance of grass on the sand ridges as well as the flats; but in this desert there was not a blade to be seen. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Not a blade of grass concealed the naked barrenness of the sod, which consisted of gravel only. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

She spoke Spanish perfectly, and understood the full force and significance of the strange inscription upon the wicked-looking blade of the tiny weapon. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Thomas Wolfe The blade had mown smoothly, leaving a perfect swath of pink, clean flesh across his face from cheek to jowl. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Meredith The blade took a glut of blood, as when the wolf tears quick at dripping flesh. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope The ground was frozen and I could walk dry-shod, but there was not a blade of grass. North America by Anthony Trollope

Baldwin Spencer This is a much more ornate type, in which the handle end has serrations and both it and the blade may be pierced by openings. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Thomas Hardy Though she had risen before four o’clock, and crossed to the tower through the gray half-light when every blade and twig were furred with rime, she felt no languor. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Virginia Woolf How readily our thoughts swarm upon a new object, lifting it a little way, as ants carry a blade of straw so feverishly, and then leave it . Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

George Gissing These were called the “gardens” of the houses in Kennington Road, but no blade of grass ever showed upon the black, hard-trodden soil. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle I dishonour my blade by crossing it with yours. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

George Meredith The blade of his sword was red. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Gustave Flauber Each blade fell on a precise spot, then rose again with a smart stroke carrying off a limb with it. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Henry David Thoreau So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Charles Stur We then discovered that they lined a long muddy channel, in which was a good deal of water, but not a blade of vegetation anywhere to be seen. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Desrolles had it out, and the long-pointed blade ready, before his captor could stop him. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A bony hand gripped him by the throat, and the blade of a razor flashed in the air. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Oscar Wilde The blade whizzed through me, and did me no hurt. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

H. G. Wells Then when the little man’s blade was already out, it swerved aside and went panting by them and past. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Thomas Wolfe He that has known only a jungle of mortared brick and stone where no birds sing, where no blade grows, has now found earth again. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

I have not seen a blade of grass this six months. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Charles Dickens Every green leaf, every blade of grass and blade of grain, was as shrivelled and poor as the miserable people. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson But is this new? Have we not long feared and suspected every blade of grass?’ ‘Ay, and our shadows!’ cried my father. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Masters struck the brazen head with a sword, but the blade snapped without injuring the helmet, and an instant later the bowman was stretched senseless on the deck. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson Over the earth swept a harsh, dry wind, which cut like the blade of a knife, and forced stinging tears from the eyes. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sir Richard Burton But as soon as the false dawn showed, he arose and, doffing his outer garments, bared his blade and hastened to the place wherein lay the slave. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

He challenged them to come down on the ledge; and the blade of the maimed arm waved to and fro stiffly, point up, like a red-hot weapon in the light. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The elephant is killed with a new kind of spear, with a double-edged blade a yard long, and a handle which, weighted in any way most easy, is pear-shaped. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Not a bough or a blade was stirring. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Now Mowgli the Ape must I be before I am Mowgli the Buck. At the end I shall be Mowgli the Man. Ho!” and he slid his thumb along the eighteen-inch blade of his knife. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

John Galsworthy Every blade was a small tree, round whose trunk the beetle had to glide. Awakening by John Galsworthy

Sir Richard Burton When thou feelest he is no longer flying, rip open the pelt with this blade and come out of it. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

When he had reached the end, he buried his triangular face like the blade of a hatchet in her neck. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

He was not certain that he would use the razor blade even if he got the chance. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The blade of a dagger was buried up to the hilt in the left side of the executioner. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Guy de Maupassan Jeanne was just giving up trying to understand it when she discovered in a corner a microscopic animal, which the rabbit could have eaten as easily as a blade of grass, and which was meant for a lion. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

It was then, with a sudden pang as though an enemy had struck a blade into him, that he realised the intensity of his hatred for this boy. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

His axe lay beside him, the bright blade shining red in the glow. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

W. H. Hudson The heat burns it to dust and ashes, the wind blows it away, blade and root, and the surface soil with it, in many places disclosing the yellow underlying sand with all that was buried in it of old. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Abraham Merri Part fruit of that instruction, sword play with Sigurd, wrestling with Gigi, fencing with his own blade against the scimitar of Zubran, was Kenton now. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

The sensitiveness extends from the blade of the leaf to the stem. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Robert Burns He was a care-defying blade As ever Bacchus listed, Tho’ Fortune sair upon him laid, His heart she ever miss’d it. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

This in itself seemed to point to suicide, but the direction in which the blade had entered the body and the position of the wound were not such as would be looked for in a case of self-murder. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins Monaldeschi caught the blade with his hand, cutting three of his fingers in the act. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Wilkie Collins Out flashed the swords on both sides, and in went Poulailler’s blade through and through the tender heart of the sergeant-major. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Edith Wharton She knew Tarrant’s faculty for provoking violent scenes — his cool incisiveness cutting into the soul like a white-hot blade into flesh. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Virginia Woolf A hand would be shoved up, a blade would be flashed. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Abraham Merri Amazement crept into his eyes and as he thrust the blade back into his belt they softened with pity. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle He tried to get in with the blade of a very small penknife. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson Schwarz was sitting at the table with his head on his hand, tracing the pattern of the cloth with the blade of his knife. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle The good old Commonwealth blade shore through the plate of steel, cut the stool asunder, and buried its point two inches deep in the oaken floor. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Green Ingersoll It would require millions of acres to support these flocks, and yet there was no blade of grass, and there is no account of it raining baled hay. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Ford Madox Ford On the other hand, Christopher had only to stir a finger and not a blade of grass between the cobbles in the Stillroom Yard could be grubbed up. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Jack London No plant, not a blade of grass, grew on that wretched projection of rock from the ocean’s bottom. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Virginia Woolf The blade is clean, sharp, worn in the centre. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Edgar Allan Poe The blade of this knife was open and bloody. Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald Amory selected a blade of grass and nibbled at it scientifically. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton He no longer looked at her, seemed hardly to know she was there; yet every word he spoke cut like a blade sharpened to wound her. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Throwing off his coat he removed a large handkerchief from the pocket, wadded it in his right hand and grasped the blade high up. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a rasp of steel, a blade flickered like a swift dart of flame, and the man staggered back, with blood running down his forearm and dripping from his fingers. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

G. K. Chesterton The man called a Vegetarian who goes to Ivywood House is generally like a cow trying to live on a blade of grass a day. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

I can’t cut it, but you see it’s easy to separate the cement from the crystal by running the blade underneath. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle His blade flashed out in an instant, while his mare bounded twice her length under the sharp dig of his spurs. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

This weapon was stained with blood; and some hair, which was found to correspond in color with Sir Wynston’s, was sticking in the crevice between the blade and the handle. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Its blade was streaked with red to the hilt. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

The blade sank into the man’s body — through his body into the earth; Captain Madwell came near falling forward upon his work. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Krag pulled out the big blade of the knife, and made a careless and almost savage slash at Maskull’s upper arm. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle This blade drank deep that day, and will again before the sun has travelled from the sea to the hill. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Edgar Allan Poe Having no lancet, however, I was constrained to perform the operation in the best manner I was able, and finally succeeded in opening a vein in my right arm, with the blade of my penknife. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Virginia Woolf Each blade of grass was distinct and the marking of veins and petals. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

The wounds upon the hand of the dead man indicated his having caught and struggled to hold the blade of the weapon with which he was assailed. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Abraham Merri Swifter than the sword of Klaneth he had leaped aside, thrust out his own blade —— Felt it bite deep into the black priest’s side! The black priest howled and fell back. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Elizabeth Gaskell The rain had ceased, though every leaf and blade was loaded with trembling glittering drops. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

H. Rider Haggard Every twig and blade of grass showed out as clearly as in the day, but looked like frosted silver. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

I pushed and shoved and, finally, forced the blade of a thin knife between the panels. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

G. K. Chesterton Six spears thrust upon Eldred Were splintered while he laughed; One spear thrust into Eldred, Three feet of blade and shaft. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

It was a keen Toledo blade — keen enough to sever a hare. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

And he dealt Maurevel such a violent thrust with his sword that, although the blade had to encounter his buff belt, the sharp point pierced this obstacle and sank into the flesh. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Conan Doyle The weapon he held straight up in front of him with blade erect, so that he might either bring it down with a swinging blow, or by a turn of the heavy blade he might guard his own head and body. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Edgar Allan Poe Leaping upon the back of the huge beast, he plunged the blade of a knife behind the neck, reaching the spinal marrow at a blow. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

He made an extraordinary swift motion with his right hand, and I saw that he was facing me with a long steel blade displayed. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

James Joyce His blade of human knowledge, natural astuteness particularised by long association with cases in the police courts, had been tempered by brief immersions in the waters of general philosophy. Dubliners by James Joyce

The blade bore a two-fold inscription — on the side next the world was written the word ‘suffer,’ — on that opposed to eternity, despair. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

She wound a blade of grass round her finger, and then unwound it again. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

James Joyce The dame dowager’s duffgerent to present wappon, blade drawn to the full and about wheel without to be seen of them. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Robert Louis Stevenson I cannot say I followed it, my untrained eye was never quick enough to seize details, but it appears he caught his brother’s blade with his left hand, a practice not permitted. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

When she opened her eyes the shadow of the sash wriggled on the blind as it flapped, a blade of sunshine lay under the door that opened upon the veranda, and neither sight was new to her. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

The blade was round, and of flexible silver. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Abraham Merri Blue blade of Nabu, scimitar of Zubran, brand of Sigurd rose and fell, struck and thrust. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

T. H. Huxley Thus we saw in both the blade of grass and the horse but the same elements differently combined and arranged. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Charles Stur There was not a blade of anything for our horses to eat round about our solitary bivouac, so that we were obliged to fasten them to the trees, only three in number, and to the cart. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Walter Scott So I will be true to you as blade to haft, as our cutlers say, who are the best in the whole world. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

W. H. Hudson But what shall I say of sleep? Often with this blade would I have delivered myself from its torture but for the fear that there may be after death something even worse than this dream. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

George Meredith He staggered and flourished his blade in the air, calling “On!” without stirring. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

D.H. Lawrence And between, like a blade of the sky cleaving the earth asunder, went the pale-blue lake, cleaving mountain from mountain with the triumph of the sky. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

The blade of a large bowie knife was protruding from the opening of his jacket. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Virginia Woolf Every blade of grass was bent by rain. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

At the same moment you see the younger plants in blade or bud, the older in ear or fruit. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Abraham Merri The blade of Nabu lay there, no longer blue but stained as was he from tip of blade to hilt. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle Your sword now is heavier than mine, by the look of it, and yet my blade would bite deeper. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne But if it isn’t the wind, what can it be?” Phil Evans got out the best blade of his knife and set to work on the wall near the door. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Abraham Merri It swept through them like a blade through brittle stubble. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Voltaire’s style is narrow; it is like a rapier — all point; with such neatness, such lightness, the sweeping blade of Pascal has become an impossibility. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence He seemed like a blade of destruction standing there. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Morrison Dicky knew that these pots and pails were kept at night in a shed behind the house; so he scuttled across the road, opening the blade of his old knife as he ran. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Every blow of the hammer fell upon a thick pad or cushion, and the saw was not used until the handle had been wrapped in wool, and the blade steeped in oil. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

William Godwin Not a drop of water, not a tree, not a blade of grass, was to be found through this vast surface. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Miles Franklin There was not a blade of grass to be seen, and the ground was too dusty to sit on. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Rudyard Kipling The blade was as sharp as a razor, and the gun in perfect working order. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I failed to discern a single green blade as I came along. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

William Morris Nay, friend,” she said, as he handled his sword-hilt, “it must be patience and wisdom to bring us through, and not the fallow blade of one man, though he be a good one. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

D. H. Lawrence He pressed the blade slowly, slowly deep into the meat: as far as a knife will go in a piece of kid. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Abraham Merri Kenton shouted and leaped upon the deck, cutting with his sword, while the mace of Gigi struck, and the blade of Sigurd, the scimitar of Zubran look toll. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

He lowered his blade and stepped back. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The thin flexible blade was unlike the blade of any other dagger the surgeon had ever seen. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Morrison He wiped the blade of the weapon, put it back in its place, took the keys from the dead man’s pocket, and regained his concealment in the idol. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Charles Stur The line of the horizon was broken to the north-west and north by hills similar to the one we had ascended; but in those directions not a blade of grass, not a glittering spot was to be seen. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Baldwin Spencer The blade is trigonal, though amongst a large number doubtless a few would be met with which would show a trace of a fourth surface. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Meredith Away went his patient, returning at the end of the fortnight, lean, and with the appetite of a Toledo blade for succulent slices. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

A knife, with the blade broken. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Charles Dickens The weapon had struck Edward in the arm, and although the wound itself was slight, it threatened to be mortal, for the blade of the dagger had been smeared with poison. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Charles Stur There was not a blade of vegetation to be seen either on the low ground or on the ranges, which were from 3 to 400 feet in height, and were nothing more than vast accumulations of sand and rocks. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Robert Louis Stevenson Whether it was my quickness, or his own uncertainty, I know not; but the blade only grazed my shoulder, while the hilt and his fist struck me violently on the mouth. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Kingsley The blade gleamed in the air, once, twice, and fell: not on the chain, but on the wrist which it fettered. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Baldwin Spencer The blade is always lanceolate in shape and made out of mulga: it is spliced on to the shaft, resin wound round with tendon being used to secure the two parts together. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

DADDY [waking and emerging]: Wassat? [Still half asleep, he lets his head fall back, with mouth open and Adam’s apple protruding from his withered throat like the blade of a tomahawk. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Guy de Maupassan She cited astonishing cases of fat women who in three months had become more slender than the blade of a knife. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling But look you, Kaa!” He caught the snake behind the hood, forced the mouth open with the blade of the knife, and showed the terrible poison-fangs of the upper jaw lying black and withered in the gum. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Standing on one leg and then on the other, he twisted his cap in his hands, turning over a blade of grass in his mouth, as though he did not quite know how to begin. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Steve and Jud pulled the animal’s head back for him to saw at its throat, but only a small piece of blade remained in the handle and he was unable to cut through the matted wool. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Edgar Allan Poe Scraping against it, I discovered it to be a solid mass of iron, which, from its peculiar wavy feel as I passed the blade along it, I concluded to be a chain-cable. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Guy de Maupassant Numerous silent shadows glided among the trees and occasionally a blade of steel gleamed in the shadow as a ray of moonlight struck it. Walter Schnaffs’ Adventure (L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

In the morning Jack was sent out with the four-and-twenty cows, and the place he was told to drive them to had not a blade of grass in it for them, but was full of stones. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Andrew Lang Take three drops of blood from the child’s little finger, rub them on your servant’s wrists with a blade of grass and he will return to life. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then sang on her head that seemly blade its war-song wild. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Rudyard Kipling Suleiman-bin-Daoud bent his head and whispered very softly, ‘Little man, you know that all your stamping wouldn’t bend one blade of grass. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Sir Walter Scott A buff belt, with a broad silver buckle, sustained on one side a long straight double-edged broadsword, with a strong guard, and a blade calculated either to strike or push. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Cold and fearful the girl bent forward, like a blade of grass, the sport of the wanton wind. Mother by Maksim Gorky

D. H. Lawrence Then she glanced again at the foot of the tree, where the man who had died was still sitting, inconspicuous now, for the sun had left him; and only the far blade of the sea shone bright. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan It was one of those days when nothing seemed stirring, not a blade of grass, not a leaf. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Lomaque was already in a position to set him at defiance — nay, to put his neck, perhaps, under the blade of the guillotine. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

I approached it, and, inserting the blade of my knife, pulled. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Then with a grim smile he carried it into the bathroom and held it under the tap there until the blade was quite clean. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Each combatant took a knife, examined it critically near the candle and tested the strength of blade and handle across his lifted knee. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

La Mole resumed his guard as firm as an automaton, and Coconnas crossed his blade with an emphatic “By Heaven!” “Ah ça! now they will murder each other in real earnest, if we do not interfere. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

H. Rider Haggard He never used the broad blade of the axe except when hard pressed, or when striking at a shield. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

E. F. Benson I daresay there won’t be a blade of grass left presently. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Robert Browning And lo, a blade for a knight’s emprise Filled the fine empty sheath of a man— The Duke grew straightway brave and wise. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

John Morley Nobody now thinks that the effect is homogeneous with its cause, or that there is any objective resemblance between a blade of wheat and the moisture and warmth which fill and expand it. Voltaire by John Morley

When will you cease this brawling among yourselves? A soldier’s blade should never be turned upon men of his own army. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

He had found the bolt too stiff to move and so had cut through it with the blade of a hack-saw. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Arnold Bennett She’s got a four-bladed propeller, and one blade is broken off short. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

I approached, but he waved me off, and when the point of the flaming blade touched my heart, there passed a pang through it, I know not whether of joy or of sorrow. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Schomberg had, with an address peculiar to himself, pierced the horse’s leg with a kind of cutlass, of which the blade was heavier than the handle and which had remained in the wound. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

James Joyce Instruments. A blade of grass, shell of her hands, then blow. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]