Phrases with "blew"

Virginia Woolf With one blast it blew out colour — even a Rembrandt in the National Gallery, even a solid ruby in a Bond Street window: one blast and they were gone. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

This wind is very hot, very parching, and very violent; it blew the dust into our eyes so that we could hardly keep them open. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

She had always hated explosions, literal and metaphorical; people who blew into paper bags and then burst them had always been regarded by Lucy with a mixture of abhorrence and awe. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

George Meredith February blew South-west for the pairing of the birds. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Maitland blew out his human light, entered his room, moving delicately among the shadows, lay down on his clean bed and slept. The House by the Poppy Field by Marjorie Bowen

E. F. Benson Then I blew out my candle and instantly fell asleep. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Willa Cather A sweet, warm wind blew over the grass, drying the waterdrops. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Charles Dickens You remember the sharp east wind that blew so hard five weeks ago? I give you my honour it was rampant in that old house last night, though out of doors there was a dead calm. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Arthur Machen I would hear him coming from far away, for he blew a horn as he walked, so that people in the scattered farms might come out with their letters if they had any. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Willa Cather Your public wanted just about eighty degrees; if you gave it more it blew its nose and put a crimp in you. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft The dampness was less foetid, and all the strange fungi had withered to a kind of harmless greyish powder which blew ashlike along the floor. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Olaf Stapledon Smiling, you stepped back and blew me a kiss. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

A barefooted policeman who had been watching the affair from across the street blew a whistle. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Then he blew into his flute, pocketed it, and started to shamble inconspicuously down the gutter till in a minute he was lost to view. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Guy de Maupassan Nothing moved except a little cloud of smoke that rose intermittently toward the ceiling with every puff that Olivier Bertin, lying upon his divan, blew slowly from a cigarette between his lips. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

At that instant the Black Hawk blew up, every thing went asunder, and to my affrighted soul the boat appeared to rise many feet out of the water. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Theodore Dreiser It blew up cold after a rain one afternoon when Carrie was still without a jacket. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence He touched her tenderly with his finger-tips, then suddenly blew out the candles, and walked across in the faint moonlight to the door. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle You remember the day when the elm blew down, and the road was blocked until they could saw it in two. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Andrew Lang Then he took Simon’s pipe and blew into it with all his might, in the hopes of calling his wife back to life. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

During the day the trade-wind blew a gentle and refreshing breeze, which died away as the night set in, and then the river was as smooth as glass. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Andrew Lang They were all gathered round the heap of pink cushions on which the baby lay asleep, when a shadow seemed to fall between them and the sun, while a cold wind blew through the room. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith The breeze that blew seemed mercy. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Rudyard Kipling Then he blew thick smoke-wreaths through his nostrils and stretched himself. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Guy de Maupassan A warm breeze, laden with the sweet smell of the hay, blew into the room, and on the lawn, which had been mown the day before, she could see the heaps of dry grass lying in the moonlight. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Well, next day it came on to blow, and it blew harder and harder, till about eight o’clock at night I heard a noise and looked out into the garden. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

D. H. Lawrence They went out, and Lettie blew us kisses from the doorway. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne However, the storm, coming from the northwest, blew across the island, and the position of Granite House preserved it from a direct attack. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry David Thoreau The very winds blew the Indian’s cornfield into the meadow, and pointed out the way which he had not the skill to follow. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Rudyard Kipling He was dead before the big man blew him in two. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Washington Irving Johnson, however, with respect to Goldsmith, and indeed with respect to everybody else, blew hot as well as cold, according to the humor he was in. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Louisa May Alcott It drizzled a little, shone a little, blew a little, and didn’t make up its mind till it was too late for anyone else to make up theirs. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Andrew Lang They caught the wind that blew before them, and the wind that blew behind them did not catch them. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells It blew out like a magnificent bubble. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

The man was immensely agile, for he was up in a second and something hot and bright blew into Dickson’s face. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

D. H. Lawrence A little wind, coming from the sea, blew across her body and ruffled her hair. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Rafael Sabatini Sakr-el-Bahr gave the word to row, and Vigitello blew a second and longer blast. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

D. H. Lawrence Bright spots came on her cheeks as her hair blew across. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Katherine Mansfield The wind caught it up in mocking echo, blew it over the house-tops, down the street, far away from him. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle A warm wind blew from the westward, and heavy clouds moved slowly across the sky, with half a moon peeping occasionally through the rifts. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

G. K. Chesterton A breeze blew so clean and sweet, that one could not think that it blew from the sky; it blew rather through some hole in the sky. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Robert Louis Stevenson To-day it blew fresh breezes; but the seamen nevertheless landed twenty-eight stones, and the artificers built the fifty-eighth and fifty-ninth courses. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang However, he blew the whistle, and in a few minutes the hares came bounding through the hedge on all the four sides of the field, and before long were all sitting round him in a circle. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence A fine rain blew in her face as she walked along the road. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins As she did this, the wind blew open the title-page of the Hymns, and displayed this inscription on it, written in large, clumsy characters — “Sarah Leeson, her book. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

The singing awoke the abbot, so that he sat up in bed and blew a silver whistle until the lay brother came to him. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

Wilkie Collins The instant he blew her candle out, she dropped the china candlestick, in a paroxysm of terror. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Kenneth Grahame As he sighed and blew and stared before him into the dark hole, some bright small thing shone and twinkled in its depths, moving towards him. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Robert Green Ingersoll So he took down the bible, blew the dust off it, read a little from a chapter, and had family worship. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James He was at any rate in the strong grip of a dizzy splendid fate; the wild wind of his life blew him straight before it. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

He blew the golden curl from his lips and sounded a laugh that was like the ringing of silver bells. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

M. R. James I blew a whistle twice, and the wind seemed to come absolutely in answer to my call. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Andrew Lang But he blew in vain, for the poor soul was as dead as a door-nail. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But whether the ants had got at it, or, being a very old book, it had perished by natural decay, all the early pages had crumbled to dust which blew away when she opened it. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Virginia Woolf The curtain with its flight of birds of Paradise blew out again. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Daniel Defoe But the night after, it blew a dreadful storm (not much inferior, for the time it lasted, to the storm mentioned above which blew down the lighthouse on the Eddystone). From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

George MacDonald Don’t you remember that day when the man was finding fault with your name — how I blew the window in?” “Yes, yes,” answered Diamond, eagerly. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Guy de Maupassan They all three simultaneously uttered a cry; the girl blew out the candle, the officer instinctively half drew his sword, and the student ran away. An Honest Ideal by Guy de Maupassan

William Morris He put off his helm and drew back his mail-coif, then took a trumpet from the hand of a herald and blew strongly. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

He had again that half smile upon his face, as he blew ring after ring of smoke into the air. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Caroline Lamb It seemed as if the wind, as it blew along the wooded shores, had struck upon the chords. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Henry James Most of the time I paced the deck to keep myself warm; for the wind (north-east, I believe) blew up through the dock as if it had been the pipe of a pair of bellows. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson As he went, he drew a black-edged handkerchief from his tail-pocket, and, for the dozenth time, blew his nose and wiped his eyes. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

The gale had freshened since noon, stopping the traffic on the river, and now blew with the strength of a hurricane in fitful bursts that boomed like salvoes of great guns firing over the ocean. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Virginia Woolf Racing over the hills in the country the wind blew vast rings of shadow that dwindled again to green. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Thomas Hardy She blew long enough to show that the sand had all slipped through. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins He blew furiously on the whistle that summoned Ariel from the kitchen regions, and danced up and down on his hands in the full frenzy of his delight. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Rudyard Kipling Then a heavier gust blew all away down wind in grains of dark coloured dust. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

It blew a tremendous gale from the eastward, with sleet and snow, and there was every promise of a dangerous and fatiguing night. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Rudyard Kipling We called ‘er “Bloody Eliza.” She ‘ad a badly wore obturator an’ blew through a fair treat. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

It blew half a gale before we were out of the Channel, and by the time we had rounded Ushant it was as dirty weather as ever I hope to see. Prester John by John Buchan

F. Scott Fitzgerald The breath of an inquisitive dog blew warm and nervous on her neck; she could feel her skin broiling a little in the heat and hear the small exhausted wa-waa of the expiring waves. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D.H. Lawrence The creeper was tapping at the window, as a little wind blew up the sunshine. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim The taxicab driver blew his horn. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

The wind, instead of coming out from the northward, as is usual, blew steadily and freshly from the anchoring-ground. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

John Galsworthy A low-down thoughtmean and ornery! “She blew in,” he said. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Gerard blew out the candle; and on this the corpse’s face shone still more like a glowworm’s head. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope This was so the other day in Naples, when Garibaldi blew away the king’s armies with a breath. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells When someone in the Group suggested that the Commonsense Movement was really Practical Christianity, Rud blew up and revealed something of what he had hidden away in his mind. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Charles Dickens But in another moment they had reached the daylight at the foot of the cellar-steps, and before he cheerfully sprang up them, he blew out his candle and the superstition together. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

He bottled up his anger, but when it blew the cork out it spurted over and splashed all his home; it flew in the faces and soused everyone who came near him. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Anthony Trollope Shrill blew the morning breeze,   Biting and cold. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The cold wind blew in again through to front door, and with a desperate, frantic energy Evylyn stretched both her arms around the bowl. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence Geoffrey blew out the light and flung himself on to the hay. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Guy de Maupassan I sat down again and thought over my adventure for a long time; then I went to bed and blew out my light. “The Terror” by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne The compressed air blew up her decks, as if the magazines had caught fire. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Willa Cather None of them had any appearance of permanence, and the howling wind blew under them as well as over them. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Andrew Lang He blew his silver whistle, and the swallow who acted as messenger in the golden castle flew past. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Burns Cauld blew the bitter-biting north Upon thy early, humble birth; Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth Amid the storm, Scarce rear’d above the parent earth Thy tender form. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Jack London Out of the north, across the full sweep of the great lake, blew an unending snow gale. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Willa Cather It blew up in clouds from the bleak, lifeless country through which they passed, until they were one color with the sagebrush and sandhills. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Pitifully the storm blew her into his arms, a tossed and straying thing that could not speak for sobs; pitifully and with a rough incoherent sound he gathered and held her in that refuge. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

H. G. Wells He blew out his cheeks, and his eyes were eloquent of despair. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

James Joyce He blew through the flue two husky fifenotes. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Andrew Lang I give these stanzas— VIII. They lighted on the banks o’ Tweed, And blew their coals sae het, And fired the Merse and Teviotdale, All in an evening late. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Charles Dickens But it blew up, and Catesby was singed and blackened, and almost killed, and some of the others were sadly hurt. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

H. G. Wells The morning breeze blew very pleasantly through the unglazed window, and that and the food contributed to the sense of animal comfort which I experienced. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

A north wind blew up suddenly at Eucla, and Gooradoo’s father entertained grave fears for his boy’s safety. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

James Joyce Rock, the head bailiff, standing at the bar blew the foamy crown from his tankard. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Olaf Stapledon In another, where science had advanced too far for the safety of an immature species, man accidentally blew up his planet and his race. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George MacDonald It blew him right up to the stable-door, and went on blowing. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Charles Dickens Once we had a break-down; rather a bad break-down, on a steep high place with the sea below us, on a tempestuous evening when it blew great guns. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

M. R. James When he had read a somewhat solid work long enough to produce a decided wish to sleep, he cast a drowsy glance round the room, blew out the candle, and fell back upon the pillow. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Charles Dickens I wonder where it was, and when it was, that we exploded, blew into space somehow, a Parliamentary Train, with a crowd of heads and faces looking at us out of cages, and some hats waving. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Would you care to hear it?” He lit a cigarette and blew a cloud of smoke while he waited for my answer. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

E. F. Benson She left the door open, and a strong draught blew round Elizabeth’s ankles. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then a squall came up; we sat a while in roaring midnight under rivers of rain, and, when it blew by, there was the light again, immovable. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells The reeds bent before them, the wind blew fresh and strong, over his shoulder the master could see the webs hurrying to overtake . Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Yestreen I saw a ship go forth When the wind blew merry from the north. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Part with a slender palm taborines beat merrily jangling; Now with a cymbal slim would a sharp shrill tinkle awaken; Often a trumpeter horn blew murmurous, hoarsely resounding. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

With a feline movement, Ricardo glanced over his shoulder at the thin back of the spectre reposing on the bed, and then blew out the candle. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His long bony fingers shook a little as he blew out the match. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

But, I don’t know why, a sort of doubtful feeling came over me, and while I blew I watched the water for Temple to come up. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle I blew out the tanks and rose, for there was no sign of any warship near. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

The numbness and chill were passing, and the air of a summer night blew warm on my cheek. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Jules Verne Fortunately a lovely breeze blew from the northwest, and if it held would be favorable for crossing Lake Teffe. They could go to Ega and return rapidly without having to tack. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

A wandering breeze, fresh and fragrant, blew the curtains of my window. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Jules Verne The sea rolled heavily, and the wind at intervals rose almost to a storm, but happily blew from the south-west, and thus aided the steamer’s progress. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Now, under foot, the dry hammock lay everywhere and the night-wind blew on their backs. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Henry James All this, every inch of it, came in the waft that she blew through and left behind her, the influence that, as I have said, lingered. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Algernon Blackwood Dr. Silence leaned forward, opened the lantern and blew the light out. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Algernon Blackwood As he softly opened the door the draught blew through from the open windows, stirring the white curtains by the bed. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

A damp wind blew on her face, the mud splashed, and the coachman on the box, half-turned toward her, complained in a meditative snuffle: “I say to him — my brother, that is — let’s go halves. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins From a distant house the voices of children were just audible, singing the plaintive melody of a hymn; and, now and then, the breeze blew the first faded leaves of autumn against the window. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle For two days I turned it over in my mind, and on the third there came something which first brought all my resolutions to a head, and then blew them all to nothing like a puff of smoke in the wind. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

D. H. Lawrence They went over the field, where a thin, keen wind blew round the ball of the hill, in the starlight. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson The wind, being in that cold quarter the north-west, blew nearly in our faces as we went. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Algernon Blackwood Winds, cool and refreshing, from some elemental region blew soundlessly about her. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Gustave Flauber Suddenly a man of mean appearance bounded to Hanno’s feet, snatched up a herald’s trumpet, blew it, and Spendius (for it was he) announced that he was going to say something of importance. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Cigarette blew a contemptuous puff of smoke. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Gustave Flauber The outgoing tide exposed star-fish and sea-urchins, and the children tried to catch the flakes of foam which the wind blew away. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Andrew Lang First he blew so softly that it seemed like the gentle breeze at evening, and then he turned round and raised such a mighty storm, that he blew down a whole row of oak trees. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Outside, the world was covered with snow, and the air that blew in through the passage was bitterly cold. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

A taint of imbecile rapacity blew through it all, like a whiff from some corpse. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Guy de Maupassant Daddy Taille blew his nose with the noise of a trombone, and old Touchard brandished a whole loaf half over the table, and the cook shed silent tears on the crust which she was still holding. The Accursed Bread (Le Pain Maudit) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Jules Verne The hurri cane blew nearly forty leagues an hour. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jules Verne When the wind blew the smoky cloud eastward toward Pleasant Garden, a few cinders and ashes drifted down from it. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

When it blew rain or snow from the north he dwelt indoors among dogs and books, puzzling his way through great volumes from his father’s shelves. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

Yet because at such crises instinct rises superior to reason, I blew out the candle and softly made my way into the hall. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle He blew a hole in the skirt of my kimono, bless his shaky old hand, but we got a jacket on him, and he’s to be all right in a week. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

It was a black, damp night; the wind blew continuously, making the river flow more swiftly and blowing the cold sand against my legs. In the World by Maksim Gorky

F. Scott Fitzgerald Failing argument, he had a vague melodramatic idea of knocking him down, tying him up and letting him lie there until it blew over. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

The whole thing blew over after a bit, and the people of the country soon found out that there wasn’t such another Governor (barrin’ one) as the Queen had the sending out of. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

With a presence of mind which, I am glad to say, rarely deserts me, I blew out my candle, slipped to the door, and noiselessly opened it a chink. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

E. F. Benson Did you hear? A cinder from a passing engine blew into her cook’s eye as she was leaning out of the kitchen window, poor thing. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Hale blew his nose, and got up to snuff the candles in order to conceal his emotion. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

William Dampier The wind did not last long but blew very fierce for the time. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

As soon as his noble company was come, all that bare bugle blew at once, and all the others that had no horns halloed. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

D. H. Lawrence You’re only a girl —-” But a tear came from his eye, and he blew his nose vigorously on a large white silk handkerchief, and began to polish his pince nez. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis Snow blew through the chinks of new-made cabins, and Eastern children, with flowery muslin dresses, shivered all winter and in summer were red and black with mosquito bites. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The door was ajar; it was from there that blew the current of air which caused those thin, fantastic flames to flare and gutter in the awful stillness. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

A hot wind blew all day, the sand was flying about in all directions. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Sir Richard Burton Suddenly, ere we were ware of aught, the Ifrit yelled out from under the flames and, coming up to us as we stood on the estrade, blew fire in our faces. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

T. E. Lawrence He sat down by our coffee-place, where Mohammed blew up the fire while I sought to make him utter doctrine. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Louisa May Alcott The fresh winds blew away desponding doubts, delusive fancies, and moody mists. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

The wind still blew furiously, and the oaks on the fringes of the wood were whipped like saplings. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was dark, the wind blew clean through it from end to end; and here I found a great block of passengers and baggage, hundreds of one and tons of the other. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

One of the pages carried two gerfalcons upon a perch, the other a hunting-horn, which he blew with a careless note at twenty paces from the castle. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Her small legs trembled, the shawl blew against her face, she felt (or imagined that she felt) spiders’ thread in her hair, then her feet found the water-butt, she held her body together and jumped. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Mr Carlyle blew his nose and contrived to impart a hurt significance into the operation. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Sinclair Lewis And the Adelbert Socialist League blew up with it. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

George MacDonald Every inspiration of the dark wind that blew where it listed, went out a sigh of thanksgiving. Lilith by George MacDonald

Jack London Like a flaw of wind on a summer night the revolution, a palace revolution of course, blew and was past. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

E. F. Benson It happened to be a major third above Lucia’s cor anglais, and they blew on them together with a very charming effect. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Guy de Maupassant A rather dry autumn wind blew across the plain, promising a cool evening after the sun had set. Benoist (La Martine) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

She blew the light out in the hall, and, opening the front door, stood with him for a silent moment on the threshold. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

George Meredith Rumour blew out a candle and left the wick to smoke in relation to their former intercourse. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Willa Cather Rosicky would stand at the fence corner and watch them, and the earth was so dry it blew up in clouds of brown dust that hid the horses and the sulky plough and the driver. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Wilkie Collins He then, after making more signs on the boy’s head, blew on his forehead, and so woke him up with a start. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

William Dampier The sky looked very black, being covered with dark clouds, the wind blew hard and the seas ran high. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveller wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Guy de Maupassant The moist air blew into the room, and brought a sort of moist dust with it, which powdered their beards. Mademoiselle Fifi by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

H. Rider Haggard For three days and three nights it blew thus, and the Raven sped along before the gale. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells When Lagune came to the question of his real identity he blew out his cheeks in the most astonishing way, but made no other sign. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Producing some stout whipcord from his pocket he deftly and securely bound Martin’s limbs; then going out on to the verandah he blew three shrill blasts upon his whistle. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson They blew a trumpet at the cross, Some forty men, both foot and horse. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

The passengers gave us a cheer and one of the men blew me a kiss, and my companion was delighted. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Willa Cather Then he blew her a kiss with his finger-tips and fled. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

D. H. Lawrence She had to hide in her room till the cold wind blew again. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He blew her a kiss from his lips, and blessed her in his heart, and protested to himself that he knew she would come out of the fire pure altogether and proved to be without dross. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The moment they set foot on the deck of the Duncan, the piper blew his bagpipes, and commenced the national pibroch of the Malcolm clan, while loud hurrahs rent the air. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Abraham Merri So he slew her — like a little mound of dust she danced and blew away after he had slain her; and also he slew others who had grown displeasing to him. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

John Galsworthy He blew until his cheeks were tired, and then, nipping the aperture, took a bit of the dental cotton he used on his teeth every night and tied it up. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

H. Rider Haggard Finding that, if anything, it blew from the elephants to us, we crept on stealthily, and thanks to the cover managed to get within forty yards or so of the great brutes. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Handel Richardson The surface of the water was whipt by a wind that blew the foam from the wave-crests in cloudlets of steam or smoke. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

D.H. Lawrence Helena blew out her violin-candle, and came to sit down on the side of the fire opposite to Byrne. The music began. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

George Meredith This is the help we get from Milan: a specimen of what we may expect!” Sana had puffed himself hot, and now blew for coolness. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Gissing The day was overcast, and a cold wind blew from the mountains; Basil had never known such misery as fell upon him when he reentered his gloomy, silent house. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson This blew off the rain and brought out the sun. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Finally, just as he was about to caper round the bend, where the trees would hide him, Morgan blew her a kiss with his finger-tips, and disappeared. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Charles Stur The heat at this period was every day increasing, and it blew violently from whatever point of the compass the wind came. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Henry Handel Richardson Rigorously she mopped her eyes, wiped her cheeks, blew a resounding peal on her nose. Sister Ann by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis Theoretically, she was paying a woman to care for her son, but Vince paid the woman and Cerise blew in on dresses and bracelets all of the seventy-five — and more. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

M. P. Shiel All that dismal night it blew great guns: and during nearly three weeks, till London was no more, there was a storm, with hardly a lull, that seemed to behowl her destruction. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

D. H. Lawrence She blew out little tiny whiffs of smoke, and thought about it; she sent a small puff down her nostrils, and rubbed her nose. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson She poured it into her saucer and blew on it. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Edith Wharton A breeze that rose and sank brushed their faces with the scents of the garden; once it blew out over the water a great white moth like a drifting magnolia petal. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

The wreaths already blew out far to leeward, flames already glittered in the cabin skylight; and the sea-fowl were scattered in surprise as wide as the lagoon. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

They blew strong and steady, so that we hardly started a rope, until we were beyond their latitude. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The beasts that were ranging beside his path dropped dead from concussion, and the steam that snored from his nose blew birds into bits and made great lumps of cloud fall out of the sky. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens