Phrases with "blown"

At last, it was suddenly blown out. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson But our road is impassable for horses; we hear a schooner has been wrecked and some native houses blown down in Apia, where Belle is still and must remain a prisoner. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker When he saw my face, he seemed to realise dangerimmediate danger — and slunk out of the room as noiselessly as if he had been blown out. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Guy de Maupassan The old beggar then said that they had apparently taken refuge in it to get out of the storm and that a furious squall must have blown the hut over the cliff. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

In a second they were up again, for a horn was blown behind them. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

It was literally blown to pieces by the fatal hurricane in which the unfortunate governor and his lady lost their lives. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Arthur Conan Doyle The starboard quarter had been blown in by the explosion, and the ship was sinking rapidly. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

It seemed to me that a stronger breeze would have blown away the contamination which clung to the ship. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

He was a good deal blown and heated by his run, and a little wild and scared at the closeness of the captain’s unconscious pursuit. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy In front lay the brown leaves of last year, and upon them some yellowish-green ones of this season that had been prematurely blown down by the gale. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Locusts are sometimes blown to great distances from the land; I myself caught one 370 miles from the coast of Africa, and have heard of others caught at greater distances. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The wind had blown up cold from the east and the young man shivered as he closed and fastened the windows. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

In less than twelve hours we have established the identity of a man literally blown to shreds, have found the organiser of the attempt, and have had a glimpse of the inciter behind him. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Jules Verne The second time, after many careful researches, he found that a pillar had just been blown up. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

M. P. Shiel They proceed for some distance, but there is an open window on the stairs, and the light is blown out. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Jane Austen Lady Catherine had been rendered so exceedingly angry by the contents of her nephew’s letter, that Charlotte, really rejoicing in the match, was anxious to get away till the storm was blown over. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

This is the gate which was blown up by the Japanese in their recent attack on and entry into the city. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

D. H. Lawrence Big holes were blown into the sky, the moonlight blew about. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson She had then left the candle in a draught, and it had been blown out. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

Ford Madox Ford The German trenches before Wytschaete! That was before the great mines had blown Wytschaete to hell . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Virginia Woolf I am blown like a leaf by the gale; now brushing the wet grass, now whirled up. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Anthony Trollope How is one to have an opinion if one does not get it by looking at the things that happen around us?’ ‘Now I am going to be blown up,’ said Dr Thorne. ‘Dear uncle, do be serious with me. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George MacDonald Sometimes she has blown me out of a dream altogether. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

G. K. Chesterton When you see the green flag of the Prophet, you do not think of a green field in Summer, you think of a green wave in your seas of Winter; for you think it blown by the east wind. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

I would try to win her as plain John Hammond. If she was a true woman, I told myself, vanity and ambition would be blown to the four winds, provided I could win her love. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

D. H. Lawrence Strange and amorphous, she must go yearning on through the trouble, like a warm, glowing cloud blown in the middle of a storm. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

At the moment of greatest brilliance the darkness leaped back with a culminating crash, and he vanished before my dazzled eyes as utterly as though he had been blown to atoms. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Now that the scandal had blown over, her return to Knype Hill had aroused very little curiosity. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth I pity you, my dear, for having let your veil be blown aside malheureusement. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

He knew it, as though the guns had blown away a veil from his eyes. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Thomas Hardy Some were Maenades, with winy faces and blown hair. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith She held in her left hand a bunch of buds and blown cups of the pale purple meadow-crocus. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Sinclair Lewis The stupidity that lay over his senses like uncombed wool was blown away as he exulted in the beauty of the city night. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Algernon Blackwood For a second it occurred to him that the great enclosing roof had rolled back and blown away, letting in air and some lost ray of sunshine. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

D. H. Lawrence The woman has blown off an amazing quantity of poison-gas. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

They’ve blown in the big door, and the feck o’ them’s inside. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

H. G. Wells At any moment the little brass door behind him might open with the news of Brissago blown to atoms. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle The German line suffered even more heavily than the British. Captain Hase’s ship, the Derrflinger, had a huge hole blown in her bows, and sank by the head. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James You’ll be only just a public character — blown about the world ‘for all you’re worth,’ and proclaimed ‘for all you’re worth’ on the house-tops. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The wind had blown off, leaving a loud, bright night, with wings beating in the trees and a persistent organ sound as the full bellows of the earth blew the frogs full of life. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gustave Flauber Several of the trees had been blown down, but they had started to grow in the middle and all were laden with quantities of apples. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Algernon Blackwood This strange being, blown by the winds of chance into his keeping, must be his first consideration. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

A horn was blown full loud just once, that all might know that one might find the noble prince in camp. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Henry James That made it, however, the more imperative that his spent displeasure shouldn’t be blown out again. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

D. H. Lawrence Without her, they would have felt like straws in the wind, to be blown hither and thither at random. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London There were reports of numerous wireless stations that had been blown up, with heavy rewards offered for the detection of the perpetrators. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her very being shrivelled and parched up in Jemima’s presence, as if blown upon by a bitter, keen, east wind. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Then it shall be blown again, and, lo! they shall stand up and look on. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

He notices what a beautiful day it was on April 18, 1840, and regrets that he cannot “fling himself on a gentle breeze and be blown away into the country. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She held in her hand a hammer, her tousled fair hair and huge bangs were blown this way and that by the current of wind blowing through the place. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

In Hans Donnerspiel the usurpation was not complete; he still knew enough to go in when it rained, but he did not know enough to stay there after the storm had blown over. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Considering how likely we all are to be blown to pieces by it within the next five years, the atomic bomb has not roused so much discussion as might have been expected. Collected Essays by George Orwell

In the morning the animals came out of their stalls to find that the flagstaff had been blown down and an elm tree at the foot of the orchard had been plucked up like a radish. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Anthony Trollope Up flew on all sides of the ground figures to show that Stumps had made a dozen, and two British clarionets were blown with a great deal of vigour. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Till he reaches a pitch of dehumanised recklessness, and then the lid is blown off, as the top is blown off a hill to make a new volcano. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri But no — she was not a Wolf-woman! What was she? Into my mind came a Uighur word, an ancient word that I had not blown I knew. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells They were shot in the head or frozen or blown to bits. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

But with that stroke went a gust of wind about them, so that the torch-flames were nigh blown out. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson Even to get their baggage from on board was no light business; for the dingy was blown so far to leeward every trip, that they must carry her back by hand along the beach. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence A long, thin man, looking still a youth, with a line of black moustache above his thick mouth, and his fine hair blown on his forehead, he worked away at the earth in the grey first light, alone. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

I hardly breathed, for the feeling that a deeper breath would have blown away the mist that was our sole protection now. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H.P. Lovecraft A hillock had blown away, leaving a low, irregularly round mass of megaliths and smaller fragments some forty feet across and from two to eight feet high. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Daniel Defoe At Twyning, at least eleven barns are blown down. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

This induced us to look at home, for if the palace is bombarded, the Casa de Moneda cannot escape, and if the palace is blown up, the Casa de Moneda will most certainly keep it company. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

He lived like a feather, blown about here and there by the wind, neither a worker nor a do-nothing. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hobbes So likewise if it be false to say that virtue can be poured, or blown up and down, the words inpoured virtue, inblown virtue, are as absurd and insignificant as a round quadrangle. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Sinclair Lewis On October 2nd, they had the news that the plant of the Los Angeles Times, which had been warring with union labor, had been blown up, with nineteen deaths. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Virginia Woolf The vision of the man at Eleanor’s changed slightly like an air ball blown aside. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The wind was blown out, but the sea was as dangerous as ever. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

E. F. Benson Then it went downwards towards the fire, and flames suddenly started up in its path, blown upwards. The Thing in the Hall by E. F. Benson [1912]

William Makepeace Thackeray Their commander states that they took every one of the forts round Paris, and having blown them up, were proceeding to release Louis XVII., when they found that august monarch, happily, free. The History of the Next French Revolution by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Meredith But he had burned his ships, blown up his bridges; retreat could not be thought of. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Gaston Leroux Aren’t they pretty? If you turn the grasshopper, mademoiselle, we shall all be blown up. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

The bugle had blown for dinner: it may well be that all save myself had ceased to strain an eye. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

George Meredith Supposing you had blown yourself up today! You would have thought it better to have been working with Mr. Whitford.” “Sir Willoughby says, when he’s married, you won’t let me hide. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Nobody could have put her in the shade, blown out her light that evening; she was too evidently shining. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

They were much whipped and torn by a late hurricane, which afflicted all the vegetation of the islands, and some of the royal palms were blown down. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Rudyard Kipling We were afraid of staying anywhere near the old tomb for fear it might be blown down. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Robert Green Ingersoll They depended upon the inaccuracy of legend, and for centuries these doctrines and stories were blown about by the inconstant winds. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

D.H. Lawrence It is so still and transcendent, the cypress trees poise like flames of forgotten darkness, that should have been blown out at the end of the summer. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Elizabeth Gaskell You think it is blown by the wind, don’t you?” He looked at her with a grave smile, which did not enliven his thoughtful eyes, but gave an inexpressible sweetness to his face. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Jules Verne The driver and he were obliged to crouch upon the ground to avoid being blown down. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

The wind had blown his lamp out. Signa by Ouida

Guy de Maupassant Napoleon’s forehead was blown away in a white powder, but his eyes, nose and pointed mustache remained intact. An Affair of State (Un coup d'état) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Still the same note sounded, but now it was as if blown by a giant trumpeter immediately over his head. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Rudyard Kipling But none knew — none knew save She and I; and the blown sand of the river-bed covered the track of my feet. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rudyard Kipling The blown sand heaps on me, that none may learn  Where I am laid for whom my children grieve. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

The ceremony of investing a sovereign with the outward and visible signs of his divine right to be blown skyhigh with a dynamite bomb. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

I saw the southerly buster get hold of him and drive him down wind with his hand to his head, his shoulders braced, and the tails of his coat blown hard against his legs. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Baldwin Spencer When the embers were smouldering the little sphere of tinder was wrapped round in a few shreds of Pandanus leaf and very carefully blown until it burst into flames. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry Kingsley An hour after they heard that twenty tons of powder were blown up in the French lines. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Gissing But where love itself dies, blown upon by the cold breath of the world, and those who loved live on with hearts made sepulchres—that is tragedy. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith He stated the terms, which were hardly less than the affrighting ones blown across the Irish sea by that fierce party. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Therefore the hatred of modern life, the desire to see our money-civilization blown to hell by bombs, was a thing he genuinely felt. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

John Galsworthy Poetry’s only possible when you may be blown up at any moment, or when you live in Putney.” Sir Lawrence’s eyebrow rose. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

The papers could tell her nothing beyond the mere fact: the man blown to pieces in Greenwich Park not having been identified. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

William Hope Hodgson For that previous calling, had been but vaguely put about; and then set to the count of a nature, blown upon over-easily by spirit-winds of the half-memory of dreams. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Henry James He would bound off on false scents as I had done — he would clap his hands over new lights and see them blown out by the wind of the turned page. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Finally there came a night when the gale was so violent that the farm buildings rocked on their foundations and several tiles were blown off the roof of the barn. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Frances Hodgson Burnett When she found herself out on the street her step was so light on the pavement that she was rather like a rose petal blown fluttering along by soft vagrant puffs of spring air. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

After meditating for a while, Makola said softly, pointing at the dead man who lay there with his right eye blown out — “He died of fever. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Abraham Merri The woman was of a bold and blown comeliness, black tressed, black-eyed. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Joseph Furphy Ah! (moralised the pipe) the man who spends his life in actual hardship seldom causes a trumpet to be blown before him. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Henry James I gained time, and when I came back the need of a test had blown over. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

This suspicion had blown like a subtle poison through the valley. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle We lost the fore topsail, blown clean out o’ the ringbolts. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Sinclair Lewis In studious solitude he saw winter pass like blown smoke. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens I heard more of the Sacred Book in the cordial voice that had nothing to say about its owner, than in all the would-be celestial pairs of bellows that have ever blown conceit at me. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle Clearly there had been a sudden cyclone of phenomenal severity and the Stratford had been blown over. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Elizabeth Gaskell And when the brilliant fourteen fine days of October came on, her cares were all blown away as lightly as thistledown, and she thought of nothing but the glories of the forest. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Frances Hodgson Burnett This one as she flew like a blown leaf across the floor and laughed up into his face with wide eyes, produced a new effect and was a new kind. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

William Hope Hodgson Yet, for the most, the rock was very stark, as that a blast had blown upon it, and made it bare. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Daniel Defoe Two tempests are blown over, now prepare For storms of treason and intestine war. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Gaston Leroux Rouletabille said to himself as Matrena talked, “I never have seen men so gay, and yet they know perfectly they are apt to be blown up all together any moment. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

H. G. Wells Came a great uprush of ghostly light above the black rim of rocks, and then like a bubble that is blown and detaches itself the moon floated off clear into the unfathomable dark sky. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the meeting it was arranged that he and his house should be blown up with dynamite. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Edmund Burke No government could stand a moment, if it could be blown down with anything so loose and indefinite as an opinion of “misconduct. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

I fought with the Australians in France in the Great War and was blown up by a shell when in a trench before Amiens in August, 1918. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Charles Dickens In ten minutes, all the lights of womankind seemed to have been blown out, and nothing in that way to be left this vault to brag of, but the flickering and expiring snuffs. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

John Galsworthy All his balloons blown up! And there, in her best clothes, she stood, smiling, queer, excited. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

On the other side, where is the King of Spain’s power in Holland? — blown up. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

H. G. Wells I’ll see this blasted planet blown to bits first. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Willa Cather Gerhardt had been blown to pieces at his side when they dashed back through the enemy barrage to find the Missourians. They were running together across the open, not able to see much for smoke. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Abraham Merri They drifted past like bubbles blown from froth of rainbows by pipes in mouths of Titans’ young. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence He surged painfully up, sometimes having to cross a slope of black rock, that was blown bare of snow. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence The lamp was blown out, and the flameless fire, a red rubble, dwindled in the grate, so that the yellow glow of the candles seemed to shine even on the embers. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Henry James The one thing that could have justified her, blown away the dishonour of her monstrous overture, would have been, on his side, the quick response of unmistakable passion. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

H. G. Wells Everybody who had not been drowned or blown out of the water and had escaped to tell the tale, discovered that he and his side had won. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Virginia Woolf For if the exaltation lasted we should be blown like foam into the air. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

That house is of paper, and will be blown away with the first wind, and there my father sits with old Benjamin on his hams beside him, listening to every mouse in the passages. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

It is possible that he saw the place when blown off his course, isn’t it?’ ‘Had he talked to his friend about it then?’ ‘No. He had talked to no one that I know of. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At the gray tea hour there were always rooms that throbbed incessantly with this low, sweet fever, while fresh faces drifted here and there like rose petals blown by the sad horns around the floor. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

M. P. Shiel Looked about for cardboard box and ring and brush, but couldn’t find: box may have got blown away. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

It’ll be jam for the Republicans to find their enemies in the act of plotting with a magnate of the British Press. The Royalists will be blown out of the water—and Mr Craw too. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

He saw in his mind a picture of the Searle who walked round the farm with him; his hatless blond hair blown into untidy ends by the wind, his hands pushed deep into very English flannels. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Scarce had his eye found the word, when a whirlwind of hail and sleet swept into the chamber, and the candles were blown out and the tables overset. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Frances Hodgson Burnett If I had not been born a dogged devil I should have blown my brains out. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The tops of the rollers that broke below were blown off and whirled away into the night — white patches, swallowed up immediately in the increasing darkness. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Baldwin Spencer The red-hot tinder must also be wafted about on paper bark until it bursts into a blaze; it must not be blown by the mouth. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Jules Verne As to ascertaining if a squall had blown it on the landing-place, half way up, that was impossible in the dark. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Daniel Defoe It is thought that five thousand pounds will not make good the repairs at Audley-end house, which belongs to the Earl of Suffolk. A good part also of the Crown-office in the Temple is blown down. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Guy de Maupassan In one night all the leaves had blown off the trees, and in the distance beyond the level ground was seen the long green line of water, covered with trails of white foam. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Henry David Thoreau Or even in mid-channel, when the wind rises, I hear them blown with a rustling sound. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Jules Verne The hissing of the water rent the air with a deafening sound, and the vapor, blown by the wind, fell in rain upon the sea. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Either burnt, or else was blown away. Dr. Knox by Ellen Wood [1873]

George Eliot If only the corn were not ripe enough to be blown out of the husk and scattered as untimely seed! And yet a day on which a blighting sorrow may fall upon a man. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Olaf Stapledon The tent was blown down, and their bedding was wet. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith The spirit of Dr. Middleton, as Clara felt, had been blown into Vernon, rewarding him for forthright outspeaking. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Jack London Of course no wireless stations had been blown up. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Virginia Woolf Yet she pauses as if to warm her knobbed, her rheumaticky hands at the bonfire which flares away with streams of sparks and bits of blown paper. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

George Meredith Old Vernon pays for him, he is the master, he decides, and if Crossjay is blown from the masthead in a gale, the blame does not fall on me. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Rudyard Kipling I saw the bombs thrown at Chicago when our police were blown to bits. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle Jelland’s body had jammed the helm, and she kept a course right before the wind, and fluttered away over the rising sea like a blown piece of paper. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In an instant the entire chateau was in darkness — she had blown out the fuse. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And this was, O so long ago! How they come back to me—dimly and brokenly, but with what a magic spell—those years of youth when I was soldiering! Again I hear the far warble of blown bugles. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

I suppose you have noticed that leaves blown in the wind have a look of happiness. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Virginia Woolf What’s this youth they prate on? Nothing but a goose feather blown on a north wind. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Virginia Woolf They both laughed, too much blown about to speak. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

The great oak had been blown down later, gibbet and all, and the gibbet had never been set up again. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Henry James It practically wound up the interview; which, however, terminating thus on a considerable stir of the air, was to give Miss Cutter for several days the sense of being much blown about. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

He looked as light as a leaf, and as if he were being blown through life by any chance wind, the wind of his own vagaries. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

H. G. Wells The abdomen was blown clean off from its body, but he estimated the length of the creature from head to sting as eighteen inches — which is very nearly correct. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

George Meredith The spell upon Nesta was not blown away on English ground; and when her father and mother were comparing their impressions, she could not but keep guard over the deeper among her own. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson A beautiful morning it was, the high westerly wind still blowing strong, but the clouds all blown away to Europe. Alan was already sitting up and smiling to himself. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mark Twain You see, the theater is empty, and hundreds of the audience are a good way off in the feeding-house; the first bugle-call is blown about a quarter of an hour before time for the curtain to rise. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Virginia Woolf I like to think of the fish balanced against the stream like flags blown out; and of water-beetles slowly raiding domes of mud upon the bed of the river. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

D. H. Lawrence We really trust in the little flame, and in the unnamed god that shields it from being blown out. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Gaston Leroux Perhaps we should be blown up then and there! Ah, a sound! A crack! “Did you hear that? . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Guards had met a fresh rush of the Hadendowas, and had blown back the tribesmen with a volley, and the cavalry had ridden over another stream of them, as they welled out of the gully. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Virginia Woolf She felt as if she were standing on the edge of a precipice with her hair blown back; she was about to grasp something that just evaded her. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The windows were open, and the scent of the mignionette upon the terrace was blown in upon the warm summer breeze. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arnold Bennett Darius breathed like a blown dog that has fallen. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Opposite to them, two of the windows, with their boardings, had been blown away. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

The edges of the mountains against the sky were rugged and full of clefts, through which I saw thick clouds of dust being blown by the wind as though from the other side of the mountains. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Anthony Trollope She became a mother immediately after his liberation, and when her child was born they were in direst want; for Scatcherd was again drinking, and his resolves were blown to the wind. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot My daughter, your life is not as a grain of sand, to be blown by the winds; it is a thing of flesh and blood, that dies if it be sundered. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

T. E. Lawrence The Juheina raced to the crest where Dakhil-Allah and myself lay hidden, when they heard the train coming, to see it blown in pieces. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It was horrible to have dust and splinters blown into that snug, homely room, whereas if I had been in a ruined barn I wouldn’t have given the thing two thoughts. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She who had dominated countless parties, who had blown fragrantly through many ballrooms to the tender tribute of many eyes, seemed to care no longer. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Charles Dickens Pirates all be blown a-pieces. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Jack London For twenty days, in a temperature that had never risen above fifty below, no breath of wind had blown movement, no slightest sound had broken the silence. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Rafael Sabatini They could not hurt me more than you are doing, nor by hanging me could they deprive me of aught I value, since your faith in me is a thing to be blown upon by the first rumour of the countryside. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

H. Rider Haggard Yet must we needs breathe such an air as is blown about us, Gudruda, clasping at this happiness which is given, though we may not hold it. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

He went out into the blast, and was blown back to the hotel at an undignified trot, teetering on his toes like an elderly toper. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Virginia Woolf He was rather blown about by the wind, and his cheeks looked terribly pale, unshorn, and cavernous. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Anthony Trollope At present I feel very, very angry with Captain Marrable; as though I wish he had had his head blown off in battle. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Another bomb fell on a piece of waste ground which was used as a playground and several dozen children were blown to pieces. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Distance seven miles on chart, nine by course: Mukhbir never went so fast; blown like chaff before wind. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

George Meredith Better worship that than nothing, as it is better for flames to be blown out than not to ascend, otherwise it will wreak circular mischief instead of illumining. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

T. E. Lawrence Then sixty men sallied out from Madahrij. This disturbed us till we saw that they were to replace five telegraph poles blown down by the storm of the afternoon before. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jane Austen For my part, I think the less that is said about such things, the better, the sooner ‘tis blown over and forgot. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Look, Captain, the little red-headed hoodoo has blown herself to smithereens. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Hawkins here and I denied all knowledge of one, for on the chart it is included in the Bay of Luce. That we should eventually be blown into it and destroyed is an extraordinary coincidence. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

And now the fatal news by Fame is blown Thro’ the short circuit of th’ Arcadian town, Of Pallas slain — by Fame, which just before His triumphs on distended pinions bore. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

D. H. Lawrence The affair of the Window Fund had apparently blown over, but there remained a stuffy tension in the atmosphere. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

The house has been broken into, one of the servants murdered, the conservatory blown up with a bomb, and now it’s been discovered all Lady Rostrellor’s diamonds have been taken. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Would you mind holding my hand, so that I may not be blown away again?” She took it in both of hers and held it. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

And yet she moved with the breath of the world, but so imperceptibly that it was the coast that seemed to be nearing her like a line of low vapour blown along the water. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

If they heard about the job being blown or the police set on our track, they were to wire to one of the border townships we had to pass. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood