Phrases with "borrow"

Sir Walter Scott Make no intimacy with any one in Whitefriars — borrow no money, on any score, especially from my father, for, dotard as he seems, he will make an ass of you. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Jack London Thus the farmers were compelled to borrow more and more, while they were prevented from paying back old loans. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

I let on I wanted to borrow auld Gourlay’s keyhole saw. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Captain Cluffe had gone down in a chair to Puddock’s lodgings, to borrow a pair of magnificent knee-buckles. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Willing her death, she seemed to borrow its greatness and become one with the law that punished her. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Henry Handel Richardson Plucking at the fringe of the tablecloth, she brought out, piecemeal, the news that John was willing to go surety for the money they would need to borrow for the start. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis If we invested, we’d have to borrow some more money, and we mustn’t do that. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

But the question may rather be put — to borrow phraseology current among her critics: Had she oughter? — from a moral point of view, now. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells It was stupid, it was damnable; he had had to borrow the money from his mother. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Guy de Maupassant She only knew that she was to borrow five thousand francs of me for her husband. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Well, she was worse than any of us and had to borrow a handkerchief from her brother — of course the boys didn’t cry — because she hadn’t brought one of her own, not expecting to need it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

H. G. Wells To borrow an image from my mineralogical days, these Jews were not so much a new British gentry as “pseudomorphous” after the gentry. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Everything he could raise or borrow is on the horse — and at fine odds, too! You can get forties now, but it was nearer the hundred when he began to back him. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was the Widow Fowler’s daughter, that came to borrow a pipe of tobacco for her mother. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

That’s exactly why I won’t borrow off you. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. G. Wells And they would borrow a rod and line and fish. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Gertrude Stein I had better undertake to measure out a real wood and to borrow little pieces. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Henry James No one, I think, paid the tribute of giving him up so often, and if it’s rendering honour to borrow wisdom I’ve a right to talk of my sacrifices. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Ford Madox Ford He wanted to borrow forty quid on that beastly piece of furniture. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Theodore Dreiser She did not want to borrow of Minnie for that. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell That afternoon she took Jenny and went to her teacher’s to borrow a book, which she meant to ask one of her brothers to read to her in the evenings while she worked. Bessy’s Troubles at Home by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

William Makepeace Thackeray We want to borrow a little money. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

H. G. Wells To borrow a phrase from Russia: it is a kulak ideal. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

To borrow his own phrase, he “buried himself in the most frightful labours. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Jules Verne To borrow an expression from the language of metallurgic art, they were men “at the highest degree of hardness. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Rudyard Kipling If the supply fails there is no one up there to buy or beg or borrow from. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Theodore Dreiser There was only one way that he could get it — and that was to borrow it out of the city treasury and forego the interest. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Alfred Ainger But abundant testimony was forthcoming that (to borrow Landor’s words) he had left behind him that “worthier thing than tears,” The love of friends, without a single foe. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Then I would nip up into his bedroom, borrow his garage key, and get the whole thing over and the key replaced before even he was out of the dining-room. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Henry David Thoreau As if only the savage dwelt near enough to Nature and Truth to borrow a trope from them. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

John Galsworthy The higher up they were, the less likely, he thought with a certain naivete would they be to borrow money or get her into a mess. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

You’ll have forgotten your pump, and I will go to the garage to borrow one. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

George Gissing Sutherland has written to me lately that he thinks of bestirring himself in the projects I’ve told you about; he has got the old man’s consent to borrow money on the property. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Mark Twain We warn’t going to borrow it when there warn’t anybody around, the way pap would do, for that might set people after us. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope As long as ready money can be made to be forthcoming without any charge for interest, a young man must be very foolish who will prefer to borrow it at twenty-five per cent. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens That, in acknowlodging the receipt, Raybrock had cautioned Clissold to seek to borrow money of him no more, as he would never so risk money again. A Message from the Sea by Charles Dickens [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could, of course, borrow so trifling a sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it a matter of business and to carry out that business myself. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

I can comprehend that, my friend: for it is not becoming in a gentleman to borrow from his inferior, without returning to him principal and interest. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

And we’ll have our masquerading some time after midnight; if you can borrow a little finery. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Henry Adams From none of them could a young American afford to borrow ideas. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

One day in September, Nash walked over to the Manor and had a long talk in private with the Squire. He wanted to borrow twelve hundred pounds. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Rudyard Kipling But you shoot us Picts when we come to borrow a little iron from the Iron Ditch; you burn our heather, which is all our crop; you trouble us with your great catapults. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell I should have thought you would have done, for they are fond enough of riding into Hollingford; and I know Roger has often enough been to borrow books from your father. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Then suddenly it struck me that as the horses seemed very tame and not at all disturbed by my presence among them, with a little care I might get hold of one and borrow him for a few hours. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Gissing Over and over again he had implored them to take a rational view of the case, to borrow a few pounds of him, to make a new beginning on clean soil. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Joseph Furphy He said he would have to borrow a whip from someone, to “dost der yacket” of the impracticable animal that remained in the mob. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

But he hadn’t either the cheek and enterprise to borrow money and expand the business, or the imagination to think of new selling-lines. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

A journey undertaken for the benefit of his health to Sache, Angouleme, and Aix forced him to borrow from his mother again, instead of paying back the capital he owed her. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Thomas Hardy All that silence and absence of goings-on is the stillness of infinite motion — the sleep of the spinning-top, to borrow the simile of a well-known writer. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne If it was so, the engineer thought that it might perhaps be possible to utilize this fall and borrow its power, actually lost without profit to any one. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

To borrow from Anton Antonitch seemed to me monstrous and shameful. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I was compelled to borrow money and the interest became overwhelming. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Henry David Thoreau We borrow from the forest the boards which shelter, and the sticks which warm us. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

At cards she had to borrow first of one admirer and then of another. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H.P. Lovecraft And Olney’s children and stout wife prayed to the bland proper god of Baptists, and hoped that the traveller would borrow an umbrella and rubbers unless the rain stopped by morning. The Strange High House in the Mist by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I went to a financier whom I knew, and tried to borrow money. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

He’d run through Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, and Tom Scott rolled into one in less than six months, give him a chance, and come out and want to borrow money of you. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

There were in 1640 no public libraries in London, and a scholar had to find his own store of books or to borrow from his friends. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

George Gissing That reminds me, Gammon, I fear I shall have to borrow a sovereign, if it’s quite convenient to you. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Sinclair Lewis To consider how many persons wanted him to make speeches, without fee, how many rival dealers in oratory wanted to borrow from his stock of ideas about Abraham Lincoln, would be merely painful. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Ford Madox Ford Elle ne demandait pas mieux— but she could not borrow twenty pounds from Marie Léonie. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Ford Madox Ford But, since Ruggles never had asked to borrow anything at all, Mark considered him an entirely honourable man. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

I suppose you can hang on till then?’ I was outside in the street before it even occurred to me to borrow some more money. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

You’re right; the world has hammered me to the ropes, and it will be down and out for me unless —” “Unless you can borrow on your own terms?” “Yes, but I can’t. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

I’ve met some of these moneyed people lately, and they lavish on every conceivable luxury, and then borrow books, and get them in the cheap paper editions. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson He had no more ready money to go anywhere else; he would have to borrow from Archie the next club-night; and ill as he thought of his host’s manners, he was sure of his practical generosity. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins But he could not borrow money on the property as a matter of course. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He forged a cheque with someone’s signature when he was working for a money lender, and his uncle had to borrow the money from Mr. Aaronson to pay for the defence. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Anthony Trollope He had no declared means, but he had never been known to borrow a shilling, or to leave a bill unpaid. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Will you believe that she never said a prayer in her life till tonight? I’ll send her to the manse tomorrow and borrow the Peep of the Day series, that’s what I’ll do. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Arnold Bennett With the assistance of friends I have arranged to borrow that million for you. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Anthony Trollope I cannot, and I will not I cannot in justice either to myself or to you, borrow this money for you; nor, if I could, should I think it right to do so. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding He concluded that he should never have an easy moment till Fanny was absolutely his, and begged that he might be suffered to fetch a licence, saying he could easily borrow the money. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

John Ruskin The Americans borrow money to spend in blowing up their own houses. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

But I knew that the little Duchess would take Oliphant’s ears from his head if she guessed that he had dared to borrow from me, and that, if I lent, her back would for ever be turned against me. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Quoth he, “Good Brother What-e’er- thy-name-may-be, as thou hast borrowed my bed so freely I’ll e’en borrow thy clothes in return. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Anthony Trollope Under this affliction they were constantly driven to borrow money, and found the capitalists who supplied it among the class by whom they were persecuted and pillaged. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Yet I will find Solomon Darking, though I should have to borrow the wings of a bird. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

You will forgive me if I borrow your couch after the meal and spend the evening on my back. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Let us borrow for a moment the wings of Historic Imagination, and, hovering lightly over the Oxford of the thirties, take a rapid bird’s-eye view. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Oscar Wilde Much bad art comes from one art trying to borrow from another. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

William Makepeace Thackeray My reply was, that I was coming to Jack, only in the morning, to borrow a similar sum. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

He wished to borrow five thousand pounds to enable him to meet his engagements. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Anthony Trollope You would not have me borrow money from a stranger, and leave him nothing?” “No; I would not have you do that. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Then the bills became due for the cotton he had purchased; and money being scarce, he could only borrow at exorbitant interest, and yet he could not realise any of his property. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

H.P. Lovecraft Many of the great tomes on the shelves fascinated him unutterably, and he felt tempted to borrow them at some later time. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

The officer with the chipped nose went over to borrow the watch of General Feraud. They bent their heads over them for a time. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Sinclair Lewis And I did kinda borrow a little. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

William Black Of course he lost all his winnings, and more; and had to borrow a trifling sum to get himself out of the place. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

James Joyce In the years when he was living richly in royal London to pay a debt she had to borrow forty shillings from her father’s shepherd. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

In a minute he would have to own up that he had only eightpence left; he would have to borrow money off her to get them home; it would be squalid and shameful. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Victor Hugo The French, indeed, borrow their word canapé from can-alpié. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Baldwin Spencer The Alatunja or headman of the group which is anxious to borrow the Churinga sends a properly accredited messenger to the Alatunja of the group from which it is desired to borrow them. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

I cannot forget how the Jews laughed at me two years ago, when I tried to borrow money upon my reversionary interest. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Charles Dickens By that time, he felt he was ‘in furniture stepped in so far,’ as that it could be no worse to borrow it all. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

As soon as I saw the dead man I sent an orderly to a friend’s house nearby to borrow an elephant rifle. Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

Henry James You needn’t be afraid — she won’t borrow of you. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Rudyard Kipling Our good King signed because he could not borrow more money from us bad Jews.’ He curved his shoulders as he spoke. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Wilkie Collins When he has done we’ll borrow a lantern, and go into the stable, and kiss him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Whose bicycle is that by the gate? Can I borrow it for half an hour?” The constable grinned. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Sinclair Lewis Malcolm was taller and thicker than Julian, and he drove his own streamline De Soto, while Julian could only borrow his grandfather’s shocking old flivver. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy Euphemia Forsyte, who happened to be in the room — she had come round to borrow the Rev. Mr. Scoles’ last novel, ‘Passion and Paregoric’, which was having such a voguechimed in. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Guy de Maupassan But the following day, when an unfortunate friend comes to borrow some money, there is a strange revulsion of feeling. The Cripple by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Do you think that Sir Lionel is—is poor—that he should want to borrow money?” “Well; poor! I hardly know what you call poor. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H. G. Wells I was allowed to borrow volumes and carry them off to my room. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Talking of gold, Dene, I’ve done my best to get up the twenty pounds you wanted to borrow of me, and I can’t do it. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Edith Wharton But what’s the point of mixing up ideas and principles? I’ve seen fellows who did that, and they were generally trying to borrow five dollars to get away from the sheriff. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Theodore Dreiser He went to Hand originally to borrow two hundred and fifty thousand dollars on West Chicago Street Railway. Angry? The word is no name for it. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Could I be buried at Mount Olga, I should certainly borrow Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph, Circumspice si monumentum requiris. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Theodore Dreiser He tells me he must have more money or he will fail and he wants to borrow three hundred thousand dollars more. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

We carry food with us, so need not borrow yours. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson He would often go the whole way home with me: often to borrow a book, and that book always a poet. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray This is goose and sage too, to borrow the pun of “learned Doctor Gill;” but we shrewdly suspect that Mr. Cruikshank is becoming a little conservative in his notions. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

E. Phillips Oppenheim To borrow an identity—supposing she has done so—is not a punishable offence. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Rudolph: Well, what of that? Since then I’ve tried To borrow from him; now I know he lied When he told me he could not spare the sum I asked. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

You have not courage to confront the sleepless dragon! you have not craft to borrow the aid of Atlas!’ ‘You look hot and haughty. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Arnold Bennett The national debt of Posen is fifty millions, and I, the Prince of Posen, couldn’t borrow one. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Charles Dickens I’ll borrow ‘t for t’ pay ‘t back. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Anthony Trollope He was never known to borrow a sovereign. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope But why not borrow from one who is no stranger?” “I do not want to borrow at all,” said Nina, in her lowest tone. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Catherine Helen Spence Most of us are poorer than the average citizen, because we are tempted to borrow from the hours which are given to self-supporting work for this labor we delight in. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Rudyard Kipling They won’t borrow any for railroads. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Carbuncle was quite the natural person to borrow your money, and it seems that she has complied with nature. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins One of the advantages of being so much in society as I am is that I have nice acquaintances everywhere, always ready to oblige me, provided I don’t borrow money of them. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell You’ll have to borrow Osborne’s scents to sweeten yourself,’ said the squire, grimly, at the same time pushing a short smart amber-mouthed pipe to his son. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

William Makepeace Thackeray Dandy as he is, he is quite affable, and would borrow ten guineas from any man in the room, in the most jovial way possible. Mrs. Perkins’s Ball by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Francis Bacon Among Prerogative Instances I will put in the seventh place Singular Instances, which I also call Irregular or Heteroclite, to borrow a term from grammarians. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

John Galsworthy Oh! and look here — have you any money? — I had to borrow a fiver from old Snobby.” Winifred, looking at him with fond shrewdness, answered: “My dear, you are naughty about money. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope There are people, you see, one does not wish to borrow money from. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Well, he won’t borrow any more money of ME; and if he thinks I don’t know as much about that milling property as he does he’s mistaken. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

E. Phillips Oppenheim Went in to borrow something and there he was lying stiff. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Borrow I never yet knew any one else who scrupled to borrow and receive obligations. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope The truth was, Frank wanted to borrow money from him. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Teddem was in wonderful form; he mimicked every one they saw so amiably that Tom Poppins knew the actor wanted to borrow money. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Then directly his keel had touched the sand, according to his invariable custom, he would proceed with all haste to his hut to get very drunk, and they would then, unknown to him, borrow his boat. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Wilkie Collins The servant was sent at once to the nearest stationer’s to borrow a Directory. She returned with the book just as we sat down to dinner. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Elizabeth Gaskell He read law-books with relish; and, once happening to borrow De Lolme on the British Constitution (or some such title), he talked about jurisprudence till he was far beyond my depth. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Sinclair Lewis Mr. Wrenn’s answer was in itself a proof of the soundness of Rabin’s observation: “Sure — I’m going to borrow some money from you fellows. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim Looked pretty fishy, too, that he should have tried to borrow from me at all. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Anthony Trollope You’ll be able to borrow what money you absolutely want down there, if the Dublin fellows actually refuse; but do with as little as you can. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

If he could only borrow it from someone — but then he could offer no security. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

I’ll have to borrow a bit of something from the other rooms. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

H. G. Wells And passing that there was a muddy lane of cinders, a lane without a light, that used its many puddles to borrow a star or so from the sky. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Then he wanted to borrow my razor and shave his beard, but I managed to prevent him in time, for I had been thinking the thing out, and I saw that that would never do. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Charles Kingsley The weapons of reason and righteousness having failed, Tom felt at liberty to borrow the devil’s tools. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Arnold Bennett Of course, if you’d sooner borrow from Osmond Orgreave than from me —” “I don’t want to borrow from any one,” she protested. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

We’ll borrow the consul’s flag; old man Billfinger shall make orations, and we’ll have a barbecue on the plaza. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anthony, riding in a taxi to his broker’s to borrow money on a bond, found that he had only two dollars in his pocket. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

When questioned whether the accused owed him money, Parslet said not a shilling; Mr. Dene had never sought to borrow of him, and had paid his monthly accounts regularly. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Lucy Maud Montgomery When had he heard Marilla laugh like that before? “Well, Anne Shirley,” said Marilla as soon as she could speak, “if you must borrow trouble, for pity’s sake borrow it handier home. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

To-morrow I’d like to borrow a man who knows the east-end well. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

H. G. Wells The topic of Human Nature in Politics (to borrow a title from Graham Wallas) is a vast one, and here was a hard specimen for my frustration and education. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Elizabeth Gaskell He came in not five minutes ago, with some long story or other about a fall he’d had, swearing awfully; and wanted to borrow some money from me to go to London by the next up-train. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Andrew Lang By-and-bye the fame of his riches reached the ears of the king, and, as he himself was always in need of money, he sent for Don Giovanni, as he wished to borrow a large sum. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It would be very bad form for a woman in my position to borrow from Varney—who is—well, a man of the world. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Yet I did not wish to borrow trouble. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

George Gissing She had come to borrow a few shillings> in order that she might take Emma in a cab to the hospital; perhaps they would receive her as an inpatient. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Blair had occasion to borrow a little money, and his name appeared in it. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

Boris was still sleeping, on some mysterious terms, at the house of the cobbler, and he had managed to borrow another twenty francs from a Russian friend. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope I should dine at the club, even though I had to borrow the money. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

He decided to borrow the two francs of Lorilleux, who after refusing them, lent them on the sly, for his wife would never have consented to his doing so. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The Government was forced to borrow large sums from the Bank of England in order to give subsidies to our allies, and was unable to pay its debts. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Gissing It’s my belief he’s borrowed it himself; a nice thing to borrow for one’s own needs, and then throw it away on such a good-for-nothing as that. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Meredith Algernon had stopped his mouth on that point, as well as concerning his acquaintance with Dahlia, by immediately attempting to borrow further, whenever Anthony led the way for a word in private. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Wilkie Collins Are you aware of the delays that are likely to take place before it will be possible to borrow money on your policy of insurance?” “I know nothing about it,” she said, sadly. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

John Hill Burton We talk of motion being in a thing, or of a thing being in motion; and in using the preposition in, we borrow a word which was invented to be used upon physical matter. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Willa Cather She had, of course, to borrow her equipment from Mrs. Foley, and toiled up the long flights, dragging mop and pail and broom. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Elizabeth Gaskell I’ve had to borrow old Simpson’s dogcart — there would have been room both for you and Cynthia; but as it is, you must walk back alone. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

She was, to borrow the words Barbara had used to her brother with regard to him, true as steel. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

He knows that I am beginning to earn money regularly, and has begun to borrow of me already. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Charles Kingsley What rules we may require, we must neither borrow nor invent, but discover, during the course of our reading. On English Composition by Charles Kingsley

Jonathan Swif I wrote to Dr. Coghill, to take care of passing my patent; and to Parvisol, to attend him with money, if he has any, or to borrow some where he can. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope If he could not give it me, I would not scruple to borrow so much elsewhere. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson She explained this masterpiece to Georgie. “Say we borrow ten thousand pounds at three and a half,” she said, “the interest on that will be three hundred and fifty pounds a year. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

F. Scott Fitzgerald We probably try to borrow Tyrone Power but we use one of your players as a double. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

To moche folk we bring but illusioún, And borrow gold, be it a pound or tuo, Or ten or twelve, or many sommes mo, And make them thinken at the leaste weye, That of a single pound we can make tweye. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Guy de Maupassan He then came down, and went to borrow a ladder from the door-keeper, after having explained that he had obtained the favors of the old woman by painting the portrait of her cat exhibited on the easel. A Queer Night in Paris (Une Soirée) by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang Indeed, a poet who used the many terms in the Odyssey which do not occur in the Iliad was not constrained to borrow from any predecessor. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Mrs. Dale. Ten more applications for autographs? Isn’t it strange that people who’d blush to borrow twenty dollars don’t scruple to beg for an autograph? Hilda (reproachfully). Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Thomas Hardy The business that I have really called about is this, to borrow the longest and strongest rope you have. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Jeffrey referred Hume to Horner, and a meeting was fixed for the next morning at Chalk Farm. But neither combatant possessed pistols, and it was left for Moore to borrow them from a friend. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Anthony Trollope He came down to my little box, where I, and my missus, and my girl lives quiet and decent, to borrow money;—and he borrowed it. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

I shall make my way over to Jonathan’s, borrow a horse from him, and make tracks for the Hollow as soon as I can. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Oscar Wilde It may not hear her now, but surely some day, when we are all bored to death with the commonplace character of modern fiction, it will hearken to her and try to borrow her wings. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

He came to borrow any ready-money I might happen to have in the house. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry James We content ourselves with remarking that it is fine or that it rains, and the enjoyment of our likes and dislikes is by no means apt to borrow its edge from the keenness of our analysis. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She’d like to borrow a pair from you because you’re staying near here and we’re way out at the Lawn Club.’ ‘Of course. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Sometimes in winter they managed to borrow a couple of ferrets and go ratting, when the farmers would let them. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

He came from her to — to — ” “To what!” “To — borrow a little money. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing I —” she hid her face against him—“I have lived beyond my income, and have had to borrow money—a large sum of money. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Ford Madox Ford In the name of heaven why did not he borrow another forty — or eighty — or a hundred, rather than be distracted and distract Mark and his unhappy girl? . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

In his code there was one shameless piece of utter and unmentionable degradation — it was to borrow of a friend. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

James Joyce Night he ran round to us to borrow a dress suit for that concert. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He needed the stimulus for he had to make a touch presently and he knew that money was easier to borrow when one didn’t have an air of urgent need. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Robert Louis Stevenson We begin to return to nature’s order, to what I might call, if I were to borrow from the language of therapeutics, the expectant treatment of abuses. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jonathan Swif I have lent money, and cannot get it, and am forced to borrow for myself. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

If none such existed, it would at least establish this fact, the knowledge of which, to borrow his own language, was scarcely less important. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Ivan Turgenev I afterwards learned that he had come to me to borrow money (his landlord had threatened to turn him out of the house); he had no choice but to hook it, as the students say. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Qui vivra verra— to borrow a French phrase from young Master Arthur over the way. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]