Phrases with "borrow"

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]

Mark Twain But they sailed into digging anyway by the flicker of the lightning, and sent a man to the nearest house, a half a mile off, to borrow one. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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

Oliver Goldsmith Moses was therefore dispatched to borrow a couple of chairs; and as we were in want of ladies to make up a set at country dances, the two gentlemen went with him in quest of a couple of partners. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

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]

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

While they were clearing the tables and putting them away, Pseldonimov was rushing all over the place to borrow money, he even tried to get it from the servants, but it appeared that nobody had any. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

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]

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]

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

At present, he had no ready money at all; and had to borrow from his mother, a cousin, and other friends, in order to get his travelling expenses. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Charles Kingsley Is the yacht victualled — with fresh meat and green stuff, I mean?” “Whew — w —” “I will go back, borrow a lantern, and forage in the garden, like an old campaigner. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

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

It is hateful to have to borrow money off someone you have just been quarrelling with. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

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

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

When he had beggared himself thus, he began to borrow of the Jews—always for Lady Valeria—and finally found himself in such a mess, financially, that he had to leave the army. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

What a pity we can’t borrow a horse from somebody and have Boadicea in her chariot! We might make five pounds if we had a really good chariot, with scythes on the wheels. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

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

Anthony Trollope Looking at it any way it is dishonest, Either the inheritance must belong to Mountjoy still, or it could not have been his when he was allowed to borrow money upon it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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]

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

To catch the boat this could only be done by rail, and to further increase my store of knowledge I had again to borrow from the proprietor of the restaurant. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

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]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray I forgot all about the transaction, and had to borrow half a crown from John Coachman to pay for our entrance into the palace of delight. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

And all, mind you, with the eye, before two men could have decided whether to draw steel or borrow a match. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Alone they have little vitality, but they love to settle upon some stronger intellect, from which they may borrow their emotions and conclusions at second-hand. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

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]

The rest of the money — a considerable sum for me, I decided to borrow from Anton Antonitch Syetotchkin, my immediate superior, an unassuming person, though grave and judicious. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

John Galsworthy Isn’t it pleasant to know that whatever you do you can none of you be destitute?” “But can’t I borrow the money?” Jolyon shook his head. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins Gootheridge volunteered to borrow a horse, and to ride off for the doctor. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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]

Ivan Turgenev Is that enough?” “I’ll borrow that from you,” whispered Raissa, taking the fifteen kopecks from him. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Rudyard Kipling They quarrelled, and they wept at the evening meal, and late in the night came one Langton — a priest, almost learned — to borrow more money for the Barons. Elias and Adah went to their chamber. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Augustine Birrell Sent to borrow it of the city. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Many came rushing to borrow the Stone for the sick who could not come. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle To carry out this scheme he had, as we have seen, been obliged to borrow money, which had now to be repaid. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Wilkie Collins Was there any disposable inclosed space to be found amidships? On one side there were the sleeping berths of the sailing-master and his mate (impossible to borrow them). Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

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]

Then some one suggested that Master Ashley’s donkey-cart would be better than nothing, and the father departed to borrow it. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

John Morley He did not always accept Bolingbroke's optimism, but even as late in the century as 1767 Voltaire thought it worth while to borrow his name for a volume of compendious attack on the popular religion. Voltaire by John Morley

Robert Louis Stevenson Down he sat that day, painfully learned to read Welsh, and returned to borrow the book. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

There was nothing for it but to go back to his family, borrow some money, and find another job. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

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

Ellery Channing came with a man named Buttrick to borrow Hawthorne’s boat for the search, and Hawthorne went with them. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

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]

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]

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]

At Remiremont I borrow ten pieces of my uncle, and on we go; ’tis fixed. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Ford Madox Ford He had, ostensibly, come in to borrow a safety-pin of her. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Then Joan ran weeping to Margaret to borrow some linen to make his shroud. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

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

Charles Dickens He had not had the table long, when he determined to borrow an easy-chair; he had not had that long, when he made up his mind to borrow a bookcase; then, a couch; then, a carpet and rug. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

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]

He wanted to borrow ten pounds from me a short time ago,” added the major, taking another sip at his tumbler; “but I told him I had no money to lend—which was a fact. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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

D. H. Lawrence Then he had to borrow soap, and afterwards a piece of comb. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He had just squandered all the money he had been able to beg or borrow in buying six tickets, which entitled the holder to that many days’ employment in pitching hay into a barn. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu You must know, dear Alice, that I happened to want a little money; and when one does, the usual course is to borrow it. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They owed her a sort of moral ten dollars apiece, and should she ever be in need she might, so to speak, borrow from them this visionary currency. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

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

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

No man can he eloquent whose thoughts are abrupt, insulated, capricious, and (to borrow an impressive word from Coleridge) non-sequacious. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

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

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

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]

H. G. Wells Let us borrow a phrase from an unexpected quarter. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe It is this latter, in especial, which imparts to a work of art so much of that richness (to borrow from colloquy a forcible term), which we are too fond of confounding with the ideal. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe [1846]

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

Oscar Wilde Of course, I didn’t mind that at all, and even when he wanted to borrow money I forgave him, but I could not stand his making love to me. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

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

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]

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

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

Guy de Maupassant Certainly this is the way in which my poor cousin was possessed and swayed, when she came to borrow five thousand francs of me. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

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

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]

He displayed a tin bait box and a red and green float, and said he had come to inquire of Rex “vere to dig a leetle vorms,” and also to borrow of him “dot feeshpole mitn seelbern ringes. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

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

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]

They borrow the plumes of male birds, with which nature has decked this sex, in order to charm the females. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

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

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]

But my coach, being the librarian of the college, let me borrow books, without much troubling about what I chose, from the library, where during playtime he gave me my tuition. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

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]

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]

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

Lewis Carroll Addlepate makes them borrow “zero” and steal “zero”, and uses both cyphers by putting them at the righthand end of the £1000, thus producing £100,000, which is well over the mark. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

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

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

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

Sure, they’ll have to borrow more dishes to keep it up with. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

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

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

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]

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]

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

Henry James The Count had plainly no sense for morals, and poor Longmore, who had the finest, would have been glad to borrow his recipe for appearing then so to range the whole scale of the senses. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

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]

That’s the reason we never write each other, except to borrow things. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

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]

It was not very convenient, because I had to borrow one of our fellows’ traps, as I had sold my own, and none of them had the confidence in my driving which I had myself. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

I should have to borrow from some one. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

John Locke These verbal signs they sometimes borrow from others, and sometimes make themselves, as one may observe among the new and unusual names children often give to things in the first use of language. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Thirty had come from Madame Lerat and Gervaise had run, with her hair all loose, to borrow sixty francs from Goujet. Several of the neighbors called in the afternoon, mainly out of curiosity. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

If you can borrow some gent’s hat in the audience, and make a lot of customers for an idle stock of shoes come out of it, you’d better spiel. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

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]

I made so bold as to borrow the cognomen of an old-established firm of solicitors in the Fields, and took a somewhat high tone throughout the interview. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Then if he heard snores, or saw indications that the contents of the stone jar were getting low, he would unobtrusively borrow a rake or a hoe and carry on. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

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

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

James Joyce Psk! I’ll borrow a path to lend me wings, quickquack, and from Jehusalem’s wall, clickclack, me courser’s clear, to Cheerup street I’ll travel the void world over. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

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

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Last week he wanted to borrow a tenner from me. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

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]

Anthony Trollope Should I not attempt to borrow a pair? This, all the world will say, should have been my first idea. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

The English have reaped very great benefit from the writers of our nation, and therefore we ought (since they have not scrupled to be in our debt) to borrow from them. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Wilkie Collins Of course the Count had come to borrow money of me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn But Lord Moira did not come in, and though considerable sums were earned by the Poems, Moore was obliged to borrow from his mother’s brother. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

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

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]

Ah, I thought that would get you! I’ll supply the cigars and the ring you’ll borrow from old Rubinstein. The old rascal will lend you anything to keep in your good books. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Thomas Hardy He had declined to borrow his father’s old mare, well knowing of its necessity to the household. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

I must tell my brother; I’d rather go out for a charwoman and starve myself to a skeleton, than try to borrow more money. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

F. Scott Fitzgerald One could continue indefinitely but the inauspicious occasions can be catalogued as one — it is exceedingly difficult to borrow money when one needs it. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Charles Kingsley Say the word, and I’ll borrow a flute, and play you the Rogue’s March all the while with my right hand, swimming with my left. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

H. G. Wells To borrow a word from the old-fashioned chemists, men were made nascent; they were released from old ties; for good or evil they were ready for new associations. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Louisa May Alcott Now she remembered the little umbrella, which she had forgotten to take in her hurry to be off, but regret was unavailing, and nothing could be done but borrow one or submit to a drenching. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Arthur Morrison Why, I’d get through that with my grandmother’s scissors! ” “All right; borrow ’em and get through. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

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]

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

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

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

Francis Bacon Both kinds I call solitary instances, or ferine, to borrow a term from astronomers. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Why is it that one can’t borrow from a rich friend and can from a half-starved relative? But one’s family, of course, ‘don’t count’. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Mark Twain He went up-town with the man I was telling you of, to get a boat and see if they could borrow another gun. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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

William Hazlitt He was only in danger ‘of losing distinction in his thoughts’ (to borrow his own expression) As doth a battle when they charge on heaps The enemy flying. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

To-morrow, I’ll show you something else — if,” he added, speaking still more softly, “if you can borrow the cards. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Tobias Smolle He then shared his money with me, which amounted to eighteen-pence, and left me with an intention to borrow an old wig and hat of his friend the schoolmaster. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

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]

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

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]

Anthony Trollope She believed that she might be able to borrow money on her treasure, leaving it as a deposit; and this, if possible, she would do. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

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

Anthony Trollope Do you generally borrow money from such ladies as Mrs. Morton?” Cousin George blushed when this question was asked, but made no answer to it. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Elio Mr. Hackit is a shrewd substantial man, whose advice about crops is always worth listening to, and who is too well off to want to borrow money. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Gradually “the whole horror of her situation,” to borrow from her own vocabulary, forced itself upon her mind like damp through a gay wall-paper. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Andrew Lang Now when Little Klaus again reached home with so much money he sent his boy to Big Klaus to borrow his bushel measure. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes was so charmed with one of them that he insisted on drawing it in his notebook, broke his pencil, had to borrow one from our host, and finally borrowed a knife to sharpen his own. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Sir Walter Scott To borrow lines from a contemporary poet, who has written but too little: “The knights are dust, And their good swords are rust, Their souls are with the saints, we trust. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

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

Wilkie Collins There are other volumes in his library which I have the greatest interest in consulting — and it is impossible for me to borrow them now. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

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

Henry James She has got so many of her own that I shouldn’t think she would require to borrow any. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

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

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

Sinclair Lewis Everybody took advantage of it and tried to borrow money . The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Willa Cather Anybody here feels free to borrow the mower and break it, or turn their hogs in on me. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For two days Harvey Garrard was trying his utmost to borrow money anywhere—came to me, in fact, but I didn’t think the security good enough. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

D. H. Lawrence He very much wanted to borrow a pair of pincers and a chopper for an hour, to pull out a few nails, and to split his little chunks of kindling that the dealer had sent too thick. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

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]