Phrases with "checked"

Rudyard Kipling The police-sergeant checked it, but advised the Society to keep on going. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

I am ——’ He checked himself abruptly, and looked round the room with a scared expression. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins Rufus checked him with grave composure. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Ann Radcliffe He checked his rising emotion, but as he turned from her, I perceived the tear that wetted his cheek. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

It was horror at such wickedness that first checked him, and brought him back to the combat. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sudden as the dread arrest of Lot’s wife was the mandate which had checked his progress. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing Maud mistook this for coldness; it checked and saddened her. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Radclyffe Hall This frank, jaunty, slacking on the part of his daughter should be checked later on he decided. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing Lacour took a step or two towards her, and only with difficulty checked himself. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

And then he checked Absalom’s movement to obey, for something clicked the gate latch and was coming down the walk toward the house. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Abraham Merri Its colossal scarp struck the eyes like a blow; its shadow, falling upon us, checked the heart. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Jack London In mid air, just as his jaws were about to close on the man, he received a shock that checked his body and brought his teeth together with an agonizing clip. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

George Gissing Wilfrid checked her faint words with his lips. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Rudyard Kipling Then he checked himself: ‘I don’t know what I shall be. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

And in the meantime, Manning was redoubling his energies at Bayswater. Though his Oblates had been checked over St. Edmund’s, there was still no lack of work for them to do. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

And good heavens! — what psychic knowledge that child possesses! She did a thing to-day — merely to amuse me —” He checked himself and looked at Recklow out of sombre eyes. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Once Laputa checked me with his hand as I was going to speak, and in silence we crossed the kloof of a little stream. Prester John by John Buchan

E. Phillips Oppenheim And Lady Fiske, who had risen as though to leave the room, checked him as he sprang up to open the door. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

E. F. Benson He began to talk about his experiences when tarring telegraph-posts some while ago, but, to her intense relief, was promptly checked and told he must confine himself to what occurred at 11 a. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Rudyard Kipling Each delighting in the other, and he checked and groaned again. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

If, however, it float by chance toward the poles, it will be checked a little by the poles of the earth, and will at length by the influence of the earth be indued with verticity. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Rafael Sabatini But when he came to express assumptions concerned with Mr Magdalen’s only descendant, the moneylender checked him suddenly. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

He knew he had no direct power on this alien spiritual thing until he could get into contact with it; and that, since he had been checked in the previous clash, he could only do now by a plausibility. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing She moved hurriedly away in the direction of their lodgings, and for a few paces he followed; then he checked himself, turned round about, took an opposite way. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle The force of the rush of water was checked by this obstacle, but it still squirted plentifully from every side of it. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Meredith Lord Romfrey shouted ‘Ha!’ like a checked peal of laughter, and glanced at his wife. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

A stone, on which a foot rested, slipped and though I checked myself at once, the confounded thing rolled down into the hollow, making a great clatter. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Thomas Hardy The accidental overflow was instantly checked by Mrs. Loveday; but what had come was received by the devoted trumpet-major on the back of his hands. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle I checked them and considered them and maybe added a few of my own. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Washington Irving The scurrilous satire of Kenrick, however unmerited, may have checked Goldsmith’s taste for masquerades. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

She checked herself instantly, and drew back. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Gustave Flauber After leaving the gardens Matho and Spendius found themselves checked by the rampart of Megara. But they discovered a breach in the great wall and passed through. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

H. G. Wells He was very much my own height and build, fair with a blotched complexion and wearing a checked grey suit and an experienced-looking grey felt hat. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Rudyard Kipling But the Venus Annodomini checked him sternly none the less. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

But he checked himself in the doorway, and without looking back, “By the bye,” he said, “there should be an empty wooden case put away in the lazarette. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Sir Richard Arden checked his step and held his breath as he came in sight of these stern lineaments. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Before man inhabited India or Africa, some cause must have checked the continued increase of the existing elephant. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Henry James Ransom was on the point of replying that it would be a better way than any other, but he checked himself in time; he had never yet, even in joke, made so crude, so rude a speech to a lady. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing I checked my step, hoping, and in a minute or two the musician began to play that nocturne of Chopin which I love best—I don’t know how to name it. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Wilkie Collins But, dear me, how happy sometimes a fool can be! My enjoyment of that delightful time was checked when I went into the drawing-room. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Jules Verne The strand, fretted away in many places, had sunk to an enormous extent, and the waves washed along a level beach when the perpendicular shores had once checked their advance. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

He checked in midpace, his foot heavily thudding down, and he almost falling. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

E. F. Benson Taken unawares, she could still manifest keen interest in seeing Benjy hit a golf ball into a bunker, but she checked herself in an annoying manner and became lofty again. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

H. Rider Haggard They obeyed, and walking to the front I addressed the elderly man who had checked the youth. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

He did not feel it in the least, but it checked his rush, and his feet slipping on the gravel he fell backwards with great violence. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Henry James She denounced you — ” She checked him with a gesture. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Virginia Woolf She came in like a swan swimming its way; then was checked and stopped; was surprised to find people there; and lights burning. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Rudyard Kipling Then he checked himself, and went off to food-grains in little bottles as being neutral and colourless things. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

She was a clean, tidy woman of middle age, never seen out of a muslin cap with a wide border and a black bow, a handkerchief crossed over her shoulders, and a checked apron. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Willa Cather Ralph checked off on his fingers the list of things he had promised Claude to attend to. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Charles Dickens As this rider passed, he checked his steed, and called him of the Maypole by his name. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In that ebb-tide of my energies, had I thought of venturing abroad, these tokens would have checked the abortive purpose. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Benjamin Disraeli What had she done? Venetia was about to follow Lady Annabel, but she checked herself. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

He spoke of Francis’ youth, of how he had been always different from the others, capable of the greatest things, but that some instability had always checked him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry James THE Doctor remained at the door while the maid put down her lamp, and he checked her as she pro ceeded to the blinds and the other duties of the moment. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Abraham Merri The tide of conscious, dark power in my mind, checked for that instant, resumed its upward flow. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

H.P. Lovecraft Armitage, half-ready to tell him he might make a copy of what parts he needed, thought suddenly of the possible consequences and checked himself. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Charles Dickens But I checked him in that Falstaffian vein, urging considerations of time and cookery. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Meredith But the anticipated contest with Diana checked and numbed the craving. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Bram Stoker I suppose he saw something in my face which checked him, for he suddenly stopped, and said with a sort of manly fervour that I could have loved him for if I had been free . Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

I might happen not to be in my right state of ——” He checked himself suddenly. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Gissing Far more easily Lydia could have suspected Mrs. Ormonde of some duplicity, yet here she was checked by instincts of gratitude, and by a sense of shame. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. F. Benson It seemed to him that so far from aiding its movement, he almost, to be on the safe side, checked it. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Benjamin Disraeli She had advanced to encourage Lady Annabel, but her own fear checked the words on her lips. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Arthur Conan Doyle I checked and corroborated all the facts which were mentioned at the inquest. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Wilkie Collins Because — ” She checked herself. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

E. T. A. Hoffmann A sharp fainting-fit”—— The old gentleman checked himself; doubtless he observed the struggle that was going on within me. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Willa Cather The tailor saw at once that his stammering client didn’t know what he wanted, so he persuaded him that as the season was spring he needed light checked trousers and a blue serge coat and vest. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

He checked himself, sighed, and grew pensive. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Guy de Maupassan Now, one evening when I was leaving her, I said to her, ‘My little Marguerite’”— then he checked himself, amid the smiles of his fellows, adding “Ha! I let something slip. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Edith Wharton She did not know the room to which this window belonged, and she paused under the trees, checked by a sense of strangeness. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Anthony Trollope The room is strewed about with crockery, and Bell is such a figure! She has got on your old checked apron, and when he came in she was rolling up the fire-irons in brown paper. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood In his case the analyst and thinker checked the unstable dreamer with acute exactitude. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Here I checked myself, for I heard voices in busy conversation in the next room. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling We landed him in a little bay, and the spring-weight checked at eleven and a half pounds. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Rafael Sabatini But his father checked him, perceiving what must be the inevitable result. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

It seemed to me that when this man wiped the sweat from his face with his checked handkerchief, the rain fell less, and in proportion as he began to sweat again, it began to rain harder. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Henry James On the point of conceding that Chad had improved in appearance, but that to the question of appearance the remark must be confined, he checked even that compromise and left his reservation bare. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The last glimpse I caught of him was a furious rush on his part, checked by the embrace of his host; and both fell locked together on the hearth. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

George Gissing Whilst still a few yards off, he checked himself. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Gissing Their eyes met, and the hand that would have checked her was drawn back. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

A great pity instantly came to me, and all the triumph of my advance was checked by the questioning look of fear upon her face. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Chupin wished to irritate Mme. Blanche still more by other malicious remarks, but she checked him by a gesture. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

First, the sail-boat checked and slewed; ‘aground,’ I concluded. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Meredith And, Carlo,’—Laura checked her nervous voice, ‘don’t think I am declaiming to you from one of my “Midnight Lamps.”’ (She spoke of the title of her pamphlets to the Italian people. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Meredith He checked the particular appropriating action suggested by Robert. “I owe you an explanation,” he said. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Gissing Piers Otway, with a new reluctance, was rising to return to his studies, when Miss Derwent checked him with a look. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James In fact as it was I think I could have done this in time had I not been checked by a curiosity stronger still than my impulse. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

M. P. Shiel Until a baron stood up with ashen under-lip, to say that such a scheme, it seemed to him, must remain for ever abortive, unless enforced by Act of Parliament— But Hogarth checked him quick. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Wilkie Collins He was peremptorily checked before he could cross the threshold. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

George Meredith Laura checked her replies—the surrendering, of a noble Italian life to the Austrians was such a trifle! She begged only that a poor wanderer might depart with a father’s blessing. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Thomas Hardy But he checked his impulse to kiss her, remembering her start of yesterday, which unpleasantly lingered in his mind. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Henry James He has never heard of a woman being —” But here Mrs. Headway checked herself, while Littlemore filled out the blank. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

He dressed by preference in checked overcoats and curly brimmed bowler hats that were at once dashingly smart and four decades out of date. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

John Stuart Mill And it is perfectly obvious that the abuse of the power cannot be very much checked while the power remains. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Wilkie Collins Over, and over again, he checked himself very strangely when he was on the point of speaking to me about my brother. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Rafael Sabatini In flowed a stream of servants, and after them, walking briskly, stained with dust, came Mr Robertson of Appleby. At sight of him, Hawkesby checked the words that were on his lips. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Jules Verne The Talabas checked their horses, and soon a volley of musketry pealed out on the air. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The horses would have to be checked a little at the sharp turn before him. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The door was open, and proceeding inside, Daunt very quickly checked the information that the professor had given him concerning the Roding family vault. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Henry Handel Richardson But as she was not used to crying, she missed the moment at which she might have checked herself, and went on shedding tears after they had become a luxury. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Mark Twain Presently Tom checked his whistle. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Jane Austen But it shall be regulated, it shall be checked by religion, by reason, by constant employment. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Abraham Merri The rush was checked for an instant, milling upon the road. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton And here he sits, Ronald Grew.” The young man’s flush deepened to crimson; but Mr. Grew checked his reply with a decisive gesture. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Jules Verne But he checked her with a gesture. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Arnold Bennett She was seated, with her left side to the fire and to the fizzing gas, at the dining-table, which was covered with a checked cloth in red and white. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Ann Radcliffe Yet had she been disposed to accept my addresses, surely some sign of approbation,” — he checked himself. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Victor Hugo The maze of passages and alcoves, with secret and bewildering doors, checked and retarded his progress. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins The confession of his love was within a hair-breadth of escaping him; but he checked the utterance of it even yet. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

The increase of every species of monkey must be checked by some means; but not, as Brehm remarks, by the attacks of beasts of prey. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Arthur Conan Doyle Many had been driven by pure weight and pressure into the fatal mud which had checked our advance. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne In hearing this demand Benito in an unguarded moment was about to intervene, but Manoel stopped him, and the young man checked himself, though not without a violent effort. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Denys caught at Gerard, and somewhat checked his fall; but it may be doubted whether this alone would have saved him from breaking his neck, or a limb. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Gissing Nay, when the moment came, reason surely would have checked his absurd impulse. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Walter Scott He was also strongly tempted to awaken Wildrake; but shame, stronger than fear itself, checked these impulses. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

George Gissing But because she had not the kind of face that’—— He checked himself. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Andrew Lang Labakan made a shrewd guess that all these people had come here on his account; but he checked his impatience, knowing that only on the fourth day could his wishes be fulfilled. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison So he checked his wrath and walked on. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Henry James But Gordon Wright checked this movement by laying his hand on Longueville’s shoulder and proceeding to introduce his friend. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

George Gissing Then I shall have to go to law with Rodman.’ ‘But how can he refuse? It is—’ She checked herself, remembering that words were two-edged. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Eliot But the springing tears were checked by new terror, when two men came up, whose approach had been the cause of the sudden excitement. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Gissing A third person, whose vanity was not concerned, might moralise thus— Will checked himself on an unpleasant thought. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Thomas Hardy The glimpses she had obtained of this portion were now checked by the angle of the building. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing Dora was about to use her latch-key, but Jasper checked her. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Fanshawe’s first impulse was to address her in words of rapturous delight; but he checked himself, and attempted — vainly indeed — to clothe his voice in tones of calm courtesy. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

But, this afternoon, they found ——’ Alfred checked himself, sat upright, shifted his position, and met Granville’s gaze. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Wilkie Collins Miss Vanstone — ” he checked himself suddenly. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

I have been but thy transient flower, Thou wert my god divine; Till checked by death’s congealing power, This heart must throb for thine. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Sinclair Lewis The usher, a brick-layer in a clean collar, was impressed by Elmer’s checked suit and starched red-speckled shirt and took him to the front row. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins She tried faintly to free her handsgave up the attempt — smiled — made an effort to look grave — gave that up, too — sighed suddenly — checked herself suddenly — said nothing. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Durant checked her steps, perceiving that the back in the doorway was not Cranch’s but mine. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

They were tipping the baggage-man, to make sure that he checked their baggage in time and put it on the train. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Gaskell Then an uncomfortable consciousness of a rough black coat, drab trowsers, checked cotton cravat, and splashed boots, forced itself upon him as he saw Osborne’s point-device costume. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Edith Wharton But the rapturous look she gave him checked the depreciation on his lips. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

George Gissing But, in calling here for the first time — ’ An unusual embarrassment checked him. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Sir Walter Scott Here they found the worthy goldsmith, who approached them with looks of curiosity, which were checked by the old lord, who said hastily, “All is well. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

But a different feeling checked her at a certain point of the narration — at the mention of the vow. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

He glanced at the river just as he was going to leave the verandah and checked himself at the sight of a small canoe crossing over from the Rajah’s landing-place. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Willa Cather She frowned and checked me with: “Speak idiomatically, please. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

So Planchet, notwithstanding a sort of internal shiver, checked as soon as experienced, received Porthos with respect, mingled with the tenderest cordiality. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James She had begun at last to watch them and had proposed that we should see in what they were so absorbed; but I checked her in the movement, raising my hand in a friendly admonition to wait. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Edith Wharton Groans and hisses received her, but the mob hung back, as though her look had checked them. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Meredith He checked the laugh on his lips. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Charles Dickens Don’t hurt me!’ He whined out the last three words in such piteous accents, that Hugh, who had dragged away the chair, and aimed a blow at him with it, checked himself, and bade him get up. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Virginia Woolf He smiled; he checked himself. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Gissing That she was keeping back something of grave import the girl had already confessed, and in her chatter she frequently checked herself on the verge of an indiscretion. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Jules Verne But on reaching a particular point, he checked his horse suddenly, and said to Paganel: “The Carmen route. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Leon Trotsky The police did not give much credence to the report of the arrested monarchist, but nevertheless checked up on his statement about my staying at the clinic. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He even brought his lips to mutter something like a prayer for forgiveness, and the tears came into her eyes as with uplifted hand she checked the words. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

H. G. Wells And your assistants checked your results. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Andrew Lang The princess burst into sobs and tears, till a hand on her shoulder checked her. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James It was her mother who checked her at last, and he found himself suspecting that Gabriel Nash had intimated to the old woman that interference was necessary. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

H. Rider Haggard An answering shout came from below, where Sir Henry’s wild career had been checked by some level ground. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Nathaniel Hawthorne On arriving opposite to it, her companion checked his horse, and gazed with a wild earnestness at the wretched habitation. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Wilkie Collins He was on the point of yielding himself to a useless out burst of anger against Arnold, when his better sense checked him at the last moment. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Martin was next, and looking round saw there was but one in pursuit; on this he made the young lovers fly on foot, while he checked the enemy as I have recorded. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

T. E. Lawrence We checked the men at the bottom of their narrow sand-fold, whilst we studied the railway. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Virginia Woolf Like stags full spent, among the bent They dropped awhile to rest — “Oh, it’s intolerable!” Hirst exclaimed, and then checked himself, as if it were a breach of their agreement. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Henry Handel Richardson Not many finishing governesses can teach all she can”— and Polly checked off Sara’s attainments on the fingers of both hands. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

If you knew that two unscrupulous ruffians ——” He checked himself suddenly. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Gissing It is not impossible that her disease might be checked if she lived at Eastbourne, but in London she will very soon die. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing Any one would think you cared for nothing but to take the money from me, just to—’ Even in his access of spiteful anger he checked himself, and dropped to another tone. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The natural impetuosity of his disposition returned on him, like a stream which had been checked in its progress, but which had gathered strength from the delay. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Oswald raised his hand and checked the words with which he would have begun his story. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

He checked my movement to rise by an austere, commanding gesture of the hand holding that fatal shoe. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Arnold Bennett On reaching the pavement he checked himself suddenly and became carelessly calm. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry James At last, as he turned away from a battery of smiles and other amenities, Newman caught the eye of the marquis looking at him heavily; and thereupon, for a single instant, he checked himself. The American by Henry James [1877]

Sinclair Lewis Don’t ever let me go!” “I won’t!” The Ouston debacle considerably checked Fran’s social career, though Lockert continued their mentor. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens A rise of the Catholics in the north was the next of these, and it was only checked by many executions and much bloodshed. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Gissing And yet’—she checked herself, with a look of worry—‘oh, dear me! I must absolutely go shopping, and I do so dislike to take the tots in that direction. A Charming Family by George Gissing

The formality of movements, of voices, governed and checked the unbounded emotions of my wonder. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arnold Bennett Albert, putting on his new black gloves, checked him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Gissing When the little fellow was overcome, and began to sob, Emma checked herself, recollecting that she had lost sight of the offender’s age, and was using expressions which he could not understand. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith You laugh! My goodness! what will you come to!’ Evan checked his smile, and, taking her hand, said: ‘I must tell you; that, on the whole, I see nothing to regret in what has happened today. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Edith Wharton Some instinctive loyalty to his past checked the temptation. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Meredith Waytes checked a bend of his shoulders. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Were the times wrong? But they had checked the times long ago, and they fitted nearly enough. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Henry James His good nature checked his resenting the young minister’s lofty admonitions, and his tough, inelastic sense of humor forbade his taking them seriously. The American by Henry James [1877]

But as I tried to thank him, he checked my stammering. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

An authoritative disputant was not unfrequently put down, and presumption of every kind checked by the same query. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Then she saw him and smiled, and then, as she had done on a thousand other occasions, checked her smile lest he should think it foolish. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Thomas Hardy The horses were checked on the instant. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Jack London He obeyed the impulse, but was checked by the master’s voice. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wonder——” “Sh-sh!”   The slight exclamation and a meaning frown from Wolfenden checked his speech. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The Colonel checked him with a word. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Ford Madox Ford He had presumably checked violently in his clumsy stride. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

But there, again, the king’s anger paused, checked by reason. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Sinclair Lewis She could not determine whether she was checked by fear or him, or by inertia — by dislike of the emotional labor of the “scenes” which would be involved in asserting independence. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I noticed that every man had a black-and-white checked necktie, a thing which Sandy always wore at home and which was the Laverlaw equivalent to a tartan. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Mrs. Heathcliff, however, checked me by her answer. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Henry James His heart rose into his throat, and he was on the point of turning to her companions, with an angry challenge; but she checked him, pressing the hand that held her own. The American by Henry James [1877]

George Gissing Dagworthy checked himself, turned about, and walked quickly from the place. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

She tried to disperse them, but they refused to be checked — her utterance was choaked. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Then I checked myself, remembering — oh, absurd, piteous human fears! — that my too unguarded closeness might alarm him. The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Ann Radcliffe A look from Adeline checked her. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Marjorie Bowen Marius was the better man; but she—— Miss Chressham checked herself with a smile. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Henry James Mr. Dosson had been going to call after him, but Delia checked him with a violent pinch. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Arnold Bennett She smiled and, tossing her curls, checked Edwin with cheerful, indomitable rapidity. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry James She might have been his —” She checked herself; she even for a minute lost herself. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]