Phrases with "chiefly"

His body also ached a bit, chiefly in his bones. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Walter Scott This fountain of old memory had been once adorned with architectural ornaments in the style of the sixteenth century, chiefly relating to ancient mythology. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Accordingly I went in and gossiped with Mr. Bellingham, chiefly about the work we had done at the Museum, until it was time for me to return to the surgery. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Willa Cather Now, most religions are passive, and they tell us chiefly what we should not do. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Sinclair Lewis He kept it up chiefly because all his life he had kept up onerous labor without any taste for it. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

They are great novel readers, but the market is chiefly furnished by England. They have, however, a few very good native novels. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

H. G. Wells They loved water and woodlands and distant fields in a wide view, and towns they admired chiefly as piled up accumulations seen from a distance. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Charles Dickens The cellar is full of company, chiefly very young men in various conditions of dirt and raggedness. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

George Gissing Early in November it was decided to go south for the winter, and Exmouth was chosen, chiefly because Mrs. Westlake was spending a month there. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells Those early years, those first and second decades of the new epoch, were in their daily detail a time of rejoicing toil; one saw chiefly one’s own share in that, and little of the whole. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Charles Dickens The rest of his time he chiefly passed in hugging and slobbering his favourites. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Anthony Trollope He would generally go of a Sunday morning; but there was a conviction that he did so chiefly to oblige his mother. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope Mrs. Davis was a widow, and her customers were chiefly people who knew her and frequented her house regularly. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard Dóngola is noted for its breed of horses, great numbers of which are imported by the people of Mahass; they are chiefly stallions, the natives seldom riding mares. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

A villainous compound of tannogallate of iron, gum-arabic and water, chiefly used to facilitate the infection of idiocy and promote intellectual crime. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope Then he had been removed to Brighton, under the doctor’s advice, chiefly in order that he might be kept out of the way of temptation. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

What chiefly interested Story in his profession seems to have been the modelling of unhappy women in various attitudes of reflection. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Algernon Blackwood That a man of independent means should devote his time to doctoring, chiefly doctoring folk who could not pay, passed their comprehension entirely. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Leon Trotsky The “Chrezvychaynaya Komissia” (the Extraordinary Commission), known in short as the Che-Ka, performed police and judicial duties, chiefly in connection with the defense of the revolution. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Robert Louis Stevenson But what seems chiefly interesting here is that the tides around this small sunken rock should follow exactly the same laws as on the extensive shores of the mainland. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nathaniel Hawthorne There were remnants of faded and tattered paper-hangings, but larger spaces of bare wall ornamented with charcoal sketches, chiefly of people’s heads in profile. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Olaf Stapledon The children also would help on the farm, chiefly for their education. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Leslie Stephen Arnall, now remembered chiefly by Pope’s line,— Spirit of Arnall, aid me whilst I lie! had received, in four years, £10,997 6s. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

The flight of time was chiefly marked by his growing antipathy to the political movements of the day, and by a growing despondency about the future. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Meredith With a petty bitter laugh he folded the letter, put it in his breast-pocket, and sallied forth for a walk, chiefly to talk to himself about it. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

This college, founded by the gratuitous charities of Spaniards, chiefly from the province of Biscay, is a truly splendid institution. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The peacock is chiefly remarkable from the extraordinary length of his tail-coverts; the tail itself not being much elongated. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Robert Louis Stevenson I am reading Don Quixote chiefly and am his fervent admirer, but I am so sorry he did not place his affections on a Dulcinea of somewhat worthier stamp. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Society there had not consisted chiefly of eating and drinking. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

W. H. Hudson About this girl I must speak at some length, since it is with her fortunes that this narrative is chiefly concerned. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Edith Wharton Glennard did himself injustice, it was from the unexpected discovery of his own pettiness that he chiefly suffered. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Yet it was the memory of something hardly more than an accident which chiefly held the woman rock — rigid in her chair. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

These festivals were of irregular occurrence, and were chiefly appointed to celebrate some passing event. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Sir Walter Scott Some hordes of them yet remain, chiefly in such situations as afford a ready escape either into a waste country or into another Jurisdiction. Nor are the features of their character much softened. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

They talked freely and happily during that long homewards walk, and their conversation was chiefly of bygone days. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Willa Cather What he chiefly detected was self-satisfaction; the craftiness of the coarse-fibred country girl putting catch questions to the teacher. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

John Lewis Burckhard In some parts of Syria, chiefly about Homs, the Fedhan el Roumy, or Greek Fedhan, is used, which means two pair of oxen. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

It is interesting to notice that among prose-writers her admires chiefly those specialising in violence — the would-be tough American school, Hemingway, etc. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Arnold Bennett Moreover, her existence now was chiefly an apology for itself. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The Amir, it seems, had four principal wives, and an army of 200 men armed chiefly with daggers. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Mark Twain Two thousand persons were present, chiefly young ladies and gentlemen. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope And she was aware that the lions eat up chiefly rich people. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

He was a constant reader, chiefly interested in history, political economy and sociology. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Algernon Blackwood The confusion is chiefly on the surface. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

At this stage it is usual for the friends of the criminal, or the turnkeys in their absence, to give him “auspicious” food, chiefly fat pork and Saam-su, an intoxicating wine. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Charles Lamb My companions were chiefly books, or at most one or two living ones of my own book-loving and sober stamp. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

The papers were chiefly sporting. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

He too is proud in a way of his skill, but his skill is chiefly in being servile. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope For me, I feel that I must see Lady Ongar before I can again go to your house, and I write now chiefly to tell you that this is what I have determined to do. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe It is when a partial cargo is received that danger is chiefly to be apprehended from shifting, and that precautions should be always taken to guard against such misfortune. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Francis Bacon The fifth, that it beats down the price of land; for the employment of money, is chiefly either merchandizing or purchasing; and usury waylays both. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Opinion on the Moscow sabotage trials, for instance, was divided, but divided chiefly on the question of whether the accused were guilty. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins But, with the sanction of the executors, I inform you confidentially that you are the person chiefly interested in it. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

These interests were chiefly two — capital seeking investment, and land desiring to sell itself. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

I know that my thoughts were chiefly about the jolly things that I had seen and done; not regret, but gratitude. Greenmantle by John Buchan

I was getting as nervous as a kitten, chiefly owing to the silence. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Walter Scott It is chiefly your business which I have done of late; and if it were less strictly honest than I could have wished, the employer was to blame as well as the agent. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Henry Fielding My triumph on this conquest is not to be expressed any more than my delight in the person to whom I chiefly owed it. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Nathaniel Hawthorne Nowadays the nosegays are gathered and tied up by sordid hands, chiefly of the most ordinary flowers, and are sold along the Corso, at mean price, yet more than such Venal things are worth. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

The following conclusions are drawn up chiefly from Gartner’s admirable work on the hybridisation of plants. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Her husband was likewise a writer of some note, chiefly on art. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anthony Trollope Lord Fawn did not make his appearance at Richmond on the Saturday evening, nor was he seen on the Sunday. That Sunday was, we may presume, chiefly devoted to reflection. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton The fastidiousness of speech came chiefly from my mother’s side, and my father probably acquired it under her influence. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

I sent home specimens of this gossypium arboreum, which everywhere grows wild and which is chiefly used for wicks. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Algernon Blackwood The shining eyes were what he chiefly noticed. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe He was an especial favorite, too, with the ladies — chiefly on account of his high reputation for courage. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells That is chiefly what I have come to say. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

The family resided chiefly at Binfield, on the borders of Windsor Park, and evidently were in comfortable circumstances at that time. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Frances Hodgson Burnett There were questions chiefly concerning mothers and their habits and customs. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

There are library subscriptions, and there are also the books, chiefly Penguins and other cheap editions, which one buys and then loses or throws away. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The dwellings appeared to he chiefly of one story; in fact, most of them deserved no better name than huts. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Thomas Wolfe And when the act did begin it was unconscionably long, chiefly because Mr. Logan was not able to make it work. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

It was, perhaps, chiefly fatigue that made my heart so heavy. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

He was an expert controversialist, but it is chiefly by his sermons, which are among the classics of English divinity, that he is remembered. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

I was sick of the inaction on the Aragon front and chiefly conscious that I had not done my fair share of the fighting. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

We had already been standing for some time, chiefly because we had experienced a difficulty in sitting or lying on the prickly turf with “nodings on. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

Anthony Trollope His time at present was chiefly given up to waiting on Miss Jones; and, luckier in this respect than his tutor, Mr. Cruse, he had no rival to interfere with his bliss. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Olaf Stapledon The form of these furry descendants of an extinct human species was chiefly determined, as so often with our fauna, by gravity. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

As the face with us is chiefly admired for its beauty, so with savages it is the chief seat of mutilation. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He continued to follow out his studies, devoting himself chiefly to St. Paul’s epistles. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

At Council table to make good my L. of Salisb. motions and speeches, and for the rest sometimes one sometimes another; chiefly his, that is most earnest and in affection. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

John Locke To the well distinguishing our ideas, it chiefly contributes that they be clear and determinate. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Isabella Bird This Diz consists of a few shelves or cavities, chiefly artificial, scooped out in the face of the perpendicular cliff above the village. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Leslie Stephen To us accordingly the conversation is chiefly interesting as illustrating what Johnson meant by his politeness. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

No sooner had I mentioned them than the greatest part of the Company, which appeared to be chiefly composed of soldiers, hastened forward to meet them. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Gissing A pony and cart served chiefly to give Mr. Fouracres an airing when his life of sedentary dignity grew burdensome. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

Anthony Trollope A man who lives before the world in London, and lives chiefly among men of fortune, can hardly be economical. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George MacDonald We talked the greater part of the night, chiefly about the growth of the children, and what it might indicate. Lilith by George MacDonald

Arnold Bennett All the streets were lined with stalls loaded with food in heaps, chiefly dried fish, the entrails of animals, and gingerbread. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope I believe the misery of the canal-boat chiefly consists in a pre-conceived and erroneous idea of its capabilities. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

George Sheldon devoted himself chiefly to his dinner and a certain dry sherry, which he particularly affected. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

He himself has left a most interesting record of his labours and wanderings, from which the following particulars are chiefly extracted. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

John Polidori He entered into the same circle, and soon perceived, that his Lordship was endeavouring to work upon the inexperience of the daughter of the lady whose house he chiefly frequented. The Vampyre by John Polidori

Robert Louis Stevenson This operation was chiefly performed by John Watt — a strong, active quarrier by profession — who was a perfect character in his way, and extremely zealous in his department. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Von Arnim The look on the listeners’ faces told her that; and it surprised her, for she remembered him chiefly as tongue-tied, as one who gazed rather than conversed. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Willa Cather Doctor Crane had married a girl whom no other man ever thought of courting, a girl of whom people always said: “Oh, she’s so good!” chiefly because she was so homely. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Sir Walter Scott They had been chiefly driven back upon that part of the plain where the river forms an angle with the lake, so that there was no free opening either for retreat or escape. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Leon Trotsky Lenin’s strength was chiefly this power of realistic imagination. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arnold Bennett That his companion chiefly ignored him did not appear to incommode him in the least. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

There were moving specks on certain roads especially away in Northern China; and, since there chiefly she could trace movement, without deliberate intention concentrated on it. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

H. G. Wells Her dress was always good, but extremely old and grubby, and she commanded respect chiefly by her voice. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Its attendants were chiefly confined to the parties themselves and their immediate relatives, but that did not prevent other people from flocking in to see it. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Virginia Woolf He forgot that this particular female had long ceased to frequent the Court; she consorted chiefly with fairies; and her friends were among the dead. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

I have, however, succeeded in getting rid of most of my wealth, chiefly through the fortunate advent of Almah and afterward of yourself. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Anthony Trollope It is chiefly in reference to one of these ushers that our story has to be told. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I don’t much admire your taste, my dear, because he’s a hundred and fifty years old — and what there is of him comes chiefly from the tailor. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard Small caravans, composed principally of Bisharein, come also from Souakin, a journey of ten days, with spices and India piece goods, chiefly cambrics. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Virginia Woolf He fails, one is tempted to think, chiefly because that admirable gift of his for observation has served him too well. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Lewis Carroll I thanked much for telling me The way he got his wealth, But chiefly for his wish that he Might drink my noble health. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

G. K. Chesterton The rest consists chiefly of blacking,” “Quite so,” said Colonel Grimm, politely. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

George Gissing It did not come to an actual rupture, chiefly because Yule could not do without his wife; her tendance had become indispensable. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

I have given this passage chiefly because it affords an example of the manner in which the generality of Americans are accustomed to speak of English pronunciation and phraseology. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

I was glancing over my own letters, chiefly from patients, with a rapid eye, when a cry of agony, a cry as if of one suddenly stricken to the heart, pierced my ear — a cry from within the house. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Jeremy Bentham As to health, strength, and hardiness, if rank has any influence on these circumstances, it is but in a remote way, chiefly by the influence it may have on his habitual occupations. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

What emulation of an economic kind there is between the members of such a group will be chiefly emulation in industrial serviceability. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The inquiry resulted eventually in an open verdict, and was chiefly instrumental in killing such compassion as is usually felt for the dead who die in their sins. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

The aristocracy and the big bourgeoisie exist in his books chiefly as a kind of ‘noises off’, a haw-hawing chorus somewhere in the wings, like Podsnap’s dinner-parties. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Little as she showed it, however, Christina had felt the affront far more keenly than Ruth — chiefly because she took it all to herself, and was unable to think it utterly undeserved. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

The injury lay chiefly in his head. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

Lady Mabel played a dreary minor melody, chiefly remarkable for its delicate modulation from sharps to flats and back again. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Andrew Lang Mr. Tylor, however, is chiefly concerned with Animism as ‘an ancient and world-wide philosophy, of which belief is the theory, and worship is the practice. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens After that, he wrote no more about them, and devoted his leisure chiefly to their house. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Francis Bacon For as to hieroglyphics (things of ancient use and embraced chiefly by the Egyptians, one of the most ancient nations), they are but as continued impresses and emblems. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But I then took notice, and still chiefly remember, that the best thing which the cave had to offer was an illusion. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Charles Dickens Down by the Docks, the apothecary sets up in business on the wretchedest scalechiefly on lint and plaster for the strapping of wounds — and with no bright bottles, and with no little drawers. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

This phrase or expression is of course artificial to the highest degree: and it is to it that the reproach of depending on mechanical aids chiefly applies. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

He is chiefly remembered by his Monody on the death of his wife. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Yet the ancient Peruvians seem to have made much less account of it than their Spanish conquerors, and to have valued the llama, in common with the other animals of that genus, chiefly for its fleece. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Oscar Wilde It was due, I think, chiefly to his inordinate desire to please. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

Nathaniel Hawthorne While the means held out his speculations had been magnificent, but were chiefly confined of late years to such small business as adventures in the lottery. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Rudyard Kipling And, because they’re chiefly home-bred English, they say you have insight. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arnold Bennett Hilda wanted to escape, but she could not, chiefly because her pride would not allow. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence In spite of all the splendours and the elaborated convenience, he washed himself in good hot water, and wished he were having a bath, chiefly because of the wardrobe of marvellous Turkish towels. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy There was something, indeed, inexpressibly dainty about the person of this lady, but young Jolyon’s attention was chiefly riveted by the look on her face, which reminded him of his wife. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

John Lewis Burckhard The Souk is fre­quented chiefly by Bedouins of the southern part of Arabia, who bring hither charcoal. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope I think it was their dirt that chiefly operated upon me. North America by Anthony Trollope

Mdlle. Curchod, as the wife of Necker, became somewhat of a celebrity, and it is chiefly owing to these last-named circumstances that the world has ever heard of Gibbon’s early love. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

H. G. Wells We were soon seated together in a little stone arbour, engaged in conversation, chiefly of smiles. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Eliot But he had no basket of tools, and he was not walking with the old erectness, looking keenly round him; his hands were thrust in his side pockets, and his eyes rested chiefly on the ground. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

I followed, when I could, the courses of the rivers; but the daemon generally avoided these, as it was here that the population of the country chiefly collected. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He therefore skipped the description of the tragedy, and devoted his attention to the last paragraph, toward which he fancied that the finger of Major Jones had been chiefly directed. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

T. H. Huxley Regarded systematically, the cerebral differences of man and apes are not of more than generic value; his Family distinction resting chiefly on his dentition, his pelvis, and his lower limbs. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Constancy of character is what is chiefly valued and sought for by naturalists. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

His mother, though not lacking in admiration of her son, is said to have been chiefly concerned lest the praises of his genius should make him forget the Giver of it. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Andrew Lang His fame may not rest chiefly on the Idylls, but they form one of the fairest jewels in the crown that shines with unnumbered gems, each with its own glory. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Arnold Bennett The place served chiefly as the lair of Miss Spencer, who was as well known and as important as Jules himself. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Sidney Colvin What chiefly or alone makes the episode poetically acceptable is the strain of lyric poetry which Keats has put into the mouth of the supposed Indian maiden when she tells her story. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had worked there fifteen years on and off — chiefly off during the past five — and most of the studio police knew him. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Arnold Bennett She could hear chiefly the steady hum of the voices of the executioner and his aids. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Nathaniel Hawthorne I recognized as chiefly due to this man’s influence the sceptical and sneering view which just now had filled my mental vision in regard to all life’s better purposes. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope I chiefly write to give my assent. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

John Lewis Burckhard Formerly, when the caravans enjoyed perfect security on the road, goods were chiefly transported by land to. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

John Locke But it is chiefly by the finding out those ideas that show the connexion of distant ones, that our stock of knowledge is increased, and that useful arts and sciences are advanced. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

To-day, I do not doubt the very landmarks are all swept away; but it offered then, within narrow limits, a delightful peace, and (in the morning, when I chiefly went there) a seclusion almost rural. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Meredith His brown coat struggles out of the obscurity of the background, but it is chiefly background clothing him. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Life had almost a stranglehold upon him in those days and he was living chiefly upon his courage. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope But she must trust now chiefly to her own correspondence. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

However, as those places are intended chiefly for women, a man’s views are not in place. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Walter Scott There is the Little Ease, for common fees of the crown — rather dark, and the common sewer runs below it; and some gentlemen object to the company, who are chiefly padders and michers. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Benjamin Disraeli Then there were endless visits to endless visitors; dressing; riding, chiefly with Lady Caroline; luncheons, and the bow window at White’s. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope During that walk to and from Gobblegoose Wood something had been said between the lovers as to Captain Batsby — something, no doubt, chiefly in joke. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

It is not, however, for these that he will be chiefly remembered, but for his patriotic and war lyrics, Ye Mariners of England, Hohenlinden, and The Battle of the Baltic, which are imperishable. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Upon that arose a knot of gentlemen, chiefly those who hunted, and in a very few hours laid the foundation of a small cavalry force. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Edith Wharton What chiefly puzzled him was Alfieri’s insistence that Cantapresto should not be privy to the adventure. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Thus, there seems to be little doubt that the stock of partridges, grouse, and hares on any large estate depends chiefly on the destruction of vermin. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

George Meredith She will live, I hope, chiefly with me. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Ill-health or a complete breakdown sometimes sent him away perforce, and it is to this that he chiefly owed his knowledge of other climes. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was the West, the big, brawny West, with its polyglot population and immense material prosperity, which he chiefly feared. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

His conversation was not brilliant, indeed I do not know apropos to what, I suppose to the climate, but it chiefly turned on medicine. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Sir Walter Scott But the inmates chiefly occupied Brown’s attention. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Ann Radcliffe Ambition, it has already appeared, was one of his strongest motives of action, and he had long since assumed a character of severe sanctity, chiefly for the purposes of lifting him to promotion. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Mr. Treadman, who attended chiefly to the conveyancing, lived at the office, with his family. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Guy de Maupassant Those seem to be chiefly devoted to women. The Mustache (Good Reasons) (Le Moustache) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Snakes are frequently met with in the woods betwixt the sea-coast and the rock Saba, chiefly near the creeks and on the banks of the river. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

His arms and feet were bare; and he ate neither flesh nor bread, supporting himself chiefly upon fish and wine. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Sir Walter Scott It had its drawbridge, though now never drawn up, and its dry moat, the sides of which had been planted with shrubs, chiefly of the evergreen tribes. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Now for the soul’s being engendered, and that after the birth, he chiefly uses this demonstration, that the children are for the most part in manners and inclinations like to their parents. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Jane Austen These shared her heart: her time was given chiefly to her house and her servants. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope When they do so, they drink champagne; but their normal drinking is done separately, at the bar, chiefly before dinner, and at a cheap rate. North America by Anthony Trollope

Towards the quarter of the President’s house are several handsome dwellings, which are chiefly occupied by the foreign ministers. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

George Gissing I’ll just say that you needn’t have any fear I shall trouble you in future; I know that’s what you’re chiefly thinking about. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Willa Cather Since it was what my life has chiefly meant, I should like him to know. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

E. F. Benson Georgie was in and out of the house all day, chiefly in; and not only did scandal never rear its hissing head, but it positively had not a head to hiss with, or a foot to stand on. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

D.H. Lawrence He also gets up parties of pleasure, and is chiefly responsible for the coming of the players to the theatre this carnival. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

D. H. Lawrence And by the highest good of the greatest number is chiefly meant the material prosperity of all classes. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He said to his countess: ‘This is one of the hopeful marriages; chiefly of your making. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle Scanlan and Berbrix, though their intercourse was carried on chiefly by signs and mutual back-slapping, had become very close friends, and were now continually closeted together. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Our account of this interview is chiefly taken from the narrative of Colonel Smith, corroborated by other testimony. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Algernon Blackwood Where the wind had unobstructed motion, and where the heat of the sun accumulated in the hollows, this sense of preparation, of cooperation, chiefly touched me. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins His letters to me chiefly related to borrowing more. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Jeremy Bentham The civil code would consist chiefly of mere masses of expository matter. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Marie Corelli But this is precisely what he chiefly lacks. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Karl Philipp Moritz He is almost become a native; and his library consists chiefly of English books. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

George Eliot That effect was chiefly determined by the fact that she made the only exception, among all the human beings about me, to my unhappy gift of insight. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

The effects are pleasing to us chiefly because we have been taught to find them pleasing. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Charles Stur They appeared to me tol ive chiefly on vegetables during the season of the year that we passed up the Murray, herbs and roots certainly constituted their principal food. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Isabella Bird It has a newspaper called the Farhang, which prints little bits of news, chiefly personal. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Thomas Carlyle But they were comparatively an idle adjunct of the matter, men who as it were but toyed with the matter, these later Skalds; and it is their songs chiefly that survive. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

It is an irregular square, and built chiefly of the remains of ancient edifices. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Maria Edgeworth Mortified by the ill success of his enterprise, Forester returned home, attributing the failure of his eloquence chiefly to his ignorance of the Scotch dialect. Forester by Maria Edgeworth