Phrases with "defensive"

George Meredith Thus we are taught, that a foreign General, ignorant of the language, must confine himself to defensive operations at home; he would be a child in the hands of the commonest man he meets. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

H. G. Wells His desire to associate himself with Benham was so strong that it triumphed over a defensive reserve. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

In the centre of the disc is the first segment, from which the frontal fringe is extended in the form of an array of keen bristles as a defensive weapon. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

George Eliot Jacopo will come with us,’ she added, motioning to the peeping lad, who came slowly from behind his defensive bush, as if invisible threads were dragging him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

H. G. Wells Where he had been defensive and irritable he was now tranquil and resolute. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells From the escape defensive to the aggressive defensive is a step. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Walter Scott To this custom contributed also the art of fencing, then cultivated as a new study in Italy and Spain, by which the sword became, at once, an offensive and defensive weapon. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Andrew Lang We are far from contending that it is always possible to understand Homer’s descriptions of defensive armour. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells We pass very readily from the merely defensive to the defensive aggressive, and from refusing to hear the word that might stir our consciences to a vigorous effort to suppress its utterance. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

T. E. Lawrence In short, he had fallen back on as stupid a defensive as could be conceived. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Solitude is averse to being surprised in dishabille, and surrounds herself with all sorts of defensive obstacles. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Edith Wharton Each time that George approached his glass, Mr. Warley made a feint of lifting a defensive hand, and then smiled and yielded. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

H. G. Wells But Marion received her with that defensive suspiciousness of the shy person, thinking only of the possible criticism of herself; and my aunt, perceiving this, became nervous and slangy . Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells The court, the army people, the Foreign Office treated him with elaborate civility but regarded him with hard, defensive eyes. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Meredith A combat, perceptibly of some extension, would soon give him command of the man of peace; and energy to continue attacks will break down the energies of any dogged defensive stand. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Charles Dickens The defensive pride of the peasant’s daughter — morbidly sensitive to the inequality between her social position and his — would be secretly roused against him if he ventured on a rich offering. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

H. G. Wells The Utopian physiology, relieved of these merely defensive necessities, had simplified itself and become more direct and efficient. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

In that particular case a defensive strategy, coupled with propaganda, would probably have had a better chance of victory than the methods casually adopted. Democracy in the British Army by George Orwell [1939]

A carefully prepared defensive plan would be checkmated before it could be tried. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells Stop your poor defensive resistances. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

H. G. Wells Tariffs against sweated products, restriction of immigration, tensions leading at last to a war of defensive massacre are inevitable. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Edmund Burke Its defensive power is weakened as it is diffused. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

H. G. Wells War had been declared; one side had taken the offensive and the other the defensive according to rule. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Well, Cossington had too many papers nowadays to interfere with us, and we perhaps had learnt some defensive devices. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Walter Scott Sundry good Protestants, who thought so highly of themselves as to suppose they were worthy to be distinguished as objects of Catholic cruelty, had taken to defensive arms on the occasion. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

They appear to use their sting only as a defensive weapon; but other smaller species that hunt singly, and are very agile, use their stings to paralyse their prey. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

I fancied it could not be very prejudicial to Mrs. Linton; unless she made it so afterwards, by assuming the defensive for her guest. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Walter Scott The circumstances seemed to argue a desperate combat; both were tall, strong, and courageous, both had defensive armour, and the fatal and desperate poniard was their only offensive weapon. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

G. K. Chesterton If he had gone out to purify the world by shooting all possible burglars, it would not have been a defensive war. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

In defensive armour they were sadly deficient. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Offensive warfare offers more hope of the enemy being speedily crushed; but a defensive war is surer and less dangerous. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

There was something defensive in the feeling of her small, shapely body. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. G. Wells All the other Earthlings except Mr. Burleigh and Lady Stella betrayed the defensive spite of consciously inferior creatures struggling against that consciousness. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. G. Wells As he talked, they realised that his never very venturesome mind had bolted back to outright High Anglicanism, and to fear and defensive hostility towards anything outside it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Wilkie Collins I produced the railway time-table as the best defensive weapon at my command. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

H. G. Wells What else is there?” “A life isn’t necessarily sordid because it isn’t pretentious,” said Prothero, his voice betraying a defensive disposition. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Arnold Bennett In the great, passionate war of marriage they would draw thus apart, defensive and watchful, rushing together at intervals either to fight or to kiss. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Still I saw that she now had a certain respect for my defensive powers. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Poor chap! You know we were to have met next Saturday?” There was a defensive note in his voice. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

H. G. Wells The monster flapped its wings and startled him into a defensive attitude. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

H. G. Wells My mother sat back with a defensive expression on her white face, and Ernest was posed, wide and large, in a non-committal attitude, ostentatiously unable to make ‘ead or tail’ of the affair. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

The unwholesome-looking little moral agent of destruction exulted silently in the possession of personal prestige, keeping in check this man armed with the defensive mandate of a menaced society. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Meredith A defensive stroke, protecting him against his fair one’s violent charge of horse, warded off an implied attack upon Old England, in Old England’s best-humoured easy manner. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

T. E. Lawrence He had been up here for two months, containing Wejh, and his last news was that the outpost of Turkish camel corps upon our road had withdrawn that morning towards the main defensive position. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells And there were defensive dreams in which Gemini figured hale and triumphant and friendly, explaining everything away. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells It was as if they were testing the defensive organization of mankind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thomas Hardy As to how Reynard would contrive a meeting with her coy daughter while in such a defensive humour, that, thought her mother, must be left to his own ingenuity to discover. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

James Joyce Caseous may bethink himself a thought of a caviller but Burrus has the reachly roundered head that goes best with thofthinking defensive fideism. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Margaret Oliphant She cried, “Oh, I’m sure!” in a tone which was half defensive and half deprecating. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

John Galsworthy The contempt lavished on the imbecile, the cruelty and contempt had been defensive — defensive revenge on something which outraged the nerves. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Or it may be that the preceding epidemics had changed some hitherto defensive element in human blood. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here the two combatants drew their swords and threw off their doublets, for neither had any defensive armor. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

John Galsworthy A kind of defensive irony welled up in him. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Whereupon the most elderly member of the party threw up his arms in what appeared to be a defensive gesture, and plunged to the sidewalk as the car went past. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

The egoistic nations to the north and the south of us entered into an offensive and defensive alliance to put down, the new altruistic commonwealth, and declared war against us. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins In timid animals, the one defensive capacity which is always ready for action is cunning. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Here, too, he could keep his watch, holding himself ready to counter the movements of his enemies, should any opportunity arise for action on his part, defensive or aggressive. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Eliot His thoughts flew at once to some hidden defensive armour that might save him from a vengeance which no subtlety could parry. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Theodore Dreiser The general feeling was that Cowperwood’s defensive tactics — which consisted in having the city council refuse to act — could be easily met. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith Barto stole a defensive rearward step. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

H. G. Wells Her expression of radiant welcome changed to a defensive coldness. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Anatole France She replied quickly, with a defensive instinct: “Oh, no; not to-morrow!” “You do not love me; you regret that you have promised. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

H. Rider Haggard There are two hundred of them in the caravan, and the consequence is that I have not more than twenty men available for defensive purposes in case they should attack us. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

We entertained one another for quite a long time with cross-questions and crooked answers; I affecting eager curiosity, he replying with a defensive attitude of universal ignorance. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

In a moment, under my eyes, the seamen, who had been holding their own with difficulty in a shower of defensive blows, began to dart forward, striking out with their fists, catching with their hands. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

T. E. Lawrence Our third resource to ruin their offensive was to hinder the railway, whose need would make them split up the striking force on defensive duties. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arnold Bennett The phrase was actually on her tongue; but by a strange instinctive, defensive discretion she shut her mouth on it and kept silence. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft Dogs abhorred the boy, and he was always obliged to take various defensive measures against their barking menace. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

H. G. Wells It would necessitate the creation of regional or national ad hoc committees for the establishment of a collective legal and political defensive for this dissent from current militant nationalism. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

H. G. Wells But he would not have answered the question calmly; he would have had a touch of defensive indignation in his voice. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

H. G. Wells They had never developed that defensive suspicion of the teacher, that resistance to instruction, which is the natural response to teaching that is half aggression. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Those tightly arcaded M’s and N’s were too defensive to have been made by a talker. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Arthur Conan Doyle As it was, Tom, thanks to his position as one of the firm, was able occasionally, in spite of every precaution to penetrate through the old man’s defensive works. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henrietta was standing, flushed and defensive and stubborn, with her back to the fireplace, and the others were staring at her, accusing and angry. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle The Northerners played so furiously that the ball was kept down near the English goal, which was only saved by the splendid defensive play of their backs. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The corroboree of native companions (ANTIGONE AUSTRALASIANA) may certainly be the practice of a defensive manoeuvre, though it has the appearance of a graceful dance. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

George Meredith They passed an English defensive fort, and spared its walls, in obedience to Matthew Shale’s good counsel that they should forbear from sneezing. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Meredith The defensive is perilous policy in war. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

H. G. Wells Their defensive obscurantism makes just the shadows in which fresh infringements of human dignity can occur. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells At the core of their worlds, it would seem, was the unspeakable, a large nothing which had once been a person, surrounded by a defensive halo. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Andrew Lang Meanwhile they are accused of introducing the bronze corslets and other defensive armour of their own period. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton She could be as unscrupulous in fighting for herself as she was reckless in courting danger, and whatever came to her hand at such moments was likely to be used as a defensive missile. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H. G. Wells They saved me to a large extent from developing a shell of defensive reserve about my self conceit. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

John Galsworthy Some defensive joke seemed going the round of them. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Sylvia had her defensive armour on in a twinkling. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells He was entirely enclosed in a defensive phraseology and a conscious “scorn” of the “baser” orders and “ignoble” types. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Andrew Lang The heroes wore no breastplate; their only defensive armour was the enormous Mykenaean shield. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Abolish landlordism if you will, I said, buy it out, but do not drive it to a defensive fight, and leave it still sufficiently strong and wealthy to become a malcontent element in your state. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Victor Hugo The problem was to turn that human rock from a defensive to an offensive state. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Walter Scott Such persons of consideration as either party chose to invite to witness the contest were to wear no other weapons than their swords, and to come without defensive armour. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

William Morris Moreover, unlike our villagers, they had defensive arms. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Walter Scott In retaining their own unwieldy defensive armour, the Northern Crusaders seemed to set at defiance the nature of the climate and country to which they had come to war. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

John Galsworthy Alone with Annette Soames said, “Well, Annette?” with a defensive little smile about his lips. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

I determined, however, to make one more effort, rather, I think, for the pleasure of witnessing his defensive maneuvers than with the expectation of getting anything out of him. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Andrew Lang Common as it was, Homer never once mentions its use for defensive armour, or for swords and spears. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton It was the duel of the naked sword and the walking-stick: probably the only merely defensive battle ever fought on this earth. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]