Phrases with "eluded"

Elizabeth Von Arnim She hit at it, and it eluded her without fuss or effort and with an almost visible blandness, and she had only hit herself. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

George Meredith Her previous cavalier was on his feet, all but on his knees, it appeared, searching for something that eluded him under the road-side bank. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Wilkie Collins He had successfully eluded not only the snare first set for him, but others subsequently laid. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Miss Black was not eluded by such bagatelles as trains and omnibuses, but by things of greater importance, by new-laid eggs, and fresh butter, and cottage loaves. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

The slippery old man perpetually eluded the cumbrous grasp of his antagonist. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Algernon Blackwood But, while it escaped description in his mind, as equally it eluded visualisation in his soul, he felt that it combined with its vastness something infinitely small as well. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

George Meredith He pursued, but we eluded him, and dropped on a quiet sleeping-place among furzes. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

G. K. Chesterton But though he heard a great deal about Verner, there was one thing that continually eluded him; something that nobody knew, that even Saltoun had not known. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Sinclair Lewis He eluded her; pulled his arm free; disappeared in the smoke. Things by Sinclair Lewis

Anatole France Upheld by the menace of chastisement, human laws may be eluded by cunning and dissimulation. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

George Meredith Morsfield was a kind of Bedlamite to her; amusing in his antics, and requiring to be manoeuvred and eluded while he lived: once dead, just a tombstone, of interest only to his family. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Sigmund Freud But when the dream-process becomes a perception-content, it has, so to speak, eluded the obstacle set up in the Pcs by the censorship and the sleeping state. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Having stolen it, he eluded me, and fled to Australia, not knowing the real value of his treasure. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Pu Songling When she asked what medicine had been employed, The-favourable eluded the answer. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

George Meredith Language to express her peculiar repulsion eluded her. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Dian and two others had eluded them. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Abraham Merri Ev — Eval — the name eluded me . Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

By him he was doubtless furnished with a warning, and the horse upon which he left his abode shortly before the arrival of Sir Ferdinand. The elder Marston had also eluded the police. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The Dervish eluded me still; he had left the floor, on which I sank exhausted, but a few minutes before my horse stopped at the door. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

His sister of England rose before him — a distracting vision! He and she had grown old together, and she had always eluded him — eluded his love and his hate. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

His peculiar prying imagination penetrated it quickly; the feeling that there was in it an element which eluded his grasp exasperated his impatience to get on. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson For one stage he eluded the notice of the officials; but just as we were beginning to move out of the next station, Cromwell by name, by came the conductor. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton The other he tried to slip through hers; but she eluded him nimbly, and Frome’s heart, which had swung out over a black void, trembled back to safety. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

George Meredith Her ingenuitics of the defence eluded his attacks, and compelled him to fall on heavy iteration of his demand for the jewels, an immediate restitution of the jewels. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Meredith She resolved that she would one day, one distant day, provoke it—upon what? The special point eluded her. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

H. G. Wells He spoke like one who was trying to keep hold of an idea that eluded him. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

He eluded their persistence and entrusted the precious pages to a box which he could secure under lock and key. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Theodore Dreiser His wife had not kept pace with him, or, rather, had not eluded him in his onward flight — had not run swiftly before, like a winged victory. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Bram Stoker Gliding forward, she tried to seize the African; but he eluded her grasp, just missing, in doing so, falling into the mysterious hole. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Arthur Machen He ran forward and tried to catch it, but the Isiki eluded him. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Jules Verne But the maniac has already eluded his confinement, and with singed hair and his clothes already alight, rushes upon deck. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

I committed offences; I eluded you; I committed what, in my case, was an act of duty: I am seized, and I perish. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Henry Handel Richardson Then, she had eluded the matter with an indifferent word; now, she was not in a mood to do this, or in a mood to show leniency. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Margaret Oliphant But again and again they eluded his grasp, and the indefinite brightness which had no foundation in reason, swallowed up everything which interfered with its power. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Sometimes the smell eluded him, but then, straightening himself up, he could detect it again at once. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Something so vague and yet so familiar — something that eluded thought yet challenged it, something — God knows what! troubled me. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

R. D. Blackmore The boy skipped round the protecting figure, whose grasp he eluded easily, and swinging the staff with both arms, aimed a great blow at the head of his enemy. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Wilkie Collins The man dressed like a mechanic has eluded all inquiries. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

G. K. Chesterton It seems they’re waiting for White. Says he’s broken the law in taking his house off the land, and that he has always eluded them. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then Philip would fain have spoken with Sylvia before the hour came at which he must return to Monkshaven, but she eluded him, and went in search of Kester, whose presence she had missed. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

H. G. Wells Bert began to light matches from a borrowed boxful, and search for a half-crown that still eluded him among the charred remains. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

I rushed towards the window, and drawing a pistol from my bosom, fired; but he eluded me, leaped from his station, and running with the swiftness of lightning, plunged into the lake. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

That eluded him: its essence was too subtle, too private, too transcendental. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Edgar Rice Burroughs For a long time I eluded them, hiding in caves and wading in rivers to throw them off my trail. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman It eluded her clutching fingers. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

George Gissing The images of those with whom she had talked so cheerfully either eluded her memory, or flitted before her unexpectedly, mopping and mowing, so that her heart was revolted. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Jeremy Bentham A man may suffer grievously, for instance, by a new tax, without being able to trace up the cause of his sufferings to the injustice of some neighbour, who has eluded the payment of an old one. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Grayle eluded the prison, but he was a man disgraced and an exile — his ambition blasted, his career an outlaw’s, and his age not yet twenty-three. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Wilkie Collins The name I wanted steadily eluded my search. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Some escaped by night from the camp, eluded the vigilance of the sentinels, and effected their retreat on board the vessels. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Jack London She eluded me like the mermaid she was, and I saw the laughter on her face as she fled. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Edgar Allan Poe I do not wish, however, to trace the course of my miserable profligacy here — a profligacy which set at defiance the laws, while it eluded the vigilance of the institution. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

Walter Scott Demetrius. A thousand horrid prodigies foretold it: A feeble government, eluded laws, A factious populace, luxurious nobles, And all the maladies of sinking states. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Donatello, whose faithful watch was no more to be eluded than that of a hound, had stolen after her, and became the innocent witness of a spectacle that had its own kind of horror. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

H. G. Wells Once or twice in the daytime he had tried to make sketches of these watchers, but their physical forms had always eluded his pencil. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

F. Scott Fitzgerald All these emotions eluded him, he did not even feel the physical nervousness of that very morning — it was all one gigantic aftermath. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry James My position was an accident, but if it had been calculated the reason would scarce have eluded an observer of the fact that no one else in the room had an approach to an appearance. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

But when it came to the point she always broke it off; for these love affairs, full at first of ecstatic happiness and hope, somehow became unreal and eluded her in the end. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

George Meredith Carinthia expected the revelation of a notable secret, but none came; or if it did it eluded her grasp:—he was praising contemplation, he was praising tobacco. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]