Phrases with "flakes"

Arthur Conan Doyle As it was, he found on looking down that his pearl grey trousers were covered with flakes of wet mud. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

By turns a pitchy cloud she rolls on high; By turns hot embers from her entrails fly, And flakes of mounting flames, that lick the sky. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Nathaniel Hawthorne These are not the big flakes heavy with moisture which melt as they touch the ground and are portentous of a soaking rain. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Victor Hugo None knew what had become of it; flakes replaced the hailstones, the snow began to fall slowly. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George MacDonald The scales of his armour flashed like flakes of lightning. Lilith by George MacDonald

Henry David Thoreau But while the earth has slumbered, all the air has been alive with feathery flakes descending, as if some northern Ceres reigned, showering her silvery grain over all the fields. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was still snowing, but the flakes were bigger now against the darkness, and trying to locate the buried walk I noticed that the Bakers’ back door was ajar. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Elizabeth Gaskell She bent against it as she ran, and the flakes of snow were sharp and cutting as ice. Christmas Storms and Sunshine by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A few feathery flakes are scattered widely through the air and hover downward with uncertain flight, now almost alighting on the earth, now whirled again aloft into remote regions of the atmosphere. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. Rider Haggard Now flakes floated down as big and soft as fifa flowers. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle So near were we that the burning wads from the enemy’s muskets flew in flakes of fire over our heads, and we felt upon our faces the hot, quick flush of their discharges. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Headlong between its high banks plunged the swollen torrent, the roaring spate; brown from its washing of the peaty moorland, and churned into flying flakes of foam. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

A light snow-shower, large feathery flakes flying wide apart, fell from the steel-grey sky; but Mary minded the snow no more than she minded the wind. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

It was snowing with a vengeance when we came out—large flakes half as big as a shilling, and in places already a foot deep. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

George Gissing He found police and public gathered thickly about some person invisible; a vigorous effort and he got near enough to see a recumbent body, quite still, on which the flakes of snow were falling. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Henry David Thoreau I see where the breeze dashes across it by the streaks or flakes of light. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Jules Verne There were several kinds of seals, some stretched on the earth, some on flakes of ice, many going in and out of the sea. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The snow was now some fourteen inches deep upon the ground, and still falling in such thick flakes as made it impossible to see twenty yards ahead. A Service of Danger by Amelia B. Edwards

Nathaniel Hawthorne Even at noontide it sat with her in the arbor, when the sunshine threw its broken flakes of gold into the clustering shade. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Arthur Conan Doyle Broad and ungainly, she floundered from wave to wave, dipping her round bows deeply into the blue rollers, and sending the white flakes of foam in a spatter over her decks. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

The sky was inky and a few wandering flakes of the now rapidly advancing storm came whirling in, biting my cheeks and stinging my forehead. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Then came something silent and quiet against my face, and across the Square fell a thin veil of slowly falling flakes of snow. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Only think! only think!” Bruno stood in the centre of them, the snow falling in flakes off his garments, his eyes turning bewildered from one to another. Signa by Ouida

Arthur Conan Doyle Broad flakes of plaster from the walls lay littered about in the passages. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Hardy The solitude was further accentuated today by the stopping of the clock for want of winding, and the fall into the chimney-corner of flakes of soot loosened by the rains. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Sally Carrol felt a film of flakes melt quickly on her eyelashes, and Harry reached over a furry arm and drew down her complicated flannel cap. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sinclair Lewis Behind walls of corded wood in back yards their sawbucks stood in depressions scattered with canary-yellow flakes of sawdust. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Ford Madox Ford There were rifts presumably alongside flakes of flint, that a rifle-bullet would get along. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch When the crashing ceased around them, the King could hear the soft flakes of sweat dripping from the stallion’s belly, and saw the stars reflected now from the floor where his forest had stood. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Caroline Lamb Lord have mercy, if there ain’t shrouds flying over the mountains!” “It is only the flakes of snow driven by the tempest. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Victor Hugo The flakes of snow falling on him had sprinkled him with white tears, and made him visible on the background of darkness. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

D. H. Lawrence They stooped in a long curve down into the golden glow, concentrating, cawing, wheeling, like black flakes on a slow vortex, over a tree clump that made a dark boss among the pasture. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens The flakes fell fast and thick, soon covering the ground some inches deep, and spreading abroad a solemn stillness. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing The morning was dry and cold, and before long large flakes of snow began to fall. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

A. E. W. Mason They lay like flakes of snow upon the dark polished boards. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

D.H. Lawrence She crept nearer and nearer the edge, feeling she must watch the gulls thread out in flakes of white above the weed-black rocks. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson Snow was in waiting, but, so far, only a few detached flakes had fluttered down. Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

Bram Stoker For the snow flakes and the mist began to wheel and circle round, till I could get as though a shadowy glimpse of those women that would have kissed him. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

And round about God many angels fly like flakes of snow; and it may be even that bees hum there, and white doves fly between Heaven and earth, telling God all about us and everybody. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells It was dropping off in flakes and raining down upon the sand. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Guy de Maupassant They were walking along, interlaced, charming, with short, little steps, crossing the flakes of light; which illuminated them momentarily, and then sinking back into the shadow. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Thomas Hardy Deeper than this their gaze passed thin flakes of incandescence, till it plunged into a bottomless medium of soft green fire. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne But the orang had not touched the ground, when the snowy sheet arose and dispersed in the air in such innumerable flakes that the light of the sun was obscured for some minutes. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Ford Madox Ford The rather reddish soil with flakes of flint and little, pinkish nodules of pebbles was a friendly thing to face closely. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Mark Twain Where the paint has yielded to age and exposure and is peeling off in flakes and patches, the effect is not happy. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Sinclair Lewis In a swirl of flakes which scratched at their eyes like a maniac darkness, he unbuckled the harness. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

A few ragged flakes fell from the black vault above, or were shaken down from the crusted branches. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

D. H. Lawrence Bits of pale gold are flying among delicate but cold flakes of cloud from the east, over Monte Pellegrino, bits of very new turquoise sky come out. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

In this, too, they are like sunshine, whose beauty men notice not at noon when it is greatest, but towards evening, when it lies in flakes of topaz under shady elms. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

H. G. Wells As the darkness thickened, the eddying flakes grew more abundant, dancing before my eyes; and the cold of the air more intense. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

The accomplice who left the flakes of wool adhering to the plank is a real being. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Ralph Waldo Emerson There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

George Gissing She had one hand beneath her head, the other held a large fan, with which she warded off stray flakes of sunlight falling between the leaves. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Olaf Stapledon It was all though the flakes themselves, congested into a thawing snowfield, created in their constant dying a dim phosphorescence. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

All the articles which the young detective had collected, from the flakes of wool to the diamond earring, were spread out upon the magistrate’s desk. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anton Chekhov Big flakes of snow glistening in their whiteness, lay on the window frame, but at once disappeared, borne away by the wind. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Andrew Lang There are “fat stains” on books, as thumb marks, traces of oil (the midnight oil), flakes of old pasty crust left in old Shakespeares, and candle drippings. The Library by Andrew Lang

Before dawn the snow returned, big powdery flakes with no wind behind them. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

This spectacle drove me back immediately; I took my hat, and, after a four miles’ walk arrived at Heathcliff’s garden gate just in time to escape the first feathery flakes of a snow-shower. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Jules Verne The snow raged around them, and mingled its white flakes with the froth of the swollen torrents. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing In his agitation, he made scant reply to the postman’s remark about the weather; yet he noticed that it had just begun to snow, and that the light flakes were silver in sunlight. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Olaf Stapledon Overhead there was nothing but the blinding darkness, whence the flakes vacillated groundwards. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Bram Stoker It was strange to see the snow falling in such heavy flakes close to us, and beyond, the sun shining more and more brightly as it sank down towards the far mountain tops. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

D. H. Lawrence Then again there was a burst of sound, and a burst of brilliant light, the moon had exploded on the water, and was flying asunder in flakes of white and dangerous fire. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

We were standing at the gate, looking down upon the white roofs, showing like flakes of silver through the sea of dark jungle. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

A great, clear fire blazed in the grove; lights and shadows danced together between the trees; in the still night bats flitted in and out of the boughs like fluttering flakes of denser darkness. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

I’m told that the first flakes fell that night at ten minutes to eleven. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Gustave Flauber The outgoing tide exposed star-fish and sea-urchins, and the children tried to catch the flakes of foam which the wind blew away. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Olaf Stapledon The universe now appeared to me as a void wherein floated rare flakes of snow, each flake a universe. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The Nile mud is strongly impregnated with it; and in Nubia we used to find it lying in thick talc-like flakes upon the surface of rocks far above the present level of the inundation. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

A bullet had clipped a groove in his skull, above the temple; from this the brain protruded in bosses, dropping off in flakes and strings. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

H. G. Wells Half a dozen men stood about him, and light flakes of snow touched hands and face and melted. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell And sure enough, even while we were in church, it came down thick, in great large flakes — so thick, it almost darkened the windows. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now all features of the landscape before him were lost in the darkness of night, against which the white flakes came closer and nearer, thicker and faster. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Among the grains of sand and flakes of mica furtive bubblings, burrowings, and upheavals betrayed a benighted folk to whom the water was as a firmament into which they might not venture to ascend. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Here we deposited it and went back to the camp, leaving the softly falling flakes to cover him quite as effectually as we could have done. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

The flakes perched on his eyelashes and blurred his vision, but he saw enough to help him to realise what had happened. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

He had taken his cap off and his hair shone like gold in the light drift of flakes that had begun to fall. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then the small flakes came in skirmish-line, and the horse bent his neck patiently as a transparency of white appeared momentarily on his coat. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy Fiery mats of thatch slid off the roof and fell into the road with a deadened thud, whilst white flakes of straw and wood-ash were flying in the wind like feathers. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

From the paling sky the flakes now fell at rarer intervals, light and buoyant, like feathers. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The western clouds divided and subdivided themselves into pink flakes modulated with tints of unspeakable softness; and the air had so much life and sweetness, that it was a pain to come within doors. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Thomas Hardy The snow had followed the birds from the polar basin as a white pillar of a cloud, and individual flakes could not be seen. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

It will come home to you, Major Parrifer.” George Reed went out, quietly shutting the hall-door behind him, and walked home through the thick flakes of snow that had begun to fall. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Wet flakes of snow fluttered through the dense, moist darkness. Mother by Maksim Gorky

He had to wait; to and fro he walked, while the flakes fell faster; and the wind, which at first had but moaned, pitifully howled. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Emily Dickinson From some old fortress on the sun Baronial bees march, one by one, In murmuring platoon! The robins stand as thick today As flakes of snow stood yesterday, On fence and roof and twig. Poems by Emily Dickinson

Without, heavy flakes of snow were falling thickly, flakes as large and nearly as heavy as a crown piece, rendering the atmosphere so dense and obscure that a man could not see a yard before him. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Tongues of flame darted through each loophole and shot sparks and fiery flakes into the night. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

It was not a pleasant place in which to lose one’s way, with the first feathery flakes of a coming snowstorm just fluttering down upon the heather, and the leaden evening closing in all around. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

Theodore Dreiser The flakes were coming down thick and fast. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

William Dampier You may draw it off either in flakes or small threads, as you have occasion. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Sinclair Lewis The moon-tipped flakes kicked up by the horses settled over the revelers and dripped down their necks, but they laughed, yelped, beat their leather mittens against their chests. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Ere yet they blind the stars, and the wild team Which love thee, yearning for thy yoke, arise, And shake the darkness from their loosen'd manes, And beat the twilight into flakes of fire. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Mary Webb They held to their individuality as flakes as long as they could, it seemed; but the end came to all, and they were merged in earth and their own multitudes. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Victor Hugo These spots, which are flakes of snow, slip, wander, and flow. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

James Joyce Little flakes of fire fell and powdery ashes fell softly, alighting on the houses of men. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce