Phrases with "flying"

Mrs. Gaskell Miss Pole was very much inclined to instal herself as a heroine, because of the decided steps she had taken in flying from the two men and one woman, whom she entitled “that murderous gang. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Her hair, flying loose in revel or war, is still an angel’s hair, and glorious under a halo. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Meanwhile the level light perchance Pick’d out his barrel with a glance; For all around a distant popping Told birds were flying off or dropping. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

He leaped forward with a curse and smote his negligent comrade so terrible a blow in the face, that the man went flying backwards, and the thud of his head on the road could have been heard anywhere. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

He picked himself up by slow degrees, and glared round with speechless awe and amazement up at the human thunderbolt that had shot out on him and sent him flying like a feather. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle It seemed as if they were flying upwards rather than that we were sinking down. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Frances Hodgson Burnett But what an extraordinary thing that—! She was like a swallow—she was like any swift flying thing on a man’s arm. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The wind was rather high, and that vexed the aviators, as the art of flying is not yet so perfect as to control the winds when they are over-strong. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Rudyard Kipling In a lull I heard the flying feet of a man, a shout, and a far-away chorus of lost spirits singing somebody’s requiem. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Leon Trotsky As early as 1918, it had already become a flying apparatus of administration. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Abraham Merri Instead of the light flying off affrighted from shining dome it plays within new hair. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

One fine March day she saw a vessel sailing up the river, with a white flag flying from the main-mast. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

In the old days in the Highlands, to take to the hills had been synonymous with flying from justice — what the Irish call being on the run. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Kenneth Grahame Then the world turned suddenly upside down, the barge seemed to flit lightly across the sky, the wind whistled in his ears, and Toad found himself flying through the air, revolving rapidly as he went. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The air was full of flying water. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Virginia Woolf They had laughed and laughed, like a couple of children, all because Mr. Ramsay, finding an earwig in his milk at breakfast had sent the whole thing flying through the air on to the terrace outside. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Maria Edgeworth The chaise passed between these batteries, the stones flying on all sides. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

G. K. Chesterton Then standing up in front of the cab himself, he lashed the horse and roared aloud, so that they went down the streets like a flying storm. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

H. G. Wells It was horrible and delightful, and as wild as a nightmare, to go flying off in this fashion. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson At any moment we may encounter a flying shell, which will send us somewhere farther off than Grez. Grez — for that is our destination — has been highly recommended for its beauty. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

In her terror she was flying off for assistance, and met me. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our chaps set up a hooting as they came flying on, for it seemed shame to see an Englishman run like that; but as they swept across our front we saw where the trouble lay. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Robert Louis Stevenson And suddenly engaging, he twitched the sword out of my grasp and sent it flying far among the rushes. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells I struggled in vain, I was forced over the brink, the coffin rang hollow as I fell upon it, and the gravel came flying after me in spadefuls. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Steele Rudd Dan was showing Sal how the Prince of Wales schottische was danced in the huts Out Back. For music, Sal was humming, and the two were flying about the room. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

H. G. Wells But at last a queer incident came to sober him, to send him flying down once more to the crowded life below with all its dark insoluble riddles. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

He did not take to his gun again, although he could see the wild ducks in autumn, flying past his house. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The Sea Hawk was there, all right—a fine-looking schooner yacht flying the pennant of an international club and the German national flag. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

And he had spent all that money on what, to judge by his overnight case, was a flying visit. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Ford Madox Ford A vast mound; a miniature Primrose Hill. But much bigger than anything they had seen created by flying pigs or other aerial missiles as yet. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

D. H. Lawrence There was a bit of flying conversation. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

D. H. Lawrence For later on I saw the steward send other larks flying for demanding more than one-fifty. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Notwithstanding the stones which were flying round him, Barnabas stood at the window dashing heavy iron masses, and killing two or three men every time. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

If Holstein is attacked also, which is likely, the Germans will not be restrained from flying to her assistance; Russia has menaced to interfere with arms, if the Schleswigers are successful. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

H.P. Lovecraft Wind whistles and pipes through passes and in and out of caves, but no flying danger so far. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

William Makepeace Thackeray My eagles, flying from steeple to steeple, never shall droop till they perch on the towers of Notre Dame. “‘Soldiers! the child of YOUR FATHER has remained long in exile. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Virginia Woolf Among them was the ship of the Muscovite Embassy flying its double-headed black eagle from the main mast, which was hung with many-coloured icicles several yards in length. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

A dove in flying all her feathers fell off. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle John Girdlestone caught his son by the wrist and dashed away into the darkness, flying wildly, madly, with white faces and staring eyes, as men who have looked upon that which is not of this world. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

John Galsworthy Modernity was nothing but speed! People who blamed it might as well blame telephone, wireless, flying machine, and quick lunch counter. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

I ask myself why this man, instead of flying at once, should have waited and remained there, at that door, to parley with us. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

E. Phillips Oppenheim Both windows in the automobile seemed to fall away and the air for a moment was thick with flying fragments. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

As she gazed she heard another sound above, and looked up to see the earlier horror flying round in circles high over her. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Daniel Defoe The Gazarim, from the bare observing of the good and bad omens, by the entrails of beasts, flying of birds, &c. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

G. K. Chesterton If they’re ousted from Pump Street they’re flying somewhere. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Robert Louis Stevenson The sky was simply darkness overhead; even the flying clouds pursued their way invisibly to human eyesight. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

From all appearances it was a large schooner yacht, flying a distress signal. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

D. H. Lawrence Outside the cathedral were many flying spirits that could never be sifted through the jewelled gloom. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson You may sleep in flying trains or wayside taverns. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassant Immediately we fixed our glances on him, and we saw, yes, monsieur, we saw distinctly, both of us, something white flying over the bed, falling on the carpet, and vanishing under an armchair. Beside a Dead Man (Beside Schopenhauer’s Corpse) (Auprès d'un Mort) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

You had only to turn your back for an instant and blotting-paper pellets were flying to and fro. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Margaret Oliphant Mrs. Hilyard was seated in her room, just as he had seen her before, working with flying needle and nervous fingers at her coarsest needlework. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Meredith Moreover, Janet would be flying on the wind to me, and I had a craving for soft arms and the look of her eyebrows, that warned me to keep her off if I intended to act as became a man of good faith. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Meredith He’s a Welshman. They are all excitable,—have heads on hound’s legs for a flying figure in front. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Abraham Merri Something like a flying serpent hissed by Kenton; hissed and struck the Norseman’s back. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Those who make such a declaration may justly be reproached with flying in their master’s face. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Jack London The snow was flying more thickly, and White Fang, whimpering softly to himself as he stumbled and limped along, came upon a fresh trail in the snow. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Over it went, slowly at first, then faster, until with a crash it came down on its side, sending them flying like stones from a sling far out into the sea. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell And now I think I can tell you that I beg your pardon for flying out upon you so; but God knows what pain you were putting me to. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Wilkie Collins It’s flying in the face of Providence — that’s what I say. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

I went off for Cole, flying all the way. The Angels’ Music by Ellen Wood [1876]

H. G. Wells A resolute man —!” “But — never since flying began —” cried the man in yellow. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

The poorer folk were already taking to the bush or flying up the river. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They turned away from this to the open flying ground. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Recalling his experience of last night, a doubt flashed through Colin’s mind like a flying spark. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Richard Burton Many flying parties of travellers had almost started on the high road, and late in the evening came a new report that the body of the Caravan would march about midnight. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Henry Kingsley He is great at all sorts of hunting; I want to see if he can find us a flying doe for tomorrow. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

This was what came of Mr. Granger’s flying visit to his boy. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The fiery Tarchon, flying o’er the plains, Press’d in his arms the pond’rous prey sustains; Then, with his shorten’d spear, explores around His jointed arms, to fix a deadly wound. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Henry Kingsley The horse had furnished so since then! Here he came, flying past them like a whirlwind, shaking the earth, and making men’s ears tingle with the glorious music of his feet on the turf. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

William Henry Hudson Sometimes I could not prevent my thoughts from flying away from the present; then suddenly the complexion of my dream would change, darkening like a fair landscape when a cloud obscures the sun. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

That old man climbed; the day grew dim; Two swans came flying up to him, Linked by a gold chain each to each, And with low murmuring laughing speech Alighted on the windy grass. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

T. E. Lawrence In Azrak we found a few servants of Nuri Shaalan, and the Crossley car with a flying officer, an airman, some spares, and a canvas hangar for the two machines protecting our concentration. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Walter Scott He looked up — it was the favourite falcon of Sir Halbert, which, flying around his head, seemed to claim his attention, as that of a well-known friend. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

George Meredith Had she asked herself the reason of her extended speculation, her foot would not have stopped more abruptly on the edge of a torrent than she on that strange road of vapours and flying lights. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Andrew Lang As he looked a woman rose from the depths of the sea, flying madly before a furious giant. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Presents always seemed to be flying about in that circle; flowers and boxes of sweets were common currency. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

The honeymoon is to be spent in Corsica, with perhaps a flying visit to Naples if we feel like it, and a week in London to wind up with. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Leon Trotsky The genial mood I had carried away from the croquet court with its fringe of pear-trees, where I had routed my sisters with flying colors, instantly gave way to a feeling of intense despair. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Charles Dickens I could not even make out which was the sea, and which the sky, for the horizon seemed drunk, and was flying wildly about in all directions. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Then, recognizing Colin, she came flying down the stairs like a small white whirlwind of welcome. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

The bullet splashed on the innocent bronze nose of a cupid in bas-relief, flying across a door shut tight and already bolted from the inside. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle A flying column under Colonel Greathed came round to Agra and cleared the Pandies away from it. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

M. P. Shiel The footsteps were now near, but she had still time to take one flying peep at the face, she could not help it now that she was so near: she dared to lift the face-cloth a little, and saw . The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Edith Wharton And it had sufficed to her to meet Enid Drover in the hall, with that silly chatter about the house next door, to check the impulse, drive her back into the life she was flying from . The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Across the road he saw a flying figure. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

T. E. Lawrence From Aba el Lissan they climbed uphill towards the old blockhouse, which was deserted except for the silent vultures flying above its walls in slow uneasy rings. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Joseph Furphy Satan approached, carrying his negatively gifted rider, at a free, flying canter; his gregarious instinct prompting him to join my horses. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

He was riding in the void, flying without wings, securely existing by movement and balance among the dangers of that other world. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Anyway, there we were, in clover; the Squire about to be stewed up in the county courts all day; I and Tod flying about the town, and doing what we liked. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Edith Wharton She was in one of the buoyant moods when the spirit of life caught her in its grip, and shook and tossed her on its mighty waves as a sea-bird is tossed through the spray of flying rollers. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

William Morris Moreover down in the west was a great bank of cloud huddled up in haze, whereas for twenty days past the sky had been clear, save for a few bright white clouds flying before the wind. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a muffled sound of flying footsteps upon the stairs and then silence. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Leon Trotsky The young horses raced off and made for the estate of the Dembovskys, flying past the house, the barn, the garden, and across the roadless field. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton They found the sand harder farther on; it began to be crusted with scraps of turf and in a few moments they were flying easily over an open common of rank sea-grass. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

He gave me a push which sent me flying head-foremost to the floor. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I had inquired about accidents, and was glad to find that thirty years’ practice had eliminated the worst dangers and reared a race of flying men. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Suddenly with a quick jerking movement he sent it flying through the air, and it struck into the wooden door, just over Chiquita’s head. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

A single gull, flying wildly up beyond Blackfriars, swooped, wheeled, rose, and was off again down stream. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Rudyard Kipling A lumbering Adjutant-crane brought up the rear, flying as though each slow stroke would be his last. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Walter Scott I see our gallant army flying for many a league — To horse, my Lord Abbot — To horse, Roland — my gracious Liege, to horse! Ere this, we should have ridden many a mile. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

The vast beast gave a low and terrible howl; his immense tail went flying all about; in his pain he rolled over and over, crushing underneath him in his awful struggles all who were nearest. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

James Joyce On the glass of the window were two flying inscriptions: Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale. A cut ham was exposed on a great blue dish while near it on a plate lay a segment of very light plum-pudding. Dubliners by James Joyce

Sir Richard Burton When he came and saw his egg broken, he cried a loud cry, whereupon his mate came flying up and they both began circling about the ship, crying out at us with voices louder than thunder. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

There was a sudden commotion, a flying to and fro of messages, an electric thrill of horror through fifteen decent Nonconformist homes. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle A man may be president one week and hunted like a dog the next — they are for ever flying for their lives. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then her heart took a flying leap as a hollow ringing note like a gong echoed and re-echoed through the house. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

As we advanced homewards, there came a large water-fowl, about the size of a goose, flying across us. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Ere this, a flying rumor had been spread That fierce Idomeneus from Crete was fled, Expell’d and exil’d; that the coast was free From foreign or domestic enemy. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

I know, I cherish, and detect the cheat Of every hour; but still, with eager feet And fervent hope, pursue the flying fair, And still for promised rapture meet despair. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

George Meredith In the morning there was a flying word from Roland, on his way to England. Rosamund tempered her report of Renee by saying of her, that she was very quiet. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

More seasonably may you revel in the house of Paulus Maximus, flying thither with your splendid swans, if you seek to inflame a suitable breast. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

And already the rumours were flying round that people were being secretly shot in jail. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Andrew Lang This ring was still more useful than the box, because when one wished oneself at any place one was there directly, without even the trouble of flying to it through the air. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang This brought it down on its hind legs, and the man went flying over its head into a ditch. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Isabella Bird We anchored near Basrah, below the foreign settlement, and had the ignominy of being placed for twenty-four hours in quarantine, flying the degrading yellow flag. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Jules Verne Troops of ducks were hastening back to Lake Barnett, flying close, although they knew it not, to Mrs Joliffe’s saucepan. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Abraham Merri Over in the west, from beneath the tattered, flying edge of the storm, dropped the red globe of the setting sun; dropped slowly until it touched the sea rim. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Jack London The air was thick with flying wreckage, detached ropes and stays were hissing and coiling like snakes, and down through it all crashed the gaff of the foresail. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Edith Wharton He knew what was in it before he broke the seal — a grey seal with BEYOND! beneath a flying ship. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Guy de Maupassant The women, whose thighs were disjointed, skipped amid such a flying upwards of their petticoats that the lower portions of their frames were displayed. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Jack London His great chest was low to the ground, his head forward and down, while his feet were flying like mad, the claws scarring the hard-packed snow in parallel grooves. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Anthony Trollope The man who tells himself that he is brave, will struggle much before he flies; but the man who never does so tell himself, will find flying easy unless his heart be of nature very high. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce That was a long time ago then out on the playgrounds in the evening light, creeping from point to point on the fringe of his line, a heavy bird flying low through the grey light. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle Instantly I galloped forward, but before I could reach it a man dashed out of the door, flung himself on to the horse, and rode furiously away, the crisp, dry snow flying up in a cloud behind him. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Rudyard Kipling He was mobbed by the infuriated soldiery, who closed round but did not kill him, for he fought his way to shelter, flying for the life. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

On her head is a white head-dress, and round it a yellow halo; just above is a white dove flying downwards, its head having a small red nimbus or cloud round it. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

They had descended on the camp at dawn, and in the battle of flying spears some women and children were accidentally killed. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle If a fellow wants to avoid danger he had best keep out of flying altogether and subside finally into flannel slippers and a dressing-gown. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Ivan Turgenev Life is retreating; slowly and smoothly she is flying away from me, as the shore flies from the eyes of one at sea. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells With the newspapers rustling and flying through the air like witches in a storm. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells Huge splinters came flying through the air, its engines burst like shells. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Sinclair Lewis Randy said, in a Boosters Club speech, “Wilbur may be as Southern as a hot tamale but he’s also Northern as a blizzard and as streamlined as a flying torpedo. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

And yet, for want of such a mark, though all our lives flying past them and through them, we can never challenge them as known. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Sinclair Lewis She picked up a pencil, turned over the parchment, and drew a flying motor car. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence No man can overhear ten words of Italian today without two thousand or two million or ten or twenty or two liras flying like venomous mosquitoes round his ears. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

John Galsworthy Let’s have ‘Orfeo.’” Round about him now were fields of gold and silver flowers, white forms swaying in the sunlight, bright birds flying to and fro. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope How many an Englishman stays in Paris two days to see the city; whereas no Frenchman comes to London for such a flying visit, unless he be a commis voyageur, or has some business in hand. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

H. G. Wells There were half a dozen reassuring years for Tom — at least so far as flying was concerned. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Anthony Trollope With quick, but still with gentle and apparently unhurried steps, he walked down before the flying engine — and in a moment had been knocked into bloody atoms. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis He always insisted that I inherited my flying technique from him — running his elevator up to a twelve-story altitude. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Again he thought, how during this long month, he had avoided Perdita, flying from her as from the stings of his own conscience. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Arthur Morrison There were times when two or three of the police, hot in the chase, would burst into the Jago at the heels of a flying marauder. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

On pattering bare feet a child came flying out from among the palms, only to pull up abruptly when she perceived that the visitors were strangers. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Andrew Lang The girl awoke with a start, and leant forward to grasp him, but he was already flying off, and she only seized a feather from his wing. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

R. D. Blackmore He was always trying to discover something which never seemed to answer, and continually flying after something new, of which he never got fast hold. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle For there were two of them, and the British ensign was flying above the Jolly Rodger — the honest flag above that of the rogue. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

George Meredith The task, moreover, of avoiding to tease her brother was made easier to her by flying to this new refuge of mysterious reflection. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Virginia Woolf Stainless and boundless rest; space unlimited; untrodden grass; wild birds flying hills whose smooth uprise continue that wild flight. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Jonathan Swif There was a flying report of a general cessation of arms: everybody had it at Court; but, I believe, there is nothing in it. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Nellie Bly As we drove through the streets of Amiens I got a flying glimpse of bright shops, a pretty park, and numerous nurse maids pushing baby carriages about. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Henry Kingsley The steep slope of turf, the top of winch, close over head, was hid by flying mists, trended suddenly downwards, and disappeared. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

I pushed forward as eagerly as though I had spoiled the Egyptians and were flying from Pharaoh’s police. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

G. K. Chesterton But Dickens never did anything better than the short account of Mr. Grewgious’s dinner being brought from the tavern by two waiters: “a stationary waiter,” and “a flying waiter. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps this literally flying figure shone the more vividly in their memories because, when they saw it again, it was in a subtle sense changed. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Maria Edgeworth Lady Cecilia soon came flying in, all delight and affection, reproaches and wonder alternately, in the quickest conceivable succession. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins He was off on his furious wheels — half man, half chairflying like a whirlwind to the other end of the room. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

H. G. Wells We have nothing to produce to explain our presence here, no bit of a flying machine or a space travelling sphere or any of the apparatus customary on these occasions. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

It can’t possibly have been so, but we saw thousands and thousands of them all flying to one huge fellow in the middle, and then — well, then they weren’t there. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Automobiles and motorcycles came and went; an enormous elephant-coloured armoured automobile, with two red flags flying from the turret, lumbered out with screaming siren. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

G. K. Chesterton Suppose it began to snow when I had hardly a rag on my back; I suppose the Flag of Pavonia, flying on the top of the palace, would have come down off its pole to wrap me up like a blanket. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Olaf Stapledon And here and there, a flying whirlpool of primeval power collided with some star and tore from its substance the material for future planets. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells And then came a swift rush down, with the wind-screw whirling to check their fall, and the flying stage growing broad and dark before them. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Sinclair Lewis In the center a dragon writhed its tongue in a field of stars, and on the rim were buds on clouds of snow, a flying bird, and amusing symbols among willow leaves. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton Where the high saddles jostle And the horse-tails toss, There rose to the birds flying A roar of dead and dying; In deafness and strong crying We signed him with the cross. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

When we came down to dinner we found the tables fairly full of belated visitors, who presently proved tourists flying south like ourselves. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Andrew Lang When their father returned the young ones told him what Paul had done, and he lost no time in flying after Paul, and asking how he could reward him for his goodness. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle These were long, thin, fantastic coils of vapour-like material, which turned and twisted with great speed, flying round and round at such a pace that the eyes could hardly follow them. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Edith Wharton As they took wing for this it seemed to him that they were flying indeed, flying far up into the cloudy night, with Starkfield immeasurably below them, falling away like a speck in space . Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

The breeze, blowing freshly from the west, seconded their efforts, and the destructive element, flying on the wings of the wind, soon outstripped the efforts of the unfortunate aborigines to escape. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Guy de Maupassant I saw always the glimmer of his light, which was shining on a tapestry on which were two angels flying over the dead on a field of battle. Who Knows? (Qui sait ?) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

H. G. Wells She took her nearest way out of the world by flying her machine to an immense height and throwing herself out. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

His goddess mother is not near, to shroud The flying coward with an empty cloud. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Anatole France The flying ephemerides enveloped us like a vaporous eddy. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Robert Louis Stevenson The water was dappled with slanting sunshine, and dusted all over with a little mist of flying insects. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Alcide Jolivet, his useless dispatch in his hand, had run to Blount, stretched on the ground, and had bravely lifted him on his shoulders, with the intention of flying with him. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Jules Verne The carpenter flung himself to the bottom of the shaft, and seizing a pickaxe sent the laths of the roof flying on every side. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Ivan Turgenev There was a sound of the cooing of doves, and the bees hummed, flying low over the scanty grass, Overhead the sun was radiantly blue — while I was so sorrowful. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Their flying legs crossed and mingled in the most bewildering way; their feet sometimes meeting squarely in midair, their bodies thrust forward, falling flat upon the ground and for a moment helpless. The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce

Sinclair Lewis Toward noon, as Buffum was approaching the village of Apogee, Iowa, the smooth blaring of the motor was interrupted by a noise as though the engine was flying to pieces. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Jonathan Swif There is a flying report that the French have offered a cessation of arms, and to give us Dunkirk, and the Dutch Namur, for security, till the peace is made. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Sir Richard Burton Thereupon all departed flying away like birds, signaling with their hands farewells as they went and leaving me alone in the palace. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

H. G. Wells Graham recognised the gulf across which the gutter ran, and the wind-wheels where he had crouched from the flying machine. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Jules Verne Thus the theory of the “heavier than air” flying machine was employed by the inventor, a system which enabled him to dart through space with a speed probably superior to that of the largest birds. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Jules Verne Ferguson expected at every moment to see Joe spring up out of some thicket, flying for his life, and calling for help. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

It was a small comfort to Anthony to remember that he had actually heard the flying feet, for the horrible possibility haunted him that Quentin might . The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Birds, half asleep and confused by the darkness, fluttered away before them in helpless fright, rabbits sprang from their forms, weasels glided away like flying shadows. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Willa Cather A foot of snow had fallen during the morning, and the wide space over the river was thick with flying flakes that fell and wreathed the masses of floating ice. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

H. G. Wells He just jumps from the preparatory school to the War and the flying corps. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

I descended (by the ladder) thinking that I would never go flying again. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

H. G. Wells A lad weeping with terror thrust against him, pressing towards the stairways, yelling “Clear for the aeropile!” The bell that clears the flying stage became a loud unmelodious clanging. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Andrew Lang Kostiei’s soldiers dashed hastily into the forest, believing they saw before them the flying horse with its double burden. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sigmund Freud Thus her intention of flying from the house was not in itself capable of producing a dream; but it became so by being associated with another intention which was founded upon infantile wishes. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

G. K. Chesterton He knew that any speech, good or bad, would wreck his whole plan and send the wild inn flying again. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Andrew Lang Things were worse during the night and they could get no sleep for the stones and clods that came flying about the house. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hughes You haven’t got the sort of hide to take a sound licking kindly;” and he opened the door and sent the young gentleman flying into the quadrangle, with a parting kick. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Walter Scott One part of his people followed him, while the other continued to pursue the flying enemy for a little space along the causeway. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Andrew Lang And so it happened that one day she was flying over a dense forest, and below hounds were barking fiercely, because, not having wings themselves, she was out of their reach. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I will not live in Europe, even were I, in flying from it, compelled to beg my bread. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Virginia Woolf She saw a file of birds flying high, flying together; crossing the sky. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]