Phrases with "flying"

The fact has not appeared in court, but a witness we might name perceived you flying from your aunt’s door to the swamp as if your life depended upon the speed you made. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton For a moment he thought of flying too; then a desperate resolve nerved him to meet them, and stemming the crowd, he made a circuit which brought him face to face with their retreat. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

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

There’s something either in the hedges flying past you, or in the throb of the engine, that gets your thoughts running in a certain rhythm. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim There’s a cordon of guards twenty miles in circumference round their great flying base. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The agony of waiting! Through the blurred glass he fancied that he saw twin lights advancing over the flying ground. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Whilst flying from flower to flower he makes “a shrill, almost whistling noise”;56 but it did not appear to Mr. Salvin that the noise was intentionally made. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells The whole island, you know, was one enormous hotel, complex beyond explaining, and on the other side there were miles of floating hotels, and huge floating stages to which the flying machines came. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope He was capable of passion, capable of flying out and saying a very severe thing to Septimus Traffick or another when his temper was hot; but he was incapable of sustained wrath. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson The vast empty sheds, the empty store, the airless, hot, long, low rooms, the claps of wind that set everything flying — a strange uncanny house to spend Christmas in. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

And suppose he would — suppose he could? Well — what of that? I didn’t come here flying for my life — did I? I came here to set my back against the wall, and I am going to stay here . Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

He had only time for a few days’ flying visit to Mr. and Mrs. Sanker in Wales before opening his new school. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

H. G. Wells All the old-world people who were scared into silence for a time will be coming back, leaping, crawling, flying in a gale of hopelike sparks, like burning twigs and branches. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Nathaniel Hawthorne All this while, the mother stood on the threshold, wondering how a little girl could look so much like a flying snow-drift, or how a snow-drift could look so very like a little girl. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Oh, what a look! And after this mute interchange of anguish, they spoke hurriedly, for the moments were flying by. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He’s flying round the world all the time. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Andrew Lang One day, however, when the father had gone to a little distance to collect some sticks for the fire, the boy fetched his bow, and shot at a bird that was just flying towards its nest. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy After flying in the war he had never wished to fly again. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

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

Finally, Bubbles waved her broom-stick, and more than one of those present imagined that they saw the light, airy-looking little figure flying across the hall, and so out of a window—. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

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]

Sinclair Lewis The flying buttresses soared like wings. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

In his own sphere, in his own element, he might have outrun Fionn, but this was Fionn’s world, Fionn’s element, and the flying god was not gross enough to outstrip him. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Rudyard Kipling He twitched his gown over his shoulders, and a square plate of gold, studded with jewels, gleamed for an instant through the fur, like a star through flying snow. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Salius to death the great Antronius sent: But the same fate the victor underwent, Slain by Nealces’ hand, well-skill’d to throw The flying dart, and draw the far-deceiving bow. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Walter Scott Had I cudgelled the cur soundly when he first bayed at me, the cowardly mongrel had been now crouching at my feet, instead of flying at my throat. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Wilkie Collins I saw the livid, bleeding hands flying past them again, in my dreams, last night. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

THERE you see that the trees and houses are cloth, and the moon is tissue paper, and the flying fairy is a middle-aged woman strung up on a rope. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H. G. Wells Little cowled figures they seemed at first, going with a rolling motion and as fast as flying birds. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

H. G. Wells Remarkable accident! She had not seen him! In a moment Lewisham’s legs were flying over the stile. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Andrew Lang And they started off, flying, flying south for many a day. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A dove in flying hurt her little wing. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

If he could succeed in negotiating the first one, he could take the second and the bank in a flying leap, and it would not matter very much if he missed the bank as long as his hands caught at it. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope Westerman felt that it would be useless to pursue them; his soldiers, moreover, were already flying without orders. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson I mean I’d ——” But here the flying words gave out; there came a stormy breath and a cry of: “Oh, Betty, Betty! . Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Nathaniel Hawthorne Faster and faster, therefore, went her flying fingers. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

You don’t want to think of flying at all. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Arthur Conan Doyle In an instant the inconstant bird had forgotten all about the great heron above her and was circling over the rooks, flying westward with them as she singled out the plumpest for her stoop. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

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

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Screaming and howling, the great creatures rushed away in all directions through the brushwood, while our allies yelled in their savage delight, following swiftly after their flying enemies. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Leon Trotsky It now looked as if he had changed his mind and was flying back in some mysterious way, and was even arranging for me to meet him at a station where the trains cross. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Andrew Lang At this moment the bird suddenly awakened, and, flying on to Saphir’s shoulder (which it never afterwards left), began fondling him as well as a bird can do. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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

D. H. Lawrence There was a silence made horrible by the faint noises that rats and flying bats give out. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Jim, flying for his life, hiding from every honest man, every policeman in the country looking after him, and authorised to catch him or shoot him down like a sheep-killing dog. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H. G. Wells I will ring up your secretary at the chateau, do a quick talk, and come flying downstairs or wherever you are with an urgent message from Goodamanas for you personally. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

H. G. Wells The last dread of flying vanished. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

The golden flowers, grouped in huge heads, are rich in nectar, attracting birds and butterflies by day and flying foxes at night. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

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

H. G. Wells From it he was able to watch the wonderful spectacle of the first air-fleet flying through the night. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Arrived at the lane, Sam saw the other two flying along, just as if they wanted to catch a train and had not a minute to do it in. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

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. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins She was hurrying away from him — running, old as she was — flying the sight of him, as if the sight of him was the pestilence. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

I remembered Castro’s warning — the blindness of flying lead; but it was the profound stillness that checked me. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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 Its light came glaring in through vast windows and arches and showed Graham that he was now one of a dense mass of flying black figures pressed back across the lower area of the great theatre. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a regiment of horse on their way from Chichester to Portsmouth, with colours flying and band playing, making the bravest show that ever my youthful eyes had rested upon. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Virginia Woolf On the following day they met — but as flying leaves meet in the air. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

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]

H. G. Wells Asiatic flying ships passed overhead, the two cyclists made a dash for cover until the sky was clear. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Andrew Lang Is that a white gull he sees flying towards the shore, or is it a sail? No, it is no gull, it is the wonder-ship flying along with billowing sails. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Ah, we were great, both Violette and I. She lay down to it like a coursed hare, the fire flying from her hoofs. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Sometimes I seemed to walk as if I had wings, flying along like the moon in the sky. In the World by Maksim Gorky

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]

Olaf Stapledon In the inevitable “expansion” of the universe, the dark galaxies had already for aeons been flying apart so rapidly that light itself could not have bridged the gulf between them. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Willa Cather In another year the Yankees will be flying over. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

John Galsworthy He knew what the Karoo was now, even if he had not seen a Boer roll over like a rabbit, or heard the whine of flying bullets. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton Mrs. Spragg received the flying garment and smoothed it out on the bed. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

H. G. Wells Secretly the Central European power had gathered his flying machines together, and now he threw them as a giant might fling a handful of ten thousand knives over the low country. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Passed them, racing for more than life, flying with the speed of the wind. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

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]

John Stuart Mill To doubt that the same potency might be given by the same means to the principle of utility, even if it had no foundation in human nature, would be flying in the face of all experience. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Rudyard Kipling The sheep guards also had seen The Beast flying from us. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

H. G. Wells They rose steadily, steadily in the ghostly brilliance, and came trickling over their banks at last, behind the flying population of their valleys. The Star by H. G. Wells [1897]

Joseph Furphy The volume of flying dust was, of course, far from uniform in density; and presently I caught sight of the object again. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

On the Telephone Exchange, the starting-point of all the trouble, the Catalan national flag and the Anarchist flag were flying side by side. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

H. G. Wells In the spring of that year I had got to a flying machine that lacked nothing but longitudinal stability. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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]

G. K. Chesterton You must “be at ease in Zion” unless you are only paying it a flying visit. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

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]

Jack London She was a pretty sight, leaping and flying toward us, and evidently bound to pass at close range. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Abraham Merri Ranged directly in our path was a barricade of the cubes and upon them we were racing like a flying battering-ram. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

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]

The other athalebs went ahead, at long intervals apart, flying in a straight line, while ours was last. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Abraham Merri And in the water all kinds of fish and reptiles, flocks of ducks and geese and other birds flying about, and around the lake the tracks of animals. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins Far down the corridors rise visions of flying phantoms, ever at the same distance before us — their raving voices clanging like the hammers of a thousand forges. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Rudyard Kipling The roads carry neat little eighteen-inch trenches at their sides, admirably adapted to hold the flying wheel. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith Emilia listened attentively, replying with a flying glance to the squeeze of his hand. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

D. H. Lawrence Australian suit-cases were always flying open, and discharging groceries or a skinned rabbit or three bottles of beer. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Had she not lain so low, little more than her flying bridge being above the water, she would have put her elder sisters to shame, so exquisitely shaped was she. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Next process: he turned his gold into L. 500 notes, and came flying home with them. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

They then had the habit of assembling very early in the spring at particular spots, where they could be seen in flocks, chattering, sometimes fighting, bustling and flying about the trees. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

How shall I name you, immortal, mild, proud shadows? I only know that all we know comes from you, And that you come from Eden on flying feet. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Anna Katherine Green To safety? Yes, for two of them; the other, struck by a flying stone, fell in the road and was covered in a trice. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells Real, workable, flying machines. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Borrow If I am obliged to do it, I can pass off the veriest screw as a flying drummedary, for even when I was a child I had found out by various means what may be done with animals. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

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]

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]

D. H. Lawrence The spur of the officer caught in a tree-root, he went down backwards with a crash, the middle of his back thudding sickeningly against a sharp-edged tree-base, the pot flying away. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne It had not sufficed the prodigious inventor to create a flying machine, perfect as that was! He had planned to construct a machine which could conquer all the elements at once. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

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]

Jones went to the theater, danced, golfed and made brief cruises in the early spring, but an invitation to a flying meet was instantly and firmly declined. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

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]

George Meredith This little Emilia is a marvel of flying moods. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He spoke a few words to the assembled warriors, and in an instant the men were flying through the little village searching minutely every hut and corner within the palisades. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Abraham Merri Steadily the ebon rift expanded; spread suddenly wide open in two sharp-edged, flying wedges — Earth had dropped away. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells The flying — that’s just flying. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Andrew Lang And flying up to the roof — which, after all, was not very high above them — he set to work with his bill, and soon let a flood of sunshine into the dark place. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Once a great flight of some small water-birds went past me, flying very fast to the westwards. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

H. G. Wells I saw Bedford rushing down Chancery Lane, hat on the back of his head, coat tails flying out, en route for his public examination. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

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]

Willa Cather He was standing there under shelter, and his two friends were going back through that curtain of flying steel, toward the square from which the lost battalion had last reported. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

He was inclined to be sceptical as to the young lady’s flying leap into his arms. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

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]

Many men who lived two hundred miles away, and made a flying visit only once in three years, knew it a great deal better than the London-bred rake who had lived in the West-end all his days. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling It began with a grey sea, flying clouds, and a headwind that smote fifty knots off the day’s run. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

And then,” continued the Baroness, “as to skippings and flying leaps; I must ask Emily Dushford to take a part. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

H.P. Lovecraft Close flying shows many cave mouths, some unusually regular in outline, square or semicircular. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle We were not more than four boat’s-lengths behind them, both boats flying at a tremendous pace. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

First gates and flying half pennies, and now porches. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jan Neruda Nowhere were there any large ships — only two small craft flying the English flag sped along the shore. Vampire by Jan Neruda

But when its force was spent at last, and it died away in gusts and flying showers, it left flood and wreckage and desolation behind. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Sigmund Freud To the second group of typical dreams belong those in which one is flying or hovering, falling, swimming, etc. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Andrew Lang The courtier peeped into the ship, and, seeing what it was, instantly went back to the King and told him that it was a flying ship, and that it was manned by a few peasants. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The scene for a flying (see below, v. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

H. G. Wells Whack! We’d hit something, and I expected to be flying to bits right and left. Little Mother up the Morderberg by H. G. Wells [1910]

G. K. Chesterton He had to look as if he had come flying across Europe on the magic carpet, or fallen a moment before from his paradise in the moon. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

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

Great wipes he made, and at each stroke he said, “Take that!” The air was thick with flying fragments of abortive salad. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anton Chekhov A hawk, flying over him, fluttered its wings and flew like an arrow far away. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

William Godwin A flying bull next came with a hideous roar, so fierce that Beelzebub appeared to give way, and Faustus tumbled at once heels-over-head into the pit. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Miles Franklin He returned incredible distances to spend the nights at ‘Possum Gully. The surplus condition was knocked off those flying ponies. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Benjamin Disraeli When he saw that all was over, and the Allies triumphant, calling out ‘Germany for ever!’ he dashed against his former friends, and captured from the flying Gauls a hundred pieces of cannon. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Theodore Dreiser If only the flying train could be stopped, the terrible trick would be amended. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The rush of flying feet swept through between the walls, bearing me along. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

William Hazlitt Wits and philosophers, for the most part, do not shine in that character; and Sir John himself by no means comes off with flying colours. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

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

And here the flying rumour sped before, And magnified the deed from shore to shore. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

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]

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

George Meredith Lady Ilchester did us the favour to draw a sea-monster, an Andromeda, and a Perseus in the shape of a flying British hussar, for Julia’s valentine. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Eliot It’s ill guessing what the bats are flying after. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

On being raised up, he ordered his men to pursue the flying Maroons, requesting at the same time that he might be left where he had fallen, as he felt that he was mortally wounded. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Posterity may care to know that another and less agreeable feature of the present time was the quantity of stones that would come flying about in places which one would have thought were out of range. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

WIDE, frantic wings were beating on either side of him, and even in that desperate moment he realized that he must have grasped the flying monster at the instant it struck the aeroplane. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

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

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 Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

The snow had ceased, and the three-quarter moon, sailing along through swift flying clouds, showed me the surrounding houses. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Charles Dickens And this from me!” He had barely time to catch a bouquet from her hand, when the train was flying through the night. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

Henry James Crudely as they had calculated they were at first justified by the event: she was the little feathered shuttlecock they could fiercely keep flying between them. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson The house was perched on the top of the hill, and directly they sighted it they also saw Pin flying down, her sunbonnet on her neck. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope He was a colonel in the Northern volunteer army, and on entering Alexandria found a secession flag flying at the chief hotel. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells White pieced together his conception of the circles of disturbance that spread out from Benham’s pursuit of Prothero’s flying messenger. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

E. F. Benson And if you ask me what I think of Mistress Lucia’s adventure, ’twas a fine spunky thing to have gone flying down the Landgate Street at thirty miles an hour. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Mark Twain Rumors of war and bloodshed were flying every where. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Charles Dickens The wind is rushing after us, and the clouds are flying after us, and the moon is plunging after us, and the whole wild night is in pursuit of us; but, so far, we are pursued by nothing else. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George MacDonald The same moment North Wind dropt into the street and stood, only a tall lady, but with her hair flying up over the housetops. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

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

Truncheons 31 were seen flying out before the palace from the hand of many a knight. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Virginia Woolf There dwelt the things one might have felt, had there been cause; the perfect happiness of which here we taste the fragment; the beauty seen here in flying glimpses only. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

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

George Meredith When we feel its power we are immediately primitive creatures, flying anywhere in space, indifferent to nakedness. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was Lord Milhaven, I suppose, who was responsible for their marvelous staff work—their flying squad was a wonderful idea and wonderfully carried out—but Huitt was the man who had us beaten. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H.G. Wells The wonderful creatures flying through the aether saw them not as they stood there, flew through them as one might pass through a whisp of mist. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Jules Verne The hunters then rose, and using their sticks like scythes, they mowed down whole rows of these couroucous, who never thought of flying away, and stupidly allowed themselves to be knocked off. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Jack London Discovering his predicament, he set up a bull-roaring and dancing, till all had to back away to give him clear space for the flying ends of his plank. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Thomas Hardy There was another interval; Melbury still looked on, a chip from Winterborne’s hook occasionally flying against the waistcoat and legs of his visitor, who took no heed. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Jack London Back we held, two miles and more to windward of the struggling cockle-shell, when the flying jib was run down and the schooner hove to. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I remember turning round and seeing—what was it that I saw? The blaze of light seemed to have hidden so much; the white puff of smoke, the pain, the trees and sky flying round and round. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle But at that moment — she was about half a mile away — she turned her quarter, and there to my amazement was the red flag with the blue circle, our own beloved flag, flying from her peak. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

George Meredith That man Morsfield’s name mixed up with a sham Countess of Ormont, in the stories flying abroad, can’t hurt anybody. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Meredith Do you think they thought worse of him? I warrant you he came out of it in flying colours. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

She runs the rampires round amidst the war, Nor fears the flying darts; she rends her hair, And fills with loud laments the liquid air. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Wilkie Collins The dog had followed the person here who attends on me: and it startled the lady by flying out and barking at her as she passed this house. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jules Verne The night passed without inconvenience beneath a vast mass of bushy ferns, under which enormous bats, properly called flying foxes, were flapping about. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Abraham Merri The Smiting Thing rocked toward us, the metal tentacle straining out like a rigid, racing serpent, flying to cut between its weird mistress and those who menaced her. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Oscar Wilde At midnight the witches came flying through the air like bats. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

G. K. Chesterton The first is exactly what has sent us flying in this contraption. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

D. H. Lawrence And as in a dream the woman sat, feeling what a joy it was to float and move like a swan in the high air, flying upon the wings of her own spirit. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells At any cost those old inequalities must not return, said the adventurers of the dawning capitalist age, and, flying from one subjugation, they hurried on to another. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Rudyard Kipling They told me of the Home Government helping private trade, in kind and unobtrusive ways, to get a firmer hold on the Public Works Department contracts that are now flying abroad. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

All sorts of rumours were flying about. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Edith Wharton Her precipitate descent recalled the early winter morning when, as hastily, almost as unconsciously, she had descended those same stairs, flying from her husband’s house. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

The Cossacks were on horseback, the foot-soldiers with their arms shouldered, their colours flying in the air. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Bishops are our proper food; we send them to heaven on a sort of flying griffin, of which the back is an apoplexy, and the wings are puffs. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Anthony Trollope But as for his father, he doubted whether he could remain with his father without flying at his throat. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton Then motors had come in, and he had forsaken aquatic sports for the flying chariot. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

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]

D. H. Lawrence In the morning he attended to the guns, shot a rabbit and a wild duck that was flying high towards the wood. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

W. H. Hudson There are many of those great birds on the lake, and they go in flocks, and when they rise and travel across the water, flying low, their scarlet wings may be seen at a great distance. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nigel and Pommers were one flying missile, with all their weight and strength and energy centered on the steady end of the lance. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

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]

Strange that so fair a skin should cover so vile a heart!” Just then another fowl came flying up. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Madame now got credit for having acted on this occasion in a spirit of motherly partiality: she came off with flying colours; people liked her as a directress better than ever. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

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]

Nellie Bly The moment the silver flashed over the water all the bronze figures would disappear like flying fish, and looking down we would see a few ripples on the surface of the blue water-nothing more. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

D.H. Lawrence Breaking masses of mist went flying from cliff to cliff, and far away beyond the cliffs the western sky stood dimmed with gold. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence