Phrases with "force"

It was not long before a force was despatched to their assistance, and the enemy retired, having lost thirty men in that short encounter. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Henry James You are conspiring together to kill me!” Rowland tried to soothe her, to remonstrate, to persuade her that it was equally cruel and unwise to try to force matters. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Courage being a force will not masquerade in the robes of affected delicacy and restraint. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Guy de Maupassan He permitted her to go, because it was against his principles to force matters. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

T. E. Lawrence A brigade would hardly hold it and would be quite unable to detach a force to prevent a Turkish column slipping past it inland. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Caroline Lamb Attempt not by force to oppose yourselves to my passage. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

It required some force of character to lay his pistols down; but, on a sudden impulse, General D’Hubert did this very gently — one on each side of him. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

H.P. Lovecraft Nevertheless the stony silence continued, and when we thought of the delirious force the wind must have had in his locality we could not help making the more direful conjectures. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Victor Hugo When we lean to the worst side of our nature, instead of strengthening our better qualities, the moral force which has been preserving the balance gives way, and down we go. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

But all the force is not suppressed by an iron plate, but it is in some measure diverted aside. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Jean-Jacques Rousseau For, if force creates right, the effect changes with the cause: every force that is greater than the first succeeds to its right. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

From these sources the two captains succeeded in mustering about one hundred and sixty men, making altogether a very inadequate force for the conquest of an empire. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Oscar Wilde Perhaps some night he might find him creeping upstairs and trying to force the door of the room. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Edith Wharton To know that others were indifferent to what she had thought important was to cheapen all present pleasure and turn the whole force of her desires in a new direction. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

To force some of these was his first care. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Thomas More But if the natives refuse to conform themselves to their laws, they drive them out of those bounds which they mark out for themselves, and use force if they resist. Utopia by Thomas More

Far from the confusion of a panic-struck mob, so common among barbarians, the Tlascalan force moved off the ground with all the order of a well-disciplined army. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Maria Edgeworth The belief in what the French call la force du sang was suited to her affectionate temper and ardent imagination, and it had taken full possession of her mind. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is, at times, some little incident of by-play, or momentary hesitation of countenance, that gives its whole character and force to a situation. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

The right of conquest necessarily implies that of using whatever force may be necessary for overcoming resistance to the assertion of that right. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

It happens to the most resolute of men to find himself at grips not only with unknown forces, but with a well-known force the real might of which he had not understood. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Robert Green Ingersoll If this is so, then you have matter, force and effect without a being superior to nature. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Meredith Neighing within, at either’s flank they licked; Played on a moment’s force At courtship, withering to the crazy nod. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

Whatever takes me out of myself is salutary; society bores me, but it tears me by force from the vain reverie whose winding staircase I ascend and descend, with bent head and folded arms. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Robert Louis Stevenson The burn kept growing both in force and volume; at every leap it fell with heavier plunges and span more widely in the pool. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James They continue to go about unmarried — from the force of habit, from the love of movement, without hopes, without regrets. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Thomas Paine Their existence depends upon it, because the force of America, when collected, is sufficient to swallow their present army up. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Jules Verne Fortunately the accumulation of snow round the walls broke the force of the squall, and Mac-Nabs only fear was for the chimneys, which were liable to be blown over. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

John Morley His pleading turns constantly to arguments from feeling; but it is always to feeling on one side, and to a sensibility that is only alive to the consecrated force of historic associations. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Mark Twain An efficient police force will be on hand to preserve order and keep the wild beasts from leaping the railings and discommoding the audience. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Tobias Smolle In order to break the force of clanship, administration has always practised the political maxim, Divide et impera. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Jeremy Bentham In a work of the expository kind, the laws that are in question may either be such as are still in force at the time when the book is writing, or such as have ceased to be in force. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

In the literary world, the International Copyright, which some expect will be in force in three months. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

George Eliot Baldassarre felt the indestructible independent force of a supreme emotion, which knows no terror, and asks for no motive, which is itself an ever-burning motive, consuming all other desire. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

It flew open from the force of the impact. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

If it please God to touch his heart, and give force to my words, well; but, if not, He will show us some other remedy. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

The force of the south-west wind is here broken by the front ranges, and on these it often leaves its rain or snow, while we are quite exempt from either. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had put his entire force of negroes at their disposal, guaranteed to supply them with any materials that the world could offer, and left them to work out some ideas of their own. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Then, whoever it was, had thrown all his force against him with the intention of sending him crashing down into the hall below. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Marcel Prous A force de boire du Champagne avec eux, je commençai à éprouver un peu de l’ivresse que je ressentais à Rivebelle, probablement pas tout à fait la même. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

But he did not force them upon our notice, nor urge us to read them, and I think this was very well. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

The force at his disposal was small, but it was mobile. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins But I had no happy time to look back at, no past peace of mind to force itself into contrast with my present anxiety and suspense — and I held firm to my resolution through it all. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Thomas Hardy The spell that she had thrown over him in the moonlight dance made it impossible for a man having no strong puritanic force within him to keep away altogether. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope She could not force herself to tell such a lie! And yet there was her settled purpose still strong in her mind. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He must come now, she must force him from his privacy, for the plank was too heavy for her single strength; so she tapped upon the open door. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Jules Verne Tantôt, je vais chasser au milieu de cet élément qui paraît être inaccessible à l’homme, et je force le gibier qui gîte dans mes forêts sous-marines. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Jules Verne La seconde, c’est que la force de rotation, nulle au pôle, étant très marquée à l’équateur, les objets ont là une tendance à s’écarter de la terre; ils y sont donc moins pesants. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Francis Bacon For whatever displays the form too conspicuously and seems to force it on the notice of the understanding should be held suspect, and recourse be had to a rigid and careful exclusion. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

He who would assist a lord of men in harmony with the Way will not assert his mastery in the kingdom by force of arms. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

D. H. Lawrence And she tried to force her mind to the contemplation of the new state of things, when she banged at the piano to a set of dithering and boring pictures. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce The verses passed from his lips and the inarticulate cries and the unspoken brutal words rushed forth from his brain to force a passage. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Meanwhile the Bolsheviki had been undermining the power of the Vikzhel. An appeal of the Petrograd Soviet to all railway workers called upon them to force the Vikzhel to surrender its powers. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

H. G. Wells It lingers on after that with diminishing force simply because there is nothing else to blot it out and get rid of it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope Making such allowance and deduction from the force of these words as the slang expression requires, we may say that John Eustace was right. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, suddenly springing to his feet, he beat his head against the wall with such force that we both rushed upon him and tore him away to the centre of the room. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing I found her alarmingly weak, but, as usual, she insisted on hearing the news of the town, and something I was able to tell her acted with more restorative force than any drug in the pharmacopaeia. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a magnificent blow, straight, clean, crisp, with the force of the loins and the back behind it. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Sigmund Freud The motive force which the dream required had to be provided by a wish; it was the business of the worry to get hold of a wish to act as the motive force of the dream. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

I missed my aim, but struck him full in the mouth with such force that most of his front teeth were dislodged, and the point of the spear-head passed out under his jaw, at the ear. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He could not decide what character they should have, but he was able to force them out, or retard them, by the exercise of his volition. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

When his son fell insensible and ceased to breathe, he for the first time realized the force of the blows he had dealt. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

Aphra Behn I just now heard what was decreed against you in Council, which no pleading, nor eloquence of friendship had force enough to evade. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

Abraham Merri I do think it is supernormal; energized by a force unknown to modern science — but that doesn’t mean I think it outside the radius of science. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling The forward cylinder was depending on that unknown force men call the pertinacity of materials, which now and then balances that other heartbreaking power, the perversity of inanimate things. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

This explanation supplies us with the force that is necessary to drive the air with the great velocity with which it moves in whirlstorms. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

We must take things easily and not try to force the pace. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Sir Walter Scott Favoured by the night, one large body of dismounted dragoons attempted to force the enclosures, while another, equally strong, strove to penetrate by the highroad. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Anthony Trollope But it must ever be wrong to force a girl into a marriage with a man she does not love — and certainly the more so when there is another whom she does love. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Solitude and reflection are necessary to give to wishes the force of passions, and to enable the imagination to enlarge the object, and make it the most desirable. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

It is the God-sent form of trust in the magic force and inspiration belonging to the life of this earth. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Charles Dickens He pleaded “the force of habit. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

H. G. Wells Waste of force on what is after all a personal and minor issue. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Clough had not, perhaps, the practical force of Sterling, but his work is of a higher order than any of the fragments of the earlier favourite. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

By force may none win the maid, of this have I been well assured; but wilt thou ride with warriors unto this land, and we still have aught of friends, they shall be summoned soon. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Anatole France A sensible man does not pride himself on acting according to the rules in force at the Châtelet and at the gaol. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Henry Adams Any schoolboy could see that man as a force must be measured by motion, from a fixed point. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Edgar Allan Poe I grew frantically mad, and struggled to force myself upward against the sweep of the fearful scimitar. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald They were driving to the country for dinner and she determined to force the issue that night. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

The theoretical garrison is one regiment of the line, a squadron of cavalry, and two companies of artillery with three-pounders; the real force is of some 800 men, mostly convicts. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Olaf Stapledon Not only did they control the Reich’s main source of power, but also a large part of the mercantile marine and Imperial Navy. The huge sea-plane force was also mainly on their side. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Frederick Marryat You must do your best, if they attempt to force an entrance; but above all, promise me not to leave them till I return. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

H. Rider Haggard Nor could the dwarf’s blows, which were not of the softest, force him to rise. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

In moving a cask of Madeira I struck it with considerable force against the partition wall, and was surprised to observe that it displaced two large square stones forming a part of the wall. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

We were at a bare rock, and had the rain lasted with the same force for only a minute, we could have given our horses a drink upon the spot, but as it was we got none. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Meredith Oft has he been riven; slain Is no force in Westermain. Wait, and we shall forge him curbs, Put his fangs to uses, tame, Teach him, quick as cunning herbs, How to cure him sick and lame. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Benjamin Disraeli He was the man from whose combined force and flexibility of character the country had confidence that in all their councils there would be no lack of courage, yet tempered with adroit discretion. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

The force of the wind was greater than I had ever felt it before; but darkness, cold, and wet are the worst parts of a storm, to a sailor. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Jules Verne Les hommes, projetés par la force centrifuge aux deux bouts de la plate-forme, durent se retenir. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

William Dampier But all the arguments I could use were not of force sufficient to convince them that there was a large river so near us, but they would land somewhere, they neither did know how, where, nor when. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

R. D. Blackmore How many men was you shooting at?” “The force under my command was in pursuit of one notorious criminal — that well-known villain, Robin Lyth.” “Captain, your duty is to do your duty. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Nathaniel Hawthorne As regards this sort of training, much of its good or ill effect depends on the natural force and depth of the man. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope Word was brought to him that nothing but force could take Lady Eustace from her bedchamber; and that force used to that effect might take her out dead, but certainly not alive. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells After that age the binding force of parent to child and vice versa is not instinct, but affection, convenience, habit, and tradition. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

To what scorned purpose must I plot against him? Pity of Witchland, of Witchland sliding as then into the pit of adverse luck, ’twas that made force upon me. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

The force of the explosion had flung them to distances of hundreds of yards. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Elizabeth Gaskell I intend to force myself to take another situation when I can get one, though I HATE and ABHOR the very thoughts of governess-ship. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

T. E. Lawrence Nasir’s force with difficulty regained the tents at Jefer. This plateau about Maan lay between three and five thousand feet above sea level, open to all winds from north and east. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Horace Walpole But should he command it; can a father enjoin a cursed act? I was contracted to the son, can I wed the father? No, madam, no; force should not drag me to Manfred’s hated bed. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Then we’ll force him to fulfill his bargain and cart for us at six. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Jeremy Bentham The general and standing bias of every man’s nature is, therefore, towards that side to which the force of the social motives would determine him to adhere. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Bram Stoker This disciplinary inspection lasts by force of habit until another stage on the journey towards puberty has been reached. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

There seemed to be no force left in my limbs. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Andrew Lang He woke very early, and as he saw Omar sleeping quietly, with a happy smile on his face, a wish arose in his mind to take by force or by cunning the things which an unkind fate had denied him. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins When you left me after your last visit, I suppose I felt the force of example. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Sir Walter Scott Nay, if the gentle spirit of moving words Can no way change you to a milder form, I’ll woo you, like a soldier, at arms’ end, And love you ‘gainst the nature of love, force you. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Margaret Oliphant Will this be enough?” In the bitter force of his ridicule and dislike, Walter held out the piece of paper as one holds a sweetmeat to a child. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. G. Wells Men were travelling about so much faster and flashing their communications instantly about the world because a progressive conquest of force and substance was going on. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Twice he had gone to Washington and argued cases before the highest tribunal with such acute logic and learning that the silken gowns on the bench had rustled from the force of it. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H. Rider Haggard Doubling his fist, he struck the giant in the face with such force that Xavier fell headlong to the ground, dragging Juanna after him. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

John Morley The first curiosity had languished in the course of the long delay, but it was revived in its strongest force when the book itself appeared. Burke by John Morley [1879]

I need not be ashamed to own, that I wish these laws were in force in other parts of the world. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

In future trust to me, I pray you, to repel those who would force their unwelcome attentions upon me in the green-room, or endeavour to make their way into my dressing-room. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

I now perceived that the dog had slunk into an angle of the wall, and was pressing himself close against it, as if literally striving to force his way into it. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

When you have force in one form, you may just turn it into this or that, as you like. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Edward Bellamy Surely it was the sheerest waste to force upon people what they did not want, but what might be useful to another. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

She had called to one of the servants for help and they had tried in vain to force brandy down his throat. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells To force their way into the torrent of people, my brother plunged into the traffic and held back a cab horse, while she drove the pony across its head. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

He hardly wished or expected to make the acquaintance of any of them, but one figure attracted his attention so often, that at last, by the sheer force of sympathy, he took a seat behind it. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Willa Cather They introduced the greater-than-man force which afterward repeatedly brought into this war the effect of unforeseeable natural disaster, like tidal waves, earthquakes, or the eruption of volcanoes. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry James She had none of the portentous forms of it, but he had never come in contact, it struck him, with a force brought to so fine a head. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Rafael Sabatini On her shoulder he observed, in his swift, comprehensive glance, a man’s lean brown hand endeavouring to force her back into the chaise. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Marcel Prous Sa force est dans sa permanence. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

Francis Bacon So man, when he resteth and assureth himself, upon divine protection and favor, gathered a force and faith, which human nature in itself could not obtain. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

George Gissing By force of resolve he even got on to it, and reached a good position with the firm he worked for. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I shall just leave the bolt as it is, and they would not dare to force the door; it would make too much noise, and they would be caught at it; they’re not so silly as that, never fear. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

G. K. Chesterton Hell, indeed, is not out of the picture; for it is a sin of injustice to force an advantage against the desperate. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Thomas Hobbes The source of every crime is some defect of the understanding, or some error in reasoning, or some sudden force of the passions. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Edgar Rice Burroughs Jane knew that it was useless again to attempt to force her way through the undergrowth. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The boat stood nearly up and down in the water, and the sea, rolling from under her, let her fall upon the water with a force which seemed almost to stave her bottom in. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

This swaying movement was certainly due to the movement of the lower internodes, which, however, had not force sufficient to swing the whole shoot round the central supporting stick. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells No force used out of sight ever. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Even the necessity for an entirely new outfit did not appeal to his imagination with the force that might have been expected. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

No one, however, could drive home better the logic of hard facts, and he impressed juries by the impelling force of his arguments. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Virginia Woolf The force of her rage was beginning to spend itself, and the vision of the world which had been so vivid became dim. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

This news my scouts confirm, and I prepare To foil his cunning, and his force to dare; With chosen foot his passage to forelay, And place an ambush in the winding way. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

But as the full force of the stench enveloped them, Miss Weston stopped dead, so that Jones almost collided with her in the narrow path. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

George Gissing It cannot supply him with a force greater than he is born to; even as the happiest concurrence of healthful circumstances cannot give more strength to a physical constitution than its origin warrants. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

By force of the unity or singleness of the individual, the aptitudes, animus, and interests comprised in the first-named range belong together as expressions of a given variant of human nature. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The requirement of vicarious consumption at the hands of the wife continues in force even at a lower point in the pecuniary scale than the requirement of vicarious leisure. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Marcel Prous Mme de Marsantes n’avait pas eu la force de regretter longtemps son père et sa mère, mais pour rien au monde elle n’eût porté de couleurs dans le mois qui suivait la mort d’un cousin. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Margaret Oliphant The force of the shock, and instant recovery by which he kept her back and helped her to descend with precaution, brought heavy drops of exhaustion and pain to his forehead. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Gertrude Stein The season gliding and the torn hangings receiving mending all this shows an example, it shows the force of sacrifice and likeness and disaster and a reason. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

George Meredith He seized them, and dashed them to the ground with the force of madness. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anatole France Il faut que vous me donniez la force de les vaincre. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Robert Green Ingersoll If therefore, matter and force have existed from eternity, so has motion. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

I found her pretty; prettier, perhaps, than any woman it had ever been my lot to meet before, but with a doll’s prettiness that bespoke but little dignity or force of mind. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells But never had he had such occasion to appreciate the force and tenacity of Sir Bussy’s will. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Algernon Blackwood The force with which it drew him brought hesitation. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes knocked without receiving any answer, and then tried to turn the handle and force it open. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

William Makepeace Thackeray A man cannot be a successful agent by the mere force of his simple merit or genius in eating and drinking. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

Andrew Lang But the cumulative force of the testimony strikes us as not inconsiderable, and it must be remembered that the testimony has not yet been assiduously collected. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence Miss Pinnegar had the second class of girls in the Sunday School, and she took second, subservient place in Manchester House. By force of nature, Miss Frost took first place. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

He set his shoulder against it with such force that it gave way. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle The guns were unlimbered and grape poured into them, while our little infantry force advanced at the double, shooting and stabbing all whom they overtook. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Rafael Sabatini He took so great a force upon an expedition for which a quarter of the men would have sufficed so as to ensure by overwhelming numbers the avoidance of all unnecessary violence. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Edgar Rice Burroughs The brute tried to force an entrance; but presently this ceased, and again she heard the great pads creeping stealthily around the cabin. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Anthony Trollope But even in England we are changing all this now-a-days, and by a liberal use of the hot-water pipes of competition are in a way to force our fruit into the market as early as any other people. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

The sick-nurse was there, in the shape of Fate, ready to use brute force if I rebelled. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

This aspect of abandonment struck Peyrol with more force than usual. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Olaf Stapledon These privileged individuals were able to force the masses to work for them on pain of starvation. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dickens We shall have time to get down there before they can force an entry. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Bruno was like a sheep; he followed mechanically; dull with the ghastly fear of what had happened to the boy, and the vaguer personal terror of the unknown force to which he had to trust. Signa by Ouida

Jules Verne Mais mieux vaut ne revenir à Tampoo qu’en force et bien armé, cette fois. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

The action was repressed; the extraordinary quiescence, more hopeless because more resigned than any sign of pain or of passion, returned either by force of self-control or by the stupor of despair. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Anthony Trollope There was no taint of hypocrisy in her character; but yet, with the force of human disappointment heavy upon her, her heart was now hot with human anger, and mutinous with human resolves. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Essex, with Raleigh and Lord Thomas Howard under him, was to take the fleet and a powerful armed force to Ferrol, and destroy all that he found there. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Anatole France Je découvre sur le tard que c’est une grande force que de ne pas comprendre. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Weepest thou still, fond fool? I will not force thee, sweet. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Robert Louis Stevenson Or if he did, if his gratitude were in default, I have the power to force him. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith They never condescend to supplicate brute force for aid to crush their opponents. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Hence my despair; for neither force nor art Can wound her bosom, nor extract the dart That rankles here, while proudly she defies The power that makes a captive world his prize. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

Walter Scott Those gentlemen of the countrey that came not with mee, were of the same minde; for they knew (or thought at least), that my force was not sufficient to withstand the furey of the outlawes. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Catice raised his hand, and after holding the flint poised for a moment, brought it down with adroitness and force upon the left-hand probe. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Aphra Behn But you have made your attack with so ill conduct, that I shall find force enough without more aids to repulse you. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

How he managed to force his voice through that shining barrier I could never understand. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H. G. Wells Over it all hummed a plane from which an officer was directing the movements of an unobtrusive but numerous police force by wireless. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Ann Radcliffe She generally took with her a book, that if she perceived her thoughts inclined to fix on the one object of her grief, she might force them to a subject less dangerous to her peace. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Thomas Hardy What? Would you compel me to use physical force to reclaim you?’ ‘I don’t want to return!’ again declared Laura. ‘It is your duty to return nevertheless, and at once, I inform you. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

But those formal forces pass out and are united to one another by meeting together; a force also, when conceived in the iron, begins to flow out without delay. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Richard Hakluy All along the coast lie very high mountains, covered with snow, except in such places where, through the steepness of the mountains, of force it must needs fall. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Gustave Flauber From force of habit, he emitted a raucous cry, which excited them; they pranced about, impatient at their confinement and longing to run. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Anthony Trollope I have no wish to force myself upon you, and if you do not wish to be gracious down at Ascot, then let there be an end of it. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arnold Bennett As for his getting up, she swore she would keep him in bed by force if necessary. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Charles Dickens Among others —’ and here he clenched his teeth, as if he would suppress by force some violent words that rose upon his tongue; and spoke very slowly. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

Jules Verne Soutenu par une force surhumaine, il se sentait en outre guidé par un extraordinaire instinct qui ne pouvait le tromper. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

Henry James Her sympathy, her interest, her feeling for everything for which Mrs. Gereth felt, were a force that really worked to prolong the deadlock. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing The meeting would be full by this; they would already be drawing ill conclusions from Mutimer’s absence Faster, faster! Every moment lost increased the force of prejudice against him. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell At present physical force is all they look up to; and I have none. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

George Gissing Young still, to be sure; at twenty-nine it is too early to abandon ambitions which are supported by force of brain and of will. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Roxana suppressed her rage till the fifth act, when, stabbing Statira, she aimed the blow with such force as to pierce through her stays, and inflict a severe though not dangerous wound. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Jules Verne What was needed was a strong, manageable raft, that would resist the force of the waves during a passage of nine miles. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Olaf Stapledon In our work upon the First Men we have concentrated our main force in your own crucial age. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy She fixed her eyes upon Elfride with an expression whose force it was impossible to doubt, but the meaning of which was not clear; then upon the carriage they had left. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anna Katherine Green With a force and earnestness which recalled the court-room he replied: “Madam, your hopes and wishes have misled you. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Gaston Leroux Now that we know that Erik is not a ghost, one can speak to him and force him to answer!” Christine shook her head. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle Absorbed in the interplay of their own emotions they had lost sight of a force stronger than themselves — a force which might at any moment dominate the scene. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

Bronislaw Malinowski As long as the woman was young, her husband tried obviously by all means to keep her, and would display all his personal force and social influence to frustrate any attempt at abduction. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle The untimely visitor must either have used considerable violence in order to force his way in, or he must have obtained possession of the keys. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]