Phrases with "game"

If only those infernal guns kept silent he would play out the game in the sober, decorous way he loved. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Sir Walter Scott I knew the stake which I risked; we played the game boldly and the forfeit shall be paid manfully. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Willa Cather Crane was narrow, but he was straight; a man you could count on in the shifty game of college politics. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

There we had nobler game to follow — wildebeest and hartebeest, impala, and now and then a koodoo. Prester John by John Buchan

I see spears! — it is an immense cavalcade — five led horses! — this is no game for us. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Sigmund Freud Finally he awoke as he was playing a game of lotto. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Go to Poland with your son Henry if you wish to reign; I tell you you are wrong to play this kind of game here. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Conan Doyle He knew that his own game was up, and was only anxious to revenge himself upon me. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

They were evidently at their favourite game of making fun of the Bradford magnate’s folly. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It has been a game of wits between your owner and ourselves, I fear that the young lady,” he added, bowing to Susan, “has played the winning card. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Walter Scott Hold your peace, and don’t bother our game with your gammon, or I will make you as mute as your bedfellow. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

H. G. Wells They had played a peculiar in-and-out game of social relationship. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry James It was a game like another, and Mrs. Wix’s visit was clearly the first move in it. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Bronislaw Malinowski Statements.—Among the Kurnai918 the hunter who killed a big piece of game gave some of it to the men who assisted him in killing, cooking or carving. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Daniel Defoe He laughed, and said if I had but good luck, it was no matter whether I understood the game or no; but I should not leave off. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

George Meredith Lady, I am content To play with you the game of Sentiment, And with you enter on paths perilous; But if across your beauty I throw light, To make it threefold, it must be all mine. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Anthony Trollope It was considered that Jack must still make another 500 before the game would be won. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Paine Had there been a house of farmers, there had been no game laws; or a house of merchants and manufacturers, the taxes had neither been so unequal nor so excessive. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

There was another game we had when the toads were spawning. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Assuming a detached tone, I wondered how on earth he had managed to spot the little underhand game that had been going on. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

George might come in to see if he would fancy a game of battledore and shuttle-cock, or the cook might step up with a little cake, or the butler himself might bring him a comic paper. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anthony Trollope At twelve the boys went out for an hour before their dinner, and Lord Carstairs asked him to play a game of rackets. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Florence Dixie The Indians had very recently passed over all the ground we were now crossing, and, as usual, had swept away any game there might have been there. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

She had heard the history of that fatal game at hide-and-seek, and how Rena had discovered Linda fast asleep on a bed in one of the rooms in the deserted stable. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope That’s the best game always. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith He won’t go against the game laws for them, and he won’t cut down army and navy. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Also, we had to make our ten, fifteen, or it might be twenty miles to the next spike, where the game would begin anew. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Rugby in my opinion is not a game for Christians. It’s fair savagery. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Directly the meal was over, Larose linked his arm in mine and, leading me into the smoking-room, suggested a game of chess. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Anthony Trollope Not to have a good place in a run was no worse to him than to lose a game of billiards or a rubber of whist. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jack London I talked the matter over with him; and the game Adam Strang played, and which I taught Oppenheimer, proved quite similar to the Japanese game. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

And so when Uncle Dick found us playing the tea-party game he played another game about the flying halfpenny. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Almost his last words to me were to come back hell-for-leather if I saw the game was hopeless, and in any case to leave as soon as I got any news. Prester John by John Buchan

Arnold Bennett Imagine her trying to influence Ingpen’s housekeeping, to worry the man — she the guest and he the host! What would she say if anybody played the same game on her? . These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

He looked round at Larose. “You’re a very fine player, sir, and it’s been a pleasure to have a game with you. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

G. K. Chesterton And the doom of failure that lies on all human systems does not in real fact affect them any more than the worms of the inevitable grave affect a children’s game in a meadow. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Guy de Maupassan He looked around at these people who were now chatting again, and said to himself: “They are making game of me. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence Ridden by this pseudo-handsome ghoul of outward loyalty, inward treachery, in a game of betrayal, betrayal, betrayal. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Kingsley But please to remember, Major, that you yourself lost two tricks in hearts, in the first game of the second rubber. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

H. G. Wells I want you to play the game of life with me as an honest woman should. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Sunnis, however, play the game with plain pieces like drafts, though Persians and Indians are not so scrupulous. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Benjamin Disraeli The members of the country corporations will play the game of a London party, to secure their factitious local importance and obtain the consequent results of their opportune services. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

Ford Madox Ford In the silence the voices of men talking over the game of House came as a murmur to them. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

E. F. Benson There she would be, with a comrade-like eagerness for companionship, and there was a glass of port and a cup of coffee and a cigarette and a game of piquet. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

E. F. Benson Let’s have a game of picquet. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

Geoffrey Chaucer Now telle on, gentil Roger, by thy name, But yet I pray thee, be nat wroth for game, A man may seye ful sooth in game and pley. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Leon Trotsky The game was won, although my heart was beating like the spleen of the horse. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim I don’t want to play any game seriously. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Andrew Lang At another school he may regard dislike of the manly game of football as the sin with which “heaven heads the count of crimes. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Ivan Turgenev Are you going?’ ‘It is late,’ observed Sanin. ‘And you want to rest after your journey, and your game of “fools” with my husband. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

The good people of Adelaide were making quite a game of anyone with a big nose, and with small boys it was now the custom to follow excitedly after anyone so endowed. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Walter Scott The two young men ordered a broiled bone, Madeira negus, and a pack of cards, and commenced a game at picquet. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But the sergeant returned to Constantine, and before going to bed — this time in the spare room — played a game of cribbage with Madam Noy, the farmer smoking sulkily in his arm-chair. The Haunted Dragoon by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Rudyard Kipling He seemed rather afraid of dying (it’s no game for a middle-aged man, of course) and he hoisted himself up on one elbow and began calling me a murderer. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

John Galsworthy This was going to be a game of bluff. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is, however, a game at which two may play. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Walter Scott Kings do not love to court and sue; they should have their game run down for them. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

From his pocket he had taken a pack of Patience cards and had begun to play the game called the Double Napoleon. He seemed to be oblivious of the conversation. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope It suited Mrs. Carbuncle very well to remain at Portray. It was no longer necessary that she should carry Lucinda about in search of game to be run down. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton He was as lazy as ever; he didn’t so much mind travelling, provided they went to places where he could have a game of cards; but he didn’t care to go round with new people. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Gaston Leroux There is always time, once the game is caught, to say whether it is a hare or a wild boar. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Katherine Mansfield It’s a fool’s game to risk your all that way and leave the nation desolate. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Bronislaw Malinowski With the exception, perhaps, of the summary statements of Mrs. Parker, J. B. Gribble and Wilhelmi, all the others speak clearly of communism in game only. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

It was not very wrong to go there, and if the Prince did go and smoke a few cigars and have a game at bouillotte, it was not a very great crime. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

This little literary essay I hold in my hands means a game of Fox-inthe-Morning. Ever play that, Frank, when you was a kid?” “I think so,” said Goodwin, laughing. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Anna Katherine Green Suddenly hard upon a rattling peal which seemed to unite heaven and earth, I heard shouted out: “Half-past two! The game stops at three. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Edith Wharton He had the sound Saxon love of games, and the most interesting game he had ever been taught was “business. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Jules Verne What plans were laid for next season! The entire fauna of the Arctic regions would scarcely supply game enough for these enterprising hunters. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

To reach the front door from my study means a journey of eighteen paces, and the hall is long and wide enough for a game of badminton. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

What I fear is, that, as he must be aware that I recognised him, he may derive the impression that the game is up, and then they will take to flight. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Edith Wharton Finally she suggested that they should all play a game together — a quiet writing game she thought would be interesting. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Anthony Trollope Then he had left her, and she had been sure that for him that early game of love was a game altogether played out. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

And to obtaining this money might be traced the motive for dosing Lady Jenkins. Once let her intellect become clear, her will reassert itself, and the game would be stopped. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Gertrude Stein And on the way home in playing some game she lost the leather medal. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Sinclair Lewis When he first appeared publicly at Tonawanda, in a foursome with T. J. Rigg and two most respectable doctors, he and his game were watched and commended. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy I believe one has to play the game — but that’s ethics. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry Handel Richardson People had gone up, gone down — had changed places like children at a game of General Post. More than one of Mahony’s acquaintances had burnt his fingers. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson You have been sometimes tempted to withdraw entirely from this game of life; as a man who makes nothing but misses withdraws from that less dangerous one of billiards. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli The atmosphere was hot, to be sure, but it well became such a Hell. There they sat, in total, in positive forgetfulness of everything but the hot game they were hunting down. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was Tarzan of the Apes who watched, with face a-grin, this odd game of follow-the-leader. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

As for me, I play my game squarely, fairly, and above board, as I always do. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Robert Louis Stevenson That was the game of female life, and she played it frankly. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

After this they reposed until evening in some shady spot, when fresh roots and fish or game being provided, they partook of another meal, seldom taking more than two daily. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Guy de Maupassant This game was considered delightful. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

He fancied she was trembling, and it occurred to him that she had her part perhaps in that little game that was to be sprung on his old man to-morrow. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Sinclair Lewis Ah, smugness! That is the enemy!” Apparently he recovered from Miss Gwilliam. He was seen arguing with the ship’s doctor about sutures in Negro skulls, and he invented a game of deck cricket. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

G. K. Chesterton It was part of that grim game that he should find it first. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope The young lord had been always courteous to him in the field, and he had been able, as he thought, to requite such courtesy by little attentions in the way of game preserving. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Everything was in order and going forward; except the game itself, which has not yet been invented. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Meredith Any step his Fair Enemy won in the secret game Pull between them, she was undisputedly to keep. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim America is not the country in which one would choose to live, but it has its resources—it can give you big game and charming women. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Have I any right to turn tail because he plays his game from the outset with trumps? No, I’ve a small trump somewhere about me to lay on this trick. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

It was essentially as a game that religious controversy appealed to him — the most absorbing game ever invented, because it goes on for ever and because just a little cheating is allowed. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling He could not quite see what new turn the game had taken, but stood resolute to profit by it. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

One feature of the sports of the blacks is that they play their game for the sake of the game, not to gain the plaudits of an idle crowd or in expectation of reward. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

E. Phillips Oppenheim Was he already making up his mind that the game could be played without her? She was puzzled—a little uneasy. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Jack London He lurked in the forest, avoiding discovery and robbing the snares at the rare intervals when game was caught. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Richard Burton Such a game at naughty children, I have seldom seen played even by Oriental men. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

James Joyce Someone gave the toast of the yacht The Belle of Newport and then someone proposed one great game for a finish. Dubliners by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope Why do you tell me that I had gone there to play some game with Captain De Baron?” “Bagatelle.” “Bagatelle, or anything else! It isn’t true. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle I’ve chased a good deal of game in my time, but there’s no chase like that of a pretty woman. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

They were from Swatow to London, and it was noted that he was drinking heavily ashore, and he continued the game throughout the voyage. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Thomas Hardy In short, here the game was succeeding which with herself had failed. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

John Lewis Burckhard The game of chess is common at Derr; and that called Beyadh is also frequently played. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Aunt Selina had Mr. Hale and Mr. Clancy and Mrs. Herne to their usual game of whist. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

You see I had no evidence to connect him with I.D.B., and besides I fancied that his real game was something bigger than that; so I just bided my time and watched. Prester John by John Buchan

The game went on, until, looking at his watch, Larose saw it was nearly six o’clock. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Jules Verne In less than half an hour the hunters had all the game they required. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Theodore Dreiser What a game he had been playing, and what a silly she had been not to see it. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald Fifty years before old Jem Doldrum and old Jem Tantrum had quarrelled in the Tantrum cabin over a game of slapjack. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Oure Host then lowh and swoor, “So moot I goon, This goth right wel; unbokeled is the male; Let se now who schal telle another tale; For trewely this game is wel bygonne. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Jules Verne The game constituted the only dish at supper; the meat was excellent, and Pencroft and Herbert, whose long excursion had rendered them very hungry, devoured it with infinite satisfaction. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Let it be a game of billiards, for instance, which the marker is going to teach us. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

George Gissing Neither had ever been in the other’s house, but they had long met, once a week or so, at the Liberal Club, where it was their habit to play together a game of draughts. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

Theodore Dreiser The game of a desperate man had begun. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Also there was a game pie, likewise an ice. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Arthur Morrison Seeing that the game was finished, Dorrington laughed at both the cousins and turned his attention to his next case. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Faye’s car was gone and so were the game chickens. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

George Gissing But now that Mrs. Carnaby is looking up—you see?—she’s going to play Mrs. Carnaby’s game at your expense. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anna Katherine Green Wine, lights, solitude in which to finish our game and a roaring good opportunity to sleep afterwards. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

She knew that he had been counter-plotted and beaten ignominiously in that deadly game which he had played so boldly. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jack London It was early in the days of his persecution that he played his first really big crafty game and got there from his first taste of revenge. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

There was a ridiculous suggestion of deer-stalking about the game which tickled me and dispelled my uneasiness. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Sampson liked a game of cards: he could play, yet talk chronothermalism, as the fair can knit babies’ shoes and imbibe the poetasters of the day. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope A head of game and foxes can be reared together very well, if — . Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Accident! Not it! The game was up, sir, I tell you. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Abraham Merri The part that was Leif Langdon answered that there was nothing else to do but continue as I had been doing, that it was the game to play, the line to take, the only way. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

He’s the best game bird that flies in the bush. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Benjamin Disraeli If you like to have a game of ecarté with St. George, well and good; but as for quarrelling the whole evening about some blundering lie of Salvinski’s, it really is too much. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Rudyard Kipling He played a very fair game at billiards, and was a sound man at the whist-table. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Those fellows will game and booze till daylight. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Anthony Hope If he were caught, the best he could hope would be to lie in the lockup while Rupert played his game unmolested. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

As before, there was no game till we approached the springs; yet tufts and scatters of tamarisks, Samur (Inga unguis) and Arák (Salvadora), looked capable of sheltering it. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle This is just eight hundred dollars that I put to one side for this same little game that I spoke of. The Lonely Hampshire Cottage by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Prince’s game ended, the ladies rose to go into the supper-room. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

E. Phillips Oppenheim I played the game that was worth playing and it nearly came off. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

George Gissing And what’ll Allchin say! Why, he’ll think I’m having a game with him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George Meredith It ‘s on the heads of those women—silly women! I can’t see the game Mrs. Lawrence Finchley’s playing. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

The game isn’t good enough for any policeman of them all. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Frances Hodgson Burnett There was also a game in a little box which could be easily carried under his arm. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Wilkie Collins I shall have quite enough to do in going on with my book, and trying to keep master Mad–Cap in order while you play,” replied Mrs. Blyth. The game began. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Alphonse Daudet For a sample, there’s the muezzin’s game with you. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

He read and smoked a bit, and made a heap of jottings in a note-book, and every night we had a game of chess, at which he beat me hollow. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

D. H. Lawrence They had both a certain afterthought, knowing dimly that the game was but a game, and that they were the helpless leaders in the game. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Proposing in effect to stand out of war and make the game impossible. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

My interest was excited, there was a game to play and something to be done. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

The whole party are on their way to Tacubaya, to join Santa Anna! The game is nearly up now. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle As impassive as ever to the casual observer, there were none the less a subdued eagerness and suggestion of tension in his brightened eyes and brisker manner which assured me that the game was afoot. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Moreas was now crouching behind a rock, as if he were anxious that the game he was pursuing, and which Max could not see, should not become aware of his presence. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

But, when the necessity arose, they knew where the game birds were and how to get them. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

I am pledged to play a game of cards with Don Matteo. “Give up your game, and listen to me,” he said imploringly. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

The game was utterly and absolutely over. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling I am not Norman, Sir Richard, nor Saxon, Sir Hugh. English am I.” ‘“Saxon, Norman, or English,” said Hugh, “our lives are thine, however the game goes. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Ivan Turgenev The host and the visitor both adjourned to the drawing-room, the waiter brought in the cards, and the game began, not — of course, for money. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Robert Louis Stevenson See how late they were! Never had there been such a job as coming up that grade! Nor often, I suspect, such a game of poker as that before they started. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James She has inherited the fine old superstition that art’s pardonable only so long as it’s bad — so long as it’s done at odd hours, for a little distraction, like a game of tennis or of whist. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

When he went down into the Lastra to sit and take a sup of wine, and play a game at dominoes as other men did, none were glad to see him. Signa by Ouida

Arthur Machen They had brought down rackets and balls, in the vague idea that they might be able to get a game somehow and somewhere, and my contribution was warmly welcomed. Change by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells If he finds his blessed Empire is losing the game, or to put it more exactly, if he finds the game is evaporating away from his blessed Empire, then there must be cheating. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Henry Adams They were all hardened mountaineers and surveyors who took everything for granted, and spared each other the most wearisome bore of English and Scotch life, the stories of the big game they killed. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Geoffrey Chaucer But be nat wrooth, my lord, for that I pleye, Ful ofte in game a sooth I have herd seye. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Anthony Trollope To do all this thoroughly was in my heart from first to last; but I do not know that the game has been worth the candle. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Even when the spectators don’t intervene physically they try to influence the game by cheering their own side and “rattling” opposing players with boos and insults. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The game went on merrily till the pearly lights of dawn began to creep through the chinks of Lady Kirkbank’s yellow curtain. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells But the politicians and diplomatists played their time-honoured game against each other with a sort of terrified inevitability. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Benjamin Disraeli If you be poachers, our master is engaged, and ye may slay all the game in the forest (another hiccup); but if ye be good men and true — ” “We are!” halloed Essper, eagerly. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Anthony Trollope Let him make what orations he might against the Fixed Period, all Gladstonopolis would follow him if he won this game of cricket for them. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He knew that his wife was having a game of pleasant play, like a child with a pleasant play-fellow. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

The game was set then, and her play was so skilful that Art was hard put to counter her moves. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Richard Burton The Hijazi Badawin have no game of chance, and dare not, I am told, ferment the juice of the Daum palm, as proximity to Aden has taught the wild men of Al-Yaman.44 Their music is in a rude state. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

One of his discussions with Charpentier on the subject was overheard in the Café of the Palais Royal by Jules Sandeau’s cousin, who happened to be playing a game of billiards there. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

H. G. Wells The Neandertalers thought the little children of men fair game and pleasant eating. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

Anthony Trollope All was fair game that came in the way of his net. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf Listening for a moment, she heard a sound which decided her, apparently, not to enter; her uncle, Sir Francis, was playing his nightly game of whist; it appeared probable that he was losing. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

William Makepeace Thackeray I played my game so well, thanks to the information that my friend the lawyer had given me, that in a month I had got the widow to show a most decided partiality for me. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

D. H. Lawrence Having come home in the train with Newton, he called and had a game of billiards with him in the Moon and Stars. If he gave to Miriam the excuse of his men friends, he felt quite justified. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis So long as he had had a refuge in talking to Terry, he had not been too irritated by well-dressed nonentities, and for a time he had enjoyed the dramatic game of making Nice People accept him. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Their methods of cooking kangaroo, emu, wombat, wallaby and other large game are to me unequalled in bringing out the flavour. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Have you been up to the same game with my friends?” He glanced at Archie, trying to avoid the sight of Alison’s bowed head. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Edith Wharton It was more as if he had been buffeted in a crowd and had the wind knocked out of him, as he had on the day when he and Upton fought their way to the Crans’ car after the ball game . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

I bet the fellow can neither smoke, ride, nor play a game at billiards. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Theodore Dreiser We did that for him — drove the game right into his bag. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

We have seen no other native game here than ducks and pigeons. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope And had he not already told himself that it was a game that he should never have attempted to play? “We will leave this house if you please, both of us, at eleven. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Football is, and always has been, the national game of Scotland among those who affect violent exercise, while golf takes its place with the more sedately inclined. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

T. E. Lawrence They saw clearly that the game was up: yet it was a stormy meeting. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Willa Cather The gamblers met in Trueman’s place because a game that went on there was respectable, was a social game, no matter how much money changed hands. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The wise skeptic wishes to have a near view of the best game and the chief players; what is best in the planet; art and nature, places and events; but mainly men. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

I had often played a game of chess with him. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

The Bank of England, for example, is the ideal crib; but that would need half a dozen of us with years to give to the job; and meanwhile Reuben Rosenthall is high enough game for you and me. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Finally, thinking the game had gone on quite long enough, he threw all the rest of the coins at the same time, and the gypsy and his wife roared with laughter at the fierce scramble which ensued. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

But in the early period, when the revolutionary parties seemed to have the game in their hands, this was impossible. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Anthony Trollope Phineas told himself that that game was also open to him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis I guess I better just get into the teaching game and hand out the correct-speech guff, like my prof thinks I had ought to. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray Let us have a game at cards — at ecarte, if you please. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Leo Tolstoy In the evening his brother arranged a game of whist. My Dream by Leo Tolstoy

R. D. Blackmore But you promise not to play another game now?” “My dear, I will promise that with pleasure. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Virginia Woolf No one seizes more deftly the shades and shadows of the social comedy; no one more amusingly hits off the comedy of luncheon and tea party and a game of tennis at the rectory. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Robert Louis Stevenson There is no use pretending; even the thrice royal game of hide and seek has somehow lost in zest. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe This game is simple, and is played with marbles. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe