Phrases with "grunt"

A mild, middle-aged Burman came by, balancing a huge bamboo, which he shifted from one shoulder to the other with a grunt as he passed Ellis. Ellis’s grip tightened on his stick. Burmese Days by George Orwell

T. H. Huxley The cry he utters resembles a grunt more than a growl, and is similar to the cry of the Chimpanzee, when irritated, but vastly louder. Essays by T. H. Huxley

It was considered fashionable to grunt when the hammer came in contact with the stone, and under cover of this mock exclamation of fatigue, it was convenient to launch an oath. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Abraham Merri The Russian gave a grunt of satisfaction at this, dropped a little more of the liquid, and then, watching closely, grunted again and leaned back. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling You’ve heard me grunt lately?’ ‘Even so; but grunts mean anything in your language, from bad ‘baccy to wicked dealers. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Walter Scott It becomes him not to compromise and barter, or to grunt life under the forfeiture of liberty. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

James Joyce And when he had heard his voice say it he added: — You don’t want anything for breakfast? A sleepy soft grunt answered: — Mn. No. She didn’t want anything. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Rudyard Kipling Other shots followed and a few took effect, as a shriek or a grunt attested. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Rudyard Kipling Ugly cargo-steamers that the initiated call ‘Geordie tramps’ grunt and bellow at the beautiful hills all round, and the pot-bellied British India liners wallow down the reaches. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

R. D. Blackmore With a grunt of reluctance he awoke to business, swam for his boat, and embarking Mr. Mordacks, pulled him across the placid bay to the cave where his forces were assembled. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry James It wasn’t that he seemed to thirst for justice; on the contrary I hadn’t yet caught in his talk the faintest grunt of a grudge — a note for which my young experience had already given me an ear. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

But she did not say another word, and after a moment he put his own arms about her with a grunt and held her tightly. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Olaf Stapledon There comes a point when the disputants merely, so to speak, grunt louder and louder at each other. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

With her a grunt was significant of surprise. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle For a few minutes there was a constant swish of the leaves, and then with a grunt of satisfaction he came upon what he sought. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

The secretary, in sign of approval, emitted a grunt of astonishing ferocity, as if proposing to himself to eat the local people. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Jack London There was a grunt from Weedon Scott’s bunk, and a stir of blankets. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Robert Burns Irvine side,90 Irvine side, Wi’ your turkey-cock pride, Of manhood but sum’ is your share, Ye’ve the figure ’tis true, Even your faes will allow, And your friends they dae grunt you nae mair. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Jack London Isn’t that so, Kerfoot?” Kerfoot, thus directly addressed, was startled into dropping his knife on the floor, though he managed to grunt affirmation. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

He climbed into her lap and settled himself down with a grunt of contentment. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Someone, somewhere — perhaps her father behind her — grunted a little, and the grunt seemed to her as if it were wrung from a being in profound pain. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Rudyard Kipling Muldoon never answered, but discoursed to himself in the whining grunt that he uses when he is going down-hill in front of a heavy load. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Edith Wharton He gave a little inarticulate grunt before his voice came back to him. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Charles Kingsley Mark gave a grunt of approbation: Mary turned pale as death. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

A grunt and a succession of volcanic sneezes told him that the King was awake. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Then some sense must have told it of my presence, for it turned and with a grunt made its way back. Prester John by John Buchan

With respect to the origin of the habit, von Fischer remarks that his monkeys like to have their naked hinder ends patted or stroked, and that they then grunt with pleasure. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Thomas Wolfe So long’s I can hit ’em, maybe they’ll keep sendin’ me out there till all the other players has to grunt every time ole Bras goes after a ground ball!” He laughed. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, at least you are better than that herd of swine in Vienna, whose gregarious grunt is, however, not more offensive than the isolated effort of the British hog. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Dr. Farnham was in the parlor waiting for me, and uttered a grunt of satisfaction as he saw me enter, fully equipped. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

U Po Kyin waddled to the table, sat down with a grunt and at once threw himself on the food. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Lucinda’s horse came down on all four legs, with a grunt and a groan, and she knew that she had bustled him. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She undid her manuscript on the desk, and flattened it down all over with her great fat hand, rolling her head about as she looked around, and then gave a grunt before she began. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

It was merely a well-cut and well-made dress coat; so with a grunt of dissatisfaction Mr. Gorby threw it aside, and picked up the waistcoat. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

The only sound now was one like the gentle simmer of a saucepan away to port — the lisp of surf I knew it to be-and the muffled grunt of the rowlocks. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

He was a fierce one, who fought with the iron, annoyed at finding it so hard, and he even gave a grunt whenever he thought he had planted a fierce stroke. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Arthur Morrison Josh Perrott did no more than grunt at the guess, but it gave a new light to Dicky. Clearly that would account for Grinder’s change. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

They received me with a grunt of welcome, and bade my captors remove the gag from my mouth. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

H. G. Wells This deepened into a rhythm: chink, chink, chink — twenty-five chinks — a rap on the writing-table, and a grunt from the owner of the stout legs. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins Shrowl saluted the distinguished characters with a grunt of Gothic disapprobation, and carried them off to keep the atlas company against the wall. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

H. G. Wells The monster gave a grunt of surprise. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Rudyard Kipling As she lit the match that would burn her heart to ashes, she heard a groan or a grunt behind the dense Portugal laurels. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

R. D. Blackmore You are not a native of this place, and knew nothing of Flamborough before you came here?” Monument Joe gave a grunt at this, and a long squirt of tobacco juice. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

She heard a grunt from the driver and the cab began to roll again. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. Rider Haggard Then, with a grunt of rage, that Baresark who was behind Skallagrim came out like a she-bear robbed of her whelps, and ran straight at Eric, sword aloft. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

As the bass gained in power and began to dominate the treble, he heard Papa Gingo grunt with pleasure. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Nellie Bly Before the day was over I had a sick headache, all from thinking too much about the comfort of the Chinamen. A disagreeable thing about the coolies is that they grunt like pigs when carrying one. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle With a grunt of satisfaction Saxon resumed possession of his lost property, and leading her by the bridle, approached the door of the solitary cottage. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Richard Burton And so we jogged on, now walking, then trotting, till the dromedaries began to grunt with fatigue, and the Arabs clamoured for a halt. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

H. G. Wells His air of masterful expectation evaporated and with a grunt he sat down in the chair Gemini had placed for him, sprawling out arms and legs in a manner suggestive of protest, impatience and obduracy. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Rudyard Kipling Two holes, I think, you said? A little more expression, please, and don’t grunt quite so much, or Painted Jaguar may hear us. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

No one took the trouble to grunt even; and presently he said, very slow —“I was thinking of very old times, when the Romans first came here, nineteen hundred years ago — the other day . Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

When addressed directly his only answer would be a grunt or a hoot, according to the distance. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

I could not restrain a grunt of surprise. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

It looked far more imposing than the channel; but Davies, after a rapid scrutiny, treated it to a grunt of contempt. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Walter Besant Carry back your thoughts to — grunt — to time when all mankind fed upon imperfectly cooked steak. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

When I had finished, he tried the key several times, first with the drawer open and then with it closed, finally locking the drawer and pocketing the key with a grunt of satisfaction. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Charles Kingsley A volley of sparks flew up from the hapless Spaniard’s armor, and a grunt issued from within it, which proved that, whether he was killed or not, the blow had not improved his respiration. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Algernon Blackwood Flame began suddenly uttering sounds of pleasure, that “something” between a growl and a grunt that dogs make upon being restored to their master’s confidence. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Charles Kingsley Eh, Pelicans?” There was a grunt of approbation from the Pelicans; and Amyas returned to the charge. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Henry James The parson had given a grunt as he looked at her over his spectacles. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Tod gave a grunt of displeasure. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

James Joyce With a geing groan grunt and a croak click cluck. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins The strange creature looked back again straight between the pony’s ears, emitted hoarsely a grunt of relief, and never more looked at me, never more spoke to me, for the rest of the journey. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Rudyard Kipling I heard him grunt and chuckle — I heard him pass to his den. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Fifteen candidates at least passed in review before Mr. Benjamin Burrage that morning, and were dismissed with a grunt of disapproval, with the curt but emphatic sentence “that they wouldn’t do. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Mr Verloc, after a grunt of disapproving surprise, returned to the sofa. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

H. G. Wells So, not I! I am against the Food, with all my strength and purpose against the Food.” He turned on his companion’s grunt of dissent. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

George Meredith To hear this ridiculous boy Harry Jocelyn grunt under my nose when he has led me unsuspectingly away from company—Harriet! dearest! He thinks it a sigh! But there is no time for laughing. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

It was the turn of Lieut. Feraud to recoil, with a blood-curdling grunt of baffled rage. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And all the critics will groan and grunt about “Dear old Pinafore.” And I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Thomas gave a deprecating little grunt of a laugh. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

A. E. W. Mason General Feversham ran over his envelopes with a quick eye, selected one letter, and gave a grunt of satisfaction. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Jack London I saw the levelled revolver hesitate, then sink down, and heard the disgusted grunt of the policeman. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

George Meredith You can’t get them to grunt more than is exactly agreeable to them. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

The grunt of the human hog (Pignoramus intolerabilis) with an audible memory. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There he paused for a moment until his eyes became accustomed to the sun, and then seeing the girl under the awning he uttered a long even grunt of disapproval. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald