Phrases with "handle"

The wood was of wonderful toughness, and Gourlay had been known to bet that no man could break the handle of his stick by a single grip over the crook and under it. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Guy de Maupassan And the pump handle hung motionless. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Wolfe Sees the worn handle, what it is, says: “Oh,” but knows it’s not right handle though most used: gets right handle right away and uses it. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

William Hope Hodgson I resumed my broken inspection of the big, bronze Goat god; and presently, as I turned it this way and that, I was aware that the handle of the door of the inner room was turning quietly. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

There must be room enough to handle the oars. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anthony Trollope It is he who has had leisure to shoot, to play cricket, to climb up mountains and to handle a racket, that can walk. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

And when Comrade Ossipon had made out the handle of the knife he turned away from the glazed door, and retched violently. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Andrew Lang Fathers, on such a rogue shut your doors: collectors, handle not his nefarious antiques. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Anne Bronte But this needed some apology — with a feeble attempt at a laugh, I said, ‘My hands are so benumbed with the cold that I can scarcely handle my knife and fork. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Theodore Dreiser They’ll handle the situation carefully. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

It was the handle of a dagger. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Thomas Hardy It was two-edged, so that he almost feared to handle it. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

I can’t handle that scum if there’s a friend mixed up in it. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

He bore a charmed life, and it was not only the handle to his name that saved him. Burmese Days by George Orwell

In spite of himself, this woman had made him a little nervous, and it was as much as he could do to find the handle of the key. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arnold Bennett It all depends how you handle him. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Virginia Woolf She seemed to have taken possession of Mary’s room, and to handle the cups as if they belonged to her. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

I’ll bring it down and you can handle it. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Guy de Maupassan Trémoulin again threw his spear, and when he pulled it up, I saw a great lump of red flesh which palpitated, moved, rolled and unrolled, long, strong, soft feelers round the handle of the trident. One Evening by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope If she don’t people will point at her, and think she’s a pauper, because she has a handle to her name. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Puddock stood in the wide opened door, with the handle in his hand. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I’d never set eyes upon it before I saw the handle protruding from Robson’s back just now. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Rudyard Kipling Now, I—’ he paused a little to let the words sink in —‘I handle the Flying Freight — e-leven cars worth just anything you please to mention. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Rudyard Kipling You’ll have to ride like Young Lochinvar. Horse comes round on his hind legs; refuses to let G. handle him. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

William Hope Hodgson We haven’t enough to handle her, if it comes on to blow. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Francis Bacon And if it be a work, we speak not now of such parts of learning as the imagination produceth, but of such sciences as handle and consider of the imagination. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Thomas Hardy He went into the corridor and listened at a door which he knew to be that of the drawing-room; there was no sound, and on turning the handle he found the room empty. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Baldwin Spencer The handle is rounded, with a knob in the middle. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells Then they began to think, talk and write about the social order with the energy of men accustomed to handle large affairs and work for immediate tangible results. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Gissing He turned the handle and entered. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Edith Wharton But that’s not the point — I was going to say that if you’ll let me handle this book as a genuine thing I’ll guarantee to make it go. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Lucy Maud Montgomery By your own admission you were the last person to handle it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Perhaps, having seen Drayton handle it without harm, he had lost this fear; or it might have been the natural heedlessness of his impulsive nature. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

At which I shuddered and groped about for the handle of the door. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes crouched back against the wall, and I did the same, my hand closing upon the handle of my revolver. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Madame Lerat showed Bibi-the-Smoker how to make a rose by rolling the handle of her knife between her bony fingers. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The handle was of silver, about three inches long, and represented the figure of some saint, bearded and robed. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle The carbines, swords, and bandoliers were eagerly pounced upon by the victors, some of whom had served in the militia, and knew well how to handle the weapons which they had won. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arnold Bennett There it was, to be made the best of! And that Darius could never handle business again, and that in about two years his doom would be accomplishedthese were basic facts, axiomatic. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Robert Browning What, a boy at his side, with the bloom of a lass, To help and handle my lord’s hour-glass! Didst ever behold so lithe a chine? His cheek hath laps like a fresh-singed swine. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

George Borrow Seizing it by the handle, he merely exclaimed in his transport, ‘I have it’; that was enough, however: down sank the kettle, though the handle remained in his grasp. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

E. Phillips Oppenheim He turned another handle and opened the door of a little sitting room. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Rafael Sabatini Here one rose to handle him, there another, but none seemed disposed to purchase. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

They laughed very much to see me afraid to handle a gun. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Vixen Lady was a dreadful beast to handle and was certainly one of the most risky mounts in the state. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

For he hath so long nails, that he may take nothing, ne handle nothing. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

I was just wondering how Mellinger was going to handle his crowd, when the home talent suddenly opened the services. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Walter Scott This unwieldy weapon could only be unsheathed by pulling the handle over the left shoulder — for no human arm was long enough to draw it in the usual manner. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Those chaps didn’t need to act, they just turned a handle and passed into another life, which came as naturally to them as the first. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Henry James Certainly he might look at it, handle it, take up the pieces. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

I pulled myself to my legs and staggering shakily along, turned the handle of the first door I came to. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

O’Hara found him to be a pleasant young fellow, ready to handle passengers with admirable impartiality. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Marjorie Bowen Careful not to allow a handle to any slanderer, not to trespass on the rigid rules of propriety, Lucille Debelleyme enjoyed this intricate and difficult game that she and M. du Boccage played. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

What were we who had strayed in here? Could we handle that dumb thing, or would it handle us? I felt how big, how confoundedly big, was that thing that couldn’t talk, and perhaps was deaf as well. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Slowly Mrs. Strain turned the handle of the door and walked through it into the room. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Thomas Wolfe I’ll handle ’em for you, all right. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hardy The landlady attempted to turn the handle of the door. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle My sympathies are with the criminals rather than with the victim, and I will not handle this case. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

James Joyce Little wells of tea lay here and there on the board, and a knife with a broken ivory handle was stuck through the pith of a ravaged turnover. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Concepts are universal, changeless, pure; their relations are eternal; they are spiritual, while the concrete particulars which they enable us to handle are corrupted by the flesh. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Slowly and very softly she turned the handle of the door and to her amazement, as she had expected to find it locked, the door opened. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Kenneth Grahame Harold accordingly had to be consoled by the employment of every specious fallacy and base-born trick known to those whose doom it is to handle children. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Arthur Conan Doyle I sprang to the door, but there was no handle upon the inner side. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Rudyard Kipling It’s too large to handle alone. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Only, I thought if you knew how to handle wire, I would get you to hold this end while I work with the other. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Fielding They were no sooner arrived there than he cry’d out, “Do but handle them! step in, friend! art welcome to handle them, whether dost buy or no. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle And if you’ve money, my son, and know how to handle it and spread it, you can do anything. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Halliday heard the thin sound of their voices reach him faintly, then settled down to handle his biplane in a masterly manner. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Arnold Bennett It would have impressed even Aunt Harriet. The handle was of gold, set with a circlet of opalines. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Charles Dickens It looked sullen and pig-headed enough, even then; carrying its handle with an air of defiance, and cocking its spout pertly and mockingly at Mrs. Peerybingle, as if it said, ‘I won’t boil. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Still I rode slowly, but I now adjusted the mirror on my handle bar so that I could take a much wider sweep of the track behind. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Arthur Machen You don’t turn the handle at all. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

E. Phillips Oppenheim She toyed for a moment with the jade handle of her parasol. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Henry James He found himself wanting to handle his fellow visitor in a sense other than the professional. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Walter Scott A long, broad, straight-shaped, double-edged falchion, with a handle formed like a cross, corresponded with a stout poniard on the other side. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

H. Rider Haggard Otter seized the handle of the windlass and began to wind. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Some attempt had evidently been made to withdraw the gimlet but the wooden handle had apparently come off, and the steel blade had been abandoned where it was. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Marjorie Bowen He felt the handle of the stiletto, and wondered why he had picked it up. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Guy de Maupassant What was he going to see? Mdme. Caravan, more courageous, turned the handle of the door and stepped forward into the room. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

She produced a cracked cup with the handle off and a notch in the rim. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

The handle of the door was grasped from without. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Arthur Conan Doyle The handle to his name may make him welcome in the camp, for from what I hear there is some dissatisfaction at the way in which the gentry stand aloof from the enterprise. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

This business has become too big for us to handle ourselves and so I’ve decided we must go to Scotland Yard and put down our cards. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

H.P. Lovecraft I did faint after emptying the fourth carboy, which I had to handle after the fumes had begun to penetrate my mask; but when I recovered I saw that the hole was emitting no fresh vapours. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Rudyard Kipling A good gunner — a private very often — has all four company-guns to handle through a week’s fight, acting for the time as the major. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She withdrew her arm from Cheshire’s to handle her cup and when she had finished she did not replace it. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

He’s got sores on his lip, but Hell! who cares? Drink near de handle an’ dere’s no harm done. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Willa Cather He’ll do anything for me except directly handle the patients. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He turned the handle and walked in. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

If you can’t carry or handle so many boats, then don’t cram quite so many people on board. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Ford Madox Ford It appeared that Tietjens might well be thankful that he had not been allowed to handle the P.R.I. funds. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

D. H. Lawrence She was almost ashamed to handle him; what right had she or anyone to lay hands on him; but her touch was humble on his body. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

It has a handle like that of a gimlet, with a claw like a hammer, to lift with, I suppose, which last contrivance I do not see figured in my books. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

But here thou canst not handle aught, neither make the folk ware of thee, not though thou shout thy throat hoarse. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

In many ways money is as dangerous to handle as gunpowder. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Arthur Machen The champion of the blushing cheek and the gushing eye showed that he too could handle the weapons of the enemy if he cared to trouble himself with such things. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Edith Wharton It’ll sell like a popular novel if you’ll let me handle it in the right way. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Gustave Flauber At her side stood an elderly female slave, who held over the girl’s head a kind of parasol with a handle made of long, slender reeds. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Imagine a hammer, one end of which had been beaten out into a longish tapering spike, with a handle something longer than usual. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Eliot He’s safe enough: one can handle him without cutting one’s self. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Marjorie Bowen Adrian leaned forward and struck the glass a violent blow with the handle of his dagger; it was hard, and resisted, but at a second blow shivered. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

It always does make a click as the door handle is not a gentle one to turn. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony felt feverishly at the door behind him, but he found no latch or handle — this was something more than the ordinary cottage and was consequently more hostile to strangers. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Each felt that he must see his treasure separate with the eye of flesh, handle it in the hard coin, mark it for his own, and stand forth to himself the approved owner. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

E. Phillips Oppenheim You see, you have to handle two different parts of the chain at the same time to make it work. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Andrew Lang In an instant the handle began to change into a head, and the spout into a tail, while the four paws appeared at the sides. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I was made a handle of humiliation to them. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

George Gissing To a certain extent, you see, it is a handicraft that any man may learn; if one can handle the tools, there’s always the incentive to work and produce. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

But it was impossible for Milton to handle the dry bones of a divinity compendium without stirring them into life. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One or two even tried the handle of the locked door. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Had I known that you had taken it, I would have repeated to you how deadly were the contents, and how dangerous it was to handle the vial or to let others handle it, much less to put it to the lips. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing The knock remained unanswered, and it appearing to the rector that the urgency of the case warranted a slight disregard of ceremony, he turned the handle and entered the house. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Of course, everything is too hot to handle just now. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Algernon Blackwood Dr. Silence realised in a flash that here was a case of absorbing interest that might require all his powers to handle properly. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

D. H. Lawrence It was enough to handle the new little limbs, the new little body, hear the new little voice crying in the stillness. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells But to handle the relation of the sexes truly needs a Jean Paul Richter, or a George Meredith. It is not to be done by desiring. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Every blow of the hammer fell upon a thick pad or cushion, and the saw was not used until the handle had been wrapped in wool, and the blade steeped in oil. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

A bigger door to the left of me, with a large brass handle looked as if it might lead into the Shipping Office. I tried it, setting my teeth. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Hope Then a door was flung open and clanged against the wall, and I heard the handle of a door savagely twisted. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

John Galsworthy Besides himself, only one boy, chosen for the quietness of his voice, hands, nerves, and temper, was allowed to handle her. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

A sheet of steel was next passed up to us — we were allowed to handle that and try to scratch it with a file. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Sinclair Lewis He dashed at the ladder up to the haymow, the lantern handle in his teeth and his imitation-leather satchel in one hand. Land by Sinclair Lewis

It seems he recognised two of Kitson’s Melbourne men, and that’s what made him so quick to handle his gun. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Henry Handel Richardson Having satisfied himself, he turned the handle of the door and went in. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle But you will permit me to handle the matter in my own way? Is the lady capable of seeing us, Watson?” “She is ill, but she is quite rational. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Anthony Trollope I wonder whether you’d cut a poor old woman like me, without a handle to her name. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Henry James Miss Armiger had just given her a glimpse of the way she could handle honest gentlemen as “ muffs. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Was there in his mind any mad impulse to force conclusions with that puny weapon? Dompierre worked his face into a fiercer expression and touched reassuringly the handle of his knife. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Will you obey?” Dain shook Nina off, and, making a sudden lunge, struck Almayer full in the chest with the handle of his kriss, keeping the point towards himself. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope But I can tell you this; — if between us we can manage to handle him rightly, you may get your seat in Parliament and I may get my wife; — that is, of course, if she will have me. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

He has found a charm that robs sin and crime of their deadly hurt, and can handle them without danger. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

She ran on, nothing deterred by this discourtesy, and knocked at the door with the handle of her whip. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Sinclair Lewis Lucrezia — they didn’t hate her because she did any poisoning, but because she could handle so many lovers. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Bethink ye, is it wise to gie sic a handle to them that wad bring ye doun? . Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Walter Scott A long two-edged straight sword, having a handle made of polished oak, hung down by his side. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Thereupon Madame Lerat was so frightened that she declared she no longer felt able to handle the matter and she told the whole business to her brother. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Theodore Dreiser He was asked if he would not handle certain stock transactions on ‘change. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle Yes, he was a queer guy and not too safe to handle — with a big think-box on the top, but a mouth like a rat-trap and a man-eating jaw. The Last Resource by Arthur Conan Doyle

The sooner they’re off the sooner you’ll handle the cash. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Another minute, and the handle was in two. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Jules Verne A handle was fixed to the first lump, and was used as a hammer to forge the second on a granite anvil, and thus they obtained a coarse but useful metal. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Theodore Dreiser So his treasurer was using money without his knowing it, and now stood in danger of being prosecuted! Cowperwood he knew of only indirectly, as one who had been engaged to handle city loan. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The other big room was the lieutenant's during his visits to Escampobar. Without even a rustle of her dress, like a shadow, she glided along the passage, turned the handle without noise and went in. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

D. H. Lawrence I’ve no use for a lot of people across a lot of miles of sea nudging me while I handle my knife and fork. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton He tried the handle and it opened. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle Take it out and handle it! See how swarthy it is, how squat, with how bullet-proof a cover of scaling leather. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

I went to the door, but it would not open; the brass handle refused to turn, so I took a bottle of milk and with all my force struck at it. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Sinclair Lewis I handle the Eastern territory. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

We will see, my dear monsieur, if you can handle a sword as skillfully as you can a dice box. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

And so far from it’s being a favour, just let me handle your statuary for the American market, and I’ll call it one of the smartest strokes of business in my life. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Whatever was there, in the tin box, was something that he kept where only he would be likely to handle it. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Then he was to know every corner of the North and every type of Northman. After that he was to have a first-class business education and learn how to handle big affairs. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Dr. Knox turned the handle of the door to enter, and found it fastened. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Another door faced him, and he knew that he had only to turn the handle and enter it. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

E. F. Benson I took a couple of steps forward, nearly tripping up over whatever it was that lay there, and by the merest good-luck found the handle of the door. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

H. G. Wells It was quite clean, and then he remembered that the door of his room had been open when he came down from his study, and that consequently he had not touched the handle at all. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

E. F. Benson The abandoned woman, disdaining the bell, turned the handle and pushed. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

He clambered on to the step, but the handle would not turn, and with a sharp pang of fear he felt the innkeeper’s grip on his arm. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

I have an excellent, safe boat—a ship’s life-boat—carry thirty, let alone three, and a child could handle her. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He hurried through the adjoining sitting room, and, scarcely pausing to knock at the inner door, turned the handle with a prayer in his heart. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

E. T. A. Hoffmann His poor boy’s axe, which was identified by certain distinctive marks, had been found with half-charred handle under the ruins of the house that had been burnt down. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. Phillips Oppenheim But,” he added, his hand upon the handle of the door, “you must be prepared for something unpleasant. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

He tried the handle and found that the door wasn’t locked. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Larose tried the handle of the door and it yielded to his touch. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

He tried the handle of the door, and it opened. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Is it not time to knock it off its dark shelf with some implement appropriate to its worth and status? With an old broom handle for instance. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Alcohol was a servant of the devil, and to tamper with it was to tamper with the evil one himself; touch not; taste not; handle not. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle I turned the handle and walked in. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Wilkie Collins It is the sound of a handle turning very softly in a door — in the only door that can be opened, the door of Mrs. Beauly’s room. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

In this costume she could handle a pair of sculls as freely as a waterman. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Baldwin Spencer By means of this notch a handle is formed. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

I can still recall my feeling as I saw the handle lying on the carpet — the feeling of having done an ill-bred clumsy thing, and ruined an expensive object. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Nathaniel Hawthorne Side by side with the massiveness of the Roman Past, all matters that we handle or dream of nowadays look evanescent and visionary alike. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

I picked it up — I saw the handle was notched in three places, and then —” “Then you suspected me. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Henry David Thoreau When I go into their wardrobes and handle their vestments, I am reminded of no grassy plains and flowery meads which they have frequented, but of dusty merchants’ exchanges and libraries rather. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

H. G. Wells One hand still grasped a copper implement with a handle of glass. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

With just another quick backward glance at the body, he left the shack and pulled the door to, as before, touching the handle as lightly as possible. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Then he turned the handle softly, and stepped into the drawing-room; it was a double room: he took two steps and was in the opening, and almost at Julia’s back. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

She went up in an aeroplane along with Vincent, since she is too silly to handle one herself. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

As it did so Forde struck aside Polwin’s grip and felt the handle of the knife slip warmly into his own fingers. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

But he didn’t; he tried the handle and then turned a key in the lock. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Marjorie Bowen He grasped the handle of the door that concealed his brother; it was in his mind to return to him. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

H. Rider Haggard Thou hast sinned, and that thou didst sin against thy will shall avail thee nothing, for of thy sin fate shall fashion a handle to the spear which pierces thee. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Henry James But she would look again and judge afresh; she would on the spot so handle and ponder that there shouldn’t be the shade of a mistake. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

He knew how to handle men, for if he had gone on pleading he would only have riled me, whereas he had somehow managed to leave it all to my honour, and thoroughly unsettle my mind. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle As I heard the scream of them past my ear my head went down like a diver, but our sergeant gave me a prod in the back with the handle of his halbert. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

And there’s a certain tentativeness’— Miss Harris, her parasol handle pressed against her lips, looked at me with an eagerness that was a pleasure to look at in itself. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Its handle is in the shape of a crescent with the horns uppermost, made of some white substance which is neither bone nor ivory. The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan [1927]

Guy de Maupassant And twenty times running I kept it up, soaking my feet afresh each time, and perspiring anew as I worked the handle of the pump. Old Mongilet (Le Père Mongilet) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Henry James The look of it was like a bell, of which the handle might have been in the young man’s soul: at a touch of the handle it rang with a loud, silver sound. The American by Henry James [1877]

Abby clung to the pump handle and sobbed aloud. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

H. G. Wells All power is for those who can handle wealth. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson The lamp of the cab threw a gleam upon the door and the not brilliant handle of the bell. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf She turned the handle of the public house door. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Most of his preparation has long been made; it only remains for him to connect up a short length to the window handle and a longer one at the other end to tap the live wire. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Henry Handel Richardson Only give ‘er a handle to ‘er name, and Amelia ‘ud be happy with any one. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins A sharp crack revealed the breaking of the bellwire, and was followed by the shrill fall of the iron handle on the pavement before the garden gate. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Baldwin Spencer Amongst the first group we find that, as a general rule, the wooden handle is more or less curved. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The elephant is killed with a new kind of spear, with a double-edged blade a yard long, and a handle which, weighted in any way most easy, is pear-shaped. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Certainly, there was no handle on the outside of the inner door, but it was not shut and only pushed to. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]