Phrases with "implying"

What could the thieves be seeking? “Shall you call in the police now, ma’am?” asked Cattledon, her tone implying that they ought to have been called in before. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

George Meredith That question of hers, ‘What are you going to do with me?’ implying such helplessness and trust, was still sharp on his nerves. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Edith Wharton Was he implying that they were ridiculing their mother? They weren’t, they were only admiring her in their own way, which had always been humorous and half-parental. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Leslie Stephen This, according to Johnson, was mere conceit, implying an exaggerated estimate of your importance to your entertainer. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Maria Edgeworth Really manly men always are so; and so she observed to Lady Cecilia. Lady Katrine heard the observation, and smiled — her odious smile — implying more than words could say. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Willa Cather But are you implying that if Crane and I had developed Tom’s discovery, we might have kept Rosie and her money in the family, for ourselves?” Kathleen threw up her head. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

By the learned Dr. Dolabelly Gak it is believed to have been a term of satisfaction, implying the highest possible degree of mental tranquillity. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Jules Verne The days were extremely short, the sun was only above the horizon for a few hours and the actual winter, implying entire confinement within doors, was about to commence. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing Think of our common phrases, such as ‘choice of a wife’; think of the perfectly sound advice given by sage elders to the young who are thinking of marriage, implying deliberation, care. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James He had told her the pink were for herself and the yellow one for Mrs. Beale, implying in an interesting way that these were the natural divisions in France of literature for the young and for the old. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Charles Dickens If Vendale had been over head and ears in love before — a phrase not to be taken as implying the faintest doubt about it — this dinner plunged him down in love ten thousand fathoms deep. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Elizabeth Gaskell But never let me hear any one say a word against her, implying any more serious imputation than that she now needs the counsel of some kind and gentle woman. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

I shook my head as implying a negative. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope His own record has been taken sometimes as meaning what it has not meant — and sometimes as implying much more that the writer intended. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

As if anybody could lie quietly in bed with London burning!” added Papillon, her tone implying that a great city in flames was a kind of entertainment that could not be too highly appreciated. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The term species thus comes to be a mere useless abstraction, implying and assuming a separate act of creation. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

He had had an experience of moderately dirty weather — the term dirty as applied to the weather implying only moderate discomfort to the seaman. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

John Galsworthy Soames just touched her hand, nodded, as if implying approval of the baby, and came walking back, but, in a mirror, Michael saw his lips quivering. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

George Meredith Some vowed that Mr. George had referred all questions implying a difference between himself and Mel to their mutual fists for decision. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Jeremy Bentham This observation extends to all offences implying violation of trust, and abuse of confidence or power, public or private. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

The last paragraph incidentally touches upon the fact that everyday speech can scarcely be employed in discussing this class of aptitudes and activities without implying deprecation or apology. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Virginia Woolf The thought, implying his bondage to her, irritated him acutely. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Horace Walpole Manfred, casting a stern look at Jerome, implying a command of silence, pretended that on Conrad’s death he had placed her in sanctuary until he could determine how to dispose of her. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Margaret Oliphant It has been usual to consider them in one particular light as implying the closest union and mutual devotion. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

I am implying that different classes must be persuaded to act together without, for the moment, being asked to drop their class-differences. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Andrew Lang Visions, possibly telepathic or clairvoyant, implying acquirement of knowledge by supernormal means. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

James Anthony Froude So far as we yet know, morality rests upon a sense of obligation; and obligation has no meaning except as implying a Divine command, without which it would cease to be. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson In the first riotous joy of possession, Maurice had been conscious of the change in her as of something inexpressibly sweet and tender, implying a boundless faith in him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arnold Bennett Clara breathed a disillusioned “Oh!” implying that she had known there must be some flaw in the scheme — and her husband had at once put his finger on it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

G. K. Chesterton For the great poets of England, from Chaucer to Dryden, had a trick that has since been lost, the trick of implying the nature of a scene without apparently even attempting to describe it. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

It was currently remarked that the cow had kicked the farm to pieces — a rude metaphor, implying that the land was not properly cultivated, nor the buildings and fences kept in adequate repair. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Charles Dickens So. There’s a lad named Kit —’ Miss Sally nodded, implying that she knew of him. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

That meant that he was going to lock the door again soon, implying of course an empty house. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Jane Austen She could not contemplate the change as implying less. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

John Stuart Mill Poverty, in any sense implying suffering, may be completely extinguished by the wisdom of society, combined with the good sense and providence of individuals. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then she flounced over to the dog, kissed it with ecstasy, and swept into the kitchen, implying that a dozen chefs awaited her orders there. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

T. E. Lawrence Consequently discipline, with its concomitant ‘smartness’ (a suspect word implying superficial restraint and pain) was invented to take its place. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The virtue of patience, implying constant equanimity under persecution, and excluding hatred and revenge. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

Washington Irving Nil te quæsiveris extra,” implying that his reputation rendered him independent of outward show. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

E. Phillips Oppenheim To cover my departure, I admit that I told a falsehood to Sir Humphrey. I left a note behind implying that a telegram had reached me, recalling me to London to attend an urgent case. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Leslie Stephen Dinner, let us observe in passing, had not then so much as now the character of a solemn religious rite, implying a formal invitation. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

He might in that case have written more books, but the very loss of these, implying as it does his pure love of country, is an acquisition much more positively valuable. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Eliot Able pens (according to a familiar metaphor) appeared to shake their heads good-humouredly, implying that Ganymede’s crudities were pardonable in one so exceedingly young. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Baldwin Spencer In speaking of these as geometrical designs we use the term only in reference to the present form of the design, and not at all as implying that they are merely geometrical figures. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

It is a species of quietism, implying either complete unbelief or else a degree of belief amounting to mysticism. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]