Phrases with "improvised"

Margaret Oliphant He left them discussing the question, and climbed up by a rude stair which had been half improvised from the ruined projections of the masonry, to the crumbling battlements above. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Darts are also improvised from blady grass by two other methods, each a prototype of the spear and wommera. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

But, although they were screened as well as they could be under an improvised awning, the wounded men suffered terribly. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Henry James He thus, to pursue our image, planted his supports in the dimness beneath all cursing, and on the platform so improvised was able, in his relief, to dance. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Willa Cather She was young and pretty, and she had worn turned gowns and soiled gloves and improvised hats all her life. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There were bottles of every description upon the improvised shelves. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

At the noise Felton made in entering, Milady leaped lightly to the ground, and tried to conceal behind her the improvised cord she held in her hand. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Jules Verne They had made the upper quarter of Omsk a kind of citadel, and hitherto they held out well in this species of improvised “kreml,” but without much hope of the promised succor. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

H. G. Wells See?” I was shorter and I suppose a couple of years younger than he, but I had the improvised club in my pocket gripped ready, and I would have fought with him very cheerfully. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells The invaders of Germany and Yugo-Slavia remained upon enemy territory, but neutral zones were improvised and there was a cessation of hostilities. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

James Joyce In a few minutes the train drew up beside an improvised wooden platform. Dubliners by James Joyce

Guy de Maupassant They entered the dining-room, and in a few minutes they all sat down to an improvised dinner. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

George Meredith And he had the art of throwing his heart into that bit of improvised game, or he would never have got hold of Bobby, shrewd to read a masker. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Once more I burned my improvised candle, and read all through the night till the morning, so that my eyes began to hurt me a little. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Theodore Dreiser There was a cozy grate-fire burning in Butler’s improvised private office when Cowperwood called. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton A relation like that can’t be improvised in a day. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

This withdrawal meant a switch, and a switch isn’t a pretty thing when it has to be improvised in the middle of a battle. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells I am fully alive to the injustice my appearance did humanity, and if by any expedient I could have improvised something a little out of the way and imposing I would have done so. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

The improvised divan was arranged in a wide semi-circle, of which the point most distant from the fire — some ten yards — was also the nearest to Lakamba’s dwelling. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

H. G. Wells Gemini tried to relieve the strain by chanting an improvised oratorio. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

They had even improvised a party for his special benefit. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

We could hear Ralph in the next room, humming over an old Irish melody, with an improvised accompaniment. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli Mr. and Mrs. Gamme were also there and gave immense dinners, and the airy Mrs. Hooghley, who laughed a little at the Gammes’ substantial gatherings and herself improvised charming pic-nics. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Edgar Rice Burroughs In the front room were the three men; the two older deep in argument, while the younger, tilted back against the wall on an improvised stool, was deeply engrossed in reading one of Tarzan’s books. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The rum barrel was filled with water, and water bags were improvised out of portions of the intestines of the goats. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Jumping upon the bench, he waved his improvised torch as near to the ceiling as he could reach, causing dense clouds of acrid-smelling smoke to fly against the stones. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

When I came to myself again I was lying on a pile of fibre sails under the shelter of an improvised awning. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson They ended it with an improvised lunch at the Kaiserpark; and it remained imprinted on their minds as an unexpected patch of colour, in an unending row of grey days, given up to duty. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James This simply reduced me to asking myself if the girl had on the spot improvised an engagement — vamped up an old one or dashed off a new — in order to arrive at the satisfaction she desired. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Edith Wharton Before him, rank on rank, the packed heads of the “Seekers” stretched up to an improvised platform, with wax lights and a table covered with old brocade. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

The improvised switch went, and more and more of the forward zone disappeared. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

They waded waist-deep in the grass, in a compact body, bearing an improvised stretcher in their midst. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Jules Verne However, Lord Glenarvan was not satisfied with admiring the fairy-like wonders of this oasis, improvised in the Australian desert. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Athos was a great seigneur compared with such nobles as the king improvised by touching with his artificial scepter the parched-up trunks of the heraldic trees of the province. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

By-and-by he improvised a lamp, which he kept on the slab. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

H. G. Wells He indicated an improvised mortuary among the wreckage showed ambulances swarming like cheese-mites along a ruinous groove that had once been a street of moving ways. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

D. H. Lawrence And so many pleasant little bungalows set there in an improvised road, wide and weary — and then the effort had lapsed. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The spree of getting up together, the wet sponge throwing, the snatches of improvised doggerel, had lost their sparkle. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Imprisoned in an improvised hutch, well padded and bedded with blady grass, the pigling forgot its brief experience of freedom, finding consolation in a diet of coco-nut milk. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

George Eliot The fiery resolve to resist invasion, though with an improvised array of pitchforks, is felt to be virtuous, and to be worthy of a historic people. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Andrew Lang The cipher of Marie Antoinette adorns too many books that Madame du Barry might have welcomed to her hastily improvised library. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft It was not as Lake had left it, for the covered parts of the primal monstrosity had been removed from the improvised table. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

H. G. Wells He was working at an improvised college of engineering. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells A ramshackle platform improvised upon a trolley struggled through the swarming straw hats to a street corner, and there was some speaking. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft Five of the worshippers lay dead, and two severely wounded ones were carried away on improvised stretchers by their fellow-prisoners. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

H. G. Wells I had the impression at first that it must be some sort of conservation board, improvised under panic conditions, to save the rare creatures of the world threatened with extinction. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

They drummed, they sang, they danced, they dressed up, improvised a comic scene, and kept their audience in a roar. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The coarse meal was put into a dilly-bag and placed in running water below a slight fall, from the lip of which fluming, improvised from the leaf of native ginger, conducted a gentle stream. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells I can imagine quite a number of obvious preposterous mischievous experiments, a terrible sort of world university consolidation, an improvised knowledge dictatorship. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Rudyard Kipling The chief engine-room artificer, after he had helped to put out fires, improvised stops to the gaps which were left by the carrying away of the forward funnel and mast. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As a guest and conversationalist at Grant’s improvised cruise on the following day he was easily the most popular man on board. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

At the further end, on an improvised bed of mattresses and striped sofa cushions, a white, rigid figure was lying, the eyes fixed on the skylight. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

H. G. Wells Serpentine appeared in the company of a man in a gas-mask whose name was Cedar. This Cedar was a cytologist, and he was in charge of the arrangements for this improvised sanatorium. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. Rider Haggard His brother Leonard sat down upon a rude seat, improvised out of an empty gin-case. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells He glanced round him, seized a bottle of beer by the neck as an improvised club, and went out by the garden door. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

The point of my improvised weapon, however, had left not even a mark on the face it was meant for. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Enthroned in a big chair behind the improvised stockade, he issued his orders in a deep veiled rumble, unmoved, like a deaf man, in the flying rumours. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Henry James The two said very little for a while, and they had almost half an hour’s silence, during which, after our young man had hastily improvised an exhibition, there was only a puffing of cigarettes. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

The “hellish harmonies” mostly result from an improvised band, one strumming the guitar, another clapping the sticks, and the third beating the bell-shaped irons that act as castanets. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

I flung myself down on my improvised bed, and for a minute or two was sure I was going to be violently sick. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]