Phrases with "launch"

Jules Verne He could not launch the pinnace, going at the rate of twelve or thirteen yards every second. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Tobias Smolle Then she would launch out into the praise of my proper person, and say, she was sure I would make a good husband, for I was very good-natured. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

A wooden pier, a portable construction, was thrown out from the terrace steps, to enable the company to go on board the launch without the possibility of wet feet or damaged raiment. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anna Katherine Green Seizing her by the arm, he was about to launch against her the whole weight of his aroused nature, when she said simply: “He is a common bill-poster. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

He watched you and Sarle and Edgehill across the marsh yonder, and he noticed that the motor launch had never been in the boat house whenever a raid had been made. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim With all her power and wealth she is unable to launch a single battleship or put under arms a single regiment of soldiers beyond the proportion allotted to her by the other subscribing powers. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Herman Melville No more; I’ll launch my yawl — ho, cheerly, heart! and push away for fairy-land — for rainbow’s end, in fairy-land. The Piazza by Herman Melville

D. H. Lawrence The launch twanged and hooted, somebody was singing. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Make after that launch with the yellow light. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

There’s that harbour launch waiting for me, too. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

R. D. Blackmore By this time a swarm of brave Frenchmen was gathered in the mizzen-chains and gangways of their ship, waiting for a lift of the sea to launch them into the English outworks. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The coxswain of the steam launch came up carrying some bottles of wine. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

H. G. Wells Love, which had been a new garden, an unknown land, a sunlit sea to launch upon, was now a rich treasure-house of memories. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There were cries, tears, shrieks, promises as the first launch shoved off and the women crowded forward on the wharf, screaming and waving. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith Mallard had got the vertigo, he reported the gambler’s launch on dementedness to the earl. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her mother was pleased that she had done so accurately what she was told to do, but she still wanted to launch her out and away. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells You can’t get ’em to launch out, you can’t get ’em to take up anything new. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Jules Verne To launch it, jump in and fly from the dangerous shore, was only a minute’s work. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

By this time the shore was black with people, and a boat was brought down to the beach, but to attempt to launch it was to be sucked out to sea. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

D. H. Lawrence The launch was being illuminated. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

In proportion as I found money returning to my purse, so did I launch out into luxuries which I little heeded before. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Andrew Lang To launch the boat and put to sea to rescue the net was a thing not to be thought of. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Pill and priest launch him happy between them. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The launch was, of course, ostensibly being taken out upon a fishing expedition, and rods and fishing tackle were much in evidence upon the deck. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Jack London A launch came off for me from Duran, which is on the other side of the river and is the terminal of the railroad. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

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]

George Meredith A dove flew with an Olive Branch; It crossed the sea and reached the shore, And on a ship about to launch Dropped down the happy sign it bore. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

T. E. Lawrence Everyone was too busy with his own work to give me specific authority to launch out on mine. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The sea was heavy, and we were compelled to put a purchase on the fore and main yards, with preventers to windward, to ease the launch in going over the side. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Meredith You launch it out so courageously. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The launch had been lying disabled and idle in the creek for three weeks. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson They rise from the ruins of one abortive sentence, to launch forth into another with unabated vigour. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Our gig’s crew towed the pinnace astern of the gig, and the launch was towed by six men in the jolly-boat. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Meredith To touch the subject in cold blood, voluntarily to launch on those vexed waters, as if his cause were her heart’s, as much as her heart was the man’s, she felt to be impossible. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Arnold Bennett It appeared that when anyone had a nefarious or underhand scheme afoot which necessitated river work Everett’s launch was always available for a suitable monetary consideration. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There was another little idiosyncrasy of design that escaped us both until she was about ready to launchthere was no method of propulsion. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

H. G. Wells The airplane carriers were tensely ready to launch their air squadrons and made a second line behind the screen of battleships and battle cruisers. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

The man who hired my launch was big and stout and with a very dark skin. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Chartered launch take us Gravesend Twickenham; show her river. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle He bustled about, and in a short time managed to launch a leaky-looking old tub, into which he stepped, while I squatted down in the sheets. Crabbe’s Practice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Morrison Next day Lloyd’s agent was steaming about in a launch from Plymouth, and soon a salvage company’s tug came up and lay to by the emerging masts. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

The launch went alongside, and the invaders evacuated British soil, looking, for all von Brüning’s flippant nonchalance, a rather crestfallen party. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Watkin Tench To launch the spear, or to touch the trigger, only remains. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

The launch seemed also to be affected. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Not that Schomberg would think of sending his launch alongside a mere trader like the Sissie. But she had been meeting a coastal mail-packet, and had been signalled to. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

It was not the gasoline launch Robinson had expected, however, but an oar-propelled craft. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells The launch was brilliantly smart with abundant crimson cushions and a tasselled awning, and away to the left was a fine old bridge that dated in its essentials from Plantagenet times. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

But you, my charge, Loos’d from your crooked anchors, launch at large, Exalted each a nymph: forsake the sand, And swim the seas, at Cybele’s command. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Then he went on telling how he had made out he was a ticket-of-leave man, how he had worked upon the engine of their motor launch and why he had left them. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

D. H. Lawrence The launch began gradually to beat the waters. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Borrow I was very sea-sick during the passage, and lay almost senseless at the bottom of the small launch in which I had embarked, and which was crowded with people. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Rudyard Kipling I am told so with oaths and curses and that sort of sarcasm (I recognise it now) which I used to launch at the heads of junior forms. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

The steady stuttering of the engine ceased, and the launch swerved so sharply as to come perilously near capsizing. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

James Joyce Signed: Dedalus. Where did you launch it from? The kips? No. College Green. Have you drunk the four quid? The aunt is going to call on your unsubstantial father. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

If, as he hoped, the quarry was lying helpless through engine trouble, sooner or later the agile, swift little launch must nose out her misty hiding place. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

That undoubtedly induced others to follow, and the launch speedily filled. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Edgar Wallace But in another few seconds the launch was moving again, and had disappeared into the open river. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Jules Verne The carpenter asked no further questions, but proceeded to choose his wood, and fixed upon the beach at the foot of Cape Bathurst as his dockyard, so that he might easily be able to launch his vessel. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was thought possible to launch a boat and tow the Regent from her place of danger; and with this view a signal of distress was made and a gun fired with a red-hot poker from the galley. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

They launch into speculations, and become rich, it is true; but in what? Stocks, bonds, paper — rags, in short. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne The colonists were driven to their last entrenchment, and although the upper seams of the vessel were not yet calked, they decided to launch her at once. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Leon Trotsky It became necessary to launch a strong campaign against these absentees. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne Wilson and Mulrady followed to launch the yawl. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The exposure would be dreadful for them! No, no, you’ll drift on until the launch grounds. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

The launch was certainly much better afterwards, but he expressed himself as being still unsatisfied. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

I want some one to launch me; some one fully equipped with the necessary equipment to give me a good send-off. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Edith Wharton She shook her head again, advancing toward the door with the evident intention of bringing their conference to a close; but on the threshold she paused to launch her reply. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

Wilkie Collins We had all been invited to see the launch of Mr. Tyrrel’s new yacht from the builder’s yard at Wivenhoe, in Essex. When the launch was over, the rest of the company returned to Colchester to dine. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

It was a peerless morning, and all the brasswork of Mr. Smithson’s launch sparkled and shone in the sun, as she lay in front of the terrace. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The dream of my life has been to launch her myself, and direct her every step in the mazes of town life; but that dream is over. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

We accordingly bade Montezma good-bye, and set off to the quay, where his launch was waiting for him, in order that we might interrogate Manuel, the engineer in charge. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

No frost so cold But I will hem with hounds thy forest-glades, Parthenius. Even now, methinks, I range O’er rocks, through echoing groves, and joy to launch Cydonian arrows from a Parthian bow. The Eclogues of Virgil by translated by J. B. Greenough

Jack London Also, I knew just about how long it would take to launch the boat. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells They would drive to Wamping and get a very comfortable little steam launch one could hire there. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Bram Stoker We shall never feel happy till we get the launch in sight again. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The whole happening appeared to be quite an accidental one and everyone from the launch inoffensive and exactly what they stated themselves to be. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Washington Irving Churchyard. I was just about to launch forth into eulogiums upon the poets of the day, when the sudden opening of the door caused me to turn my head. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Now, you just get us a launch and trot us round. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

One who launched out as he did, and let his family launch out, I should never put much trust in. Bursting-up by Ellen Wood [1871]

The launch had come about broadside on to a vessel which there could be no doubt was Red Dolphin. Less than forty feet distant, the conspicuous figure-head curved out, bold and scarlet, at her prow. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells I saw that it was the simian creature who had met the launch upon the beach. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle How, then, could he conceal the launch and yet have her at hand when wanted? I wondered what I should do myself if I were in his shoes. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Virginia Woolf All round the pond children were stooping to launch little boats; or were drawn back screaming by their nurses. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Jules Verne Henceforth we are to launch ourselves upon the unknown. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle I chose his launch because I heard that she was a flier. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The crew of the Nagaina’s launch had been afraid of the rotting black ship and the inexplicable vision that followed their discovery of it. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Jules Verne To these amphibians it is but sport to launch themselves in its pursuit, either by swimming through the waters propelled by their tails or running along the bank with a speed no man can equal. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was a dry, quick, pertinent debater, speaking with a small voice, and swinging on his heels to launch and emphasise an argument. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Nance, if you have any kindness for my fate, put up a prayer before I launch the next one. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

T. E. Lawrence Captain Linberry sent a launch ashore and invited him to the ship, where he found, waiting for him, a warm cabin, a peaceful meal, and a bountiful bath. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Henry James I made him welcome, I helped him to another cigarette, I felt above all that I should enjoy him; my response to his overture was, in other words, quickly enough to launch us. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Reaching the waterside they descended a flight of steps, at the foot of which a neat steam launch was awaiting them. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

James Joyce A Palgrave Murphy boat was put off the ways at Alexandra basin, the only launch that year. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

In the case of Scevola it was great enough to launch him down the slope and to rob him for the moment of all caution. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Edith Wharton There stood the evergreen Tree of Life, the Four Rivers flowing from its foot; and on every one of the four currents he meant to launch his little skiff. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Walk along and find which one the Nagaina’s launch is waiting at. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

It was to launch his bark at once on the bosom of the Amazon, and descend its waters to its mouth. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Arthur Conan Doyle They paid Smith well to hold his tongue, reserved his launch for the final escape, and hurried to their lodgings with the treasure-box. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Rudyard Kipling Frost and murrain and floods let loose  Shall launch us side by side In the holy wars that have no truce  ’Twixt seed and harvest-tide. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Bram Stoker I may then perhaps be allowed to launch the theory which has come to me during this investigation. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

It was on the pontoon in Horta that we met; and I tried to induce him to leave the launch moored where she was and follow me to Europe there and then. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Virginia Woolf Defoe was an elderly man when he turned novelist, many years the predecessor of Richardson and Fielding, and one of the first indeed to shape the novel and launch it on its way. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson But he was a part of the eldest son; rejoicing manfully to launch the boat into the surf, skilful to direct the helm, and a man of might where the ring closes and the blows are going. Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson

The launch had been accomplished without mishap, and, with her sails hoisted, the Maid was soon cleaving a swift way through the breakers. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Anna Katherine Green Surely, with the knowledge of that hidden bow in his mind, he should be able now to place his hand upon the person who had made use of it to launch the fatal arrow. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Jules Verne After a careful survey of the coast, Hatteras determined to launch the sloop that very day, and to unpack the sledge, and get everything on board. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

The enterprise which I am going to launch is superb, and must realize immense profits. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

George Meredith So he determined to launch me. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Jules Verne When the season of thawing came, they would only have to slide her down an inclined plane, to launch her, in a word, in the once more open sea. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Ney, finding that our artillery made poor play against his, prepared to launch a column against us. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Henry James She is waiting for her chance; she wishes to launch herself, and to do it well. The American by Henry James [1877]

Let’s make them launch the kayaks again and get off. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Skipper despatched third officer in launch full steam for assistance. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

We are keeping a strict eye on that house of theirs on the marsh, and paying particular attention as well to that motor launch they’ve got. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Marie Corelli Plainly speaking, Monsignor, we men have no right whatever to launch human beings into the world with the ‘bar sinister’ branded upon them. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

George Meredith Her frenzy of abasement hugged the word They stone with, and so pile their citadel To launch at outcasts the foul levin bolt. The Sage Enamoured and the Honest Lady by George Meredith

D.H. Lawrence The launch raced out of danger towards the yacht. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’m not relying on our propaganda alone, Dan. Before that vote is taken in the Senate, I’m hoping to launch a thunderbolt or two from very unsuspected places. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Oscar Wilde And sometimes, while the old nurse cons Her book, they steal across the square And launch their paper navies where Huge Triton writhes in greenish bronze. Miscellaneous Poems by Oscar Wilde

Robert Louis Stevenson You can propound nothing but he has either a theory about it ready-made, or will have one instantly on the stocks, and proceed to lay its timbers and launch it in your presence. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

With great difficulty we got all the hides aboard and stowed under hatches, the yard and stay tackles hooked on, and the launch and pinnace hoisted, chocked, and griped. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

I will wait for you on the shore; launch it strongly, and hasten to us. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

It must have been the desire to escape from such servitude which induced him to launch into another adventure with a journal of his own. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Edith Wharton A few yards away, he saw the launch lying at anchor in the veiled moonlight; and just below him, on the black water, was the dim outline of the skiff which the boatman kept to paddle out to her. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

Jack London Also, he chartered a launch to run him the six miles to the upper end of Lake Linderman, where he arrived at four in the afternoon. Lost Face by Jack London

At a wave of Porter’s hand, the steersman flung over the little wheel, and the launch swung sharply round toward the shadow. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

M. P. Shiel It is putting out from port to rough it that braces the ship’s timbers! Well, let us launch forth: I at least am ready. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Just as I announced my decision the launch came alongside, and a moment later her passengers were ascending the accommodation ladder, which had been lowered to receive them. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle No inquisitive gunboat or lurking police launch came within sight of them, though whenever any vessel’s course brought her in their direction the heart of Ezra Girdlestone sank within him. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry David Thoreau It should be a warm and still evening; and then with a fire crackling merrily at the prow, you may launch forth like a cucullo into the night. Natural History of Massachusetts by Henry David Thoreau [1842]

Ford Madox Ford Usually you didn’t begin your barrage after dawn and launch your attack at ten-thirty or so. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Sinclair Lewis Their launch rounded the bend; at the head of the lake, under a mountain slope, they saw the little central dining-shack of their hotel and the crescent of squat log cottages which served as bedrooms. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

The only sensible thing to do is to launch out with Fielding into that deep and open sea of human character and fate which he dared so gloriously. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

The rover, as if about to launch himself upon a track of a thousand miles, walked up to shake hands with him and look once more at the soft eyes and the ironic smile. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Robert Louis Stevenson The little steam launch gives all who go in her a good ducking, as she bobs about on the big rollers; and my old gymnastic practice stands me in good stead on boarding and leaving her. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Would the island hold together till then? The intention of Pencroft and Cyrus Harding was to launch the vessel as soon as the hull should be complete. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Then you’ll call out it’s quite hopeless, and you’ll have to let the launch drift with the rising tide right up to the island. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Edith Wharton See here — come along with us to this diving match, won’t you? The sea’s so calm I’ve had the launch lying to out there ever since lunch; we’ll be out at the raft in no time . The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now, if you want to understand the character of Napoleon — but surely I must take a fresh start before I launch on so portentous a subject as that. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Not only that, but if any enemy were to launch an attack upon the place, based upon what they believed to be the existing conditions, it would cost them a thousand or two of lives. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle The launch was not at any landing-stage or wharf, nor had it returned. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

They drove straight to the boat-shed at the mouth of the Crouch and the launch was taken out for a run. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Anna Katherine Green After the two inquests and a letter I hope to receive from Switzerland, we may be in a position to launch our first bomb. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Andrew Lang They were, he said, like those of a man who should build a large ship in an inland place, with no sea to launch it upon. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Edgar Wallace Then, as the little launch reached the opening which brought it to the river, he saw it slow and come almost to a standstill. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Arriving at the harbour side, we found the launch in waiting. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

I launch myself and row to the steamer. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Edgar Rice Burroughs A few hours before we were ready to launch her she made quite an imposing picture, for Perry had insisted upon setting every shred of “canvas. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Rudyard Kipling Then Peroo hailed, and the launch made for the tail of the island. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

He saw himself as if about to launch imprecations, with arms uplifted above her bowed head. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

E. F. Benson We must give them their due, and stick to what we know; we must not launch accusations wildly about other matters, just because we know they are cowards. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli He was a man of great tact, and he wished to launch his wife quietly and safely on the social ocean. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Rudyard Kipling They are dam-bore, these religious ceremonies, Finlinson, eh?” Peroo, well known to the crew, had possessed himself of the inlaid wheel, and was taking the launch craftily up-stream. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had inquiries made, and there is a launch of that description. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

I saw, too, that the launch was alongside of her, and told Davies so. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

T. E. Lawrence His launch was ready: would be at the Shatt in half an hour. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The launch was almost mobbed by those inquisitive little boats in the intervals between the races. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Edgar Rice Burroughs In agony the man watched, fearful to launch his spear, powerless to fly. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

I passed heavily under the curtain which the Malay coxswain of the harbour launch raised for me. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Our boat stood nearly up and down several times; the pinnace parted her tow-line, and we expected every moment to see the launch swamped. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Lastly, Burton wondered whether it would be possible to launch an expedition to Midian with a view to searching for gold. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

H. G. Wells Even then I noticed the oddness of the brown faces of the men who were with Montgomery in the launch; but the launch was now fully laden, and was shoved off hastily. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

The grenadiers of the two regiments got near enough to the ditches and intrenchments to launch their grenades, which had but small effect. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Dollmann submitted, and excused himself, and the launch steamed away. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

H. G. Wells It took, he found, just forty-two minutes more of the Lord Paramount’s time to launch the cardinal orders for this stupendous gesture. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

The man in charge, the skipper, was the owner of the launch, and he states most emphatically that but for the sudden burst of wind the launch would never have gone within miles of the island. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Thus signals the cowpuncher to his steed to launch himself full speed ahead. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Henry James I could imagine “We always use it” pinned on their bosoms with the greatest effect; I had a vision of the promptitude with which they would launch a table d’hote. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Jules Verne The bolts of the right scuttle, the opening of which measured about twelve inches across, were carefully drawn, while Michel, quite grieved, prepared to launch his dog into space. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

William Dampier Every ship’s company made for themselves, but we all helped each other to launch them, for some were made a mile from the sea. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Andrew Lang The army rushed off to launch the ships, as in II. 142–210, and were brought back by Odysseus, who made a stirring speech, and was well backed by Agamemnon, urging to battle. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang