Phrases with "less"

In less time than it takes to tell, he had swept both Archie and the widow out into the hall, where Lucy was trembling, and Cockatoo, by his master’s order, was locking the door. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells Never did a man need mothering more and never was there a less sacrificial lover. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Adam Lindsay Gordon Cyril (a Monk): Aye, some half score; And some few of the brethren, less or more, Have in youth the brunt of the battle bided, Yet our armoury is but ill provided. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Radclyffe Hall The books went unchecked and sometimes unpaid, and in consequence the tradespeople were less respectful in their manner, or so she imagined. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Elizabeth Gaskell He seldom spoke, less than ever; and often when he did speak, they were sharp angry words, such as he had never given her formerly. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

All sorts of limestones are composed of more or less pure carbonate of lime. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Anatole France Could his soul have been less troubled he would have been the equal in virtue of M. l’Abbé Rollin, whom he far surpassed in extent of knowledge and penetration of intellect. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

However, at less than a mile from it, there was Tyndall's Spring, with an open shady space, among the clump of fine gum-trees, which gave us an excellent camping-place. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anatole France In my opinion he was created less for sculpture than for poetry or philosophy. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Henry James Ransom could see that he was very strong, but he believed that he himself was not materially less so. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing True, he had occasionally spoken of Jasper with something less than respect, but Amy was not in the habit of doing so. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James Her diaries are less systematic than I hoped; she only had a blessed habit of noting and narrating. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Why are we all more or less feverish at night? Because we are weaker. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Gissing Daniel’s accent had nothing at all in keeping with a shabby coat; that of the younger man was less markedly refined, with much more of individuality. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Sir Richard Burton Nor was her sire, the Sultan, less pleased and inspirited when he saw his daughter relieved of an her mourning and melancholy, and his own vanished at the sight of her enjoyment. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Tod began to wonder if it might not be true that actors suffer less than other people. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Jules Verne But on this day it was exchanged for another phrase not less incomprehensible. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Henry James Small it was, in the large Roman record, and her haunting sense of the continuity of the human lot easily carried her from the less to the greater. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

She had no intention of retreating, but she liked the look of those doors less than ever. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson For women, there is less of this danger. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nothing less than an entire lecture, or even an entire course of lectures, would suffice to expound their merits. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

H. G. Wells Certain matters, however, in which old instinct was at war with Moreau’s convenience, were in a less stable condition. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

They was married in less than two weeks. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Charles Dudley Warner Nor was his surprise at the progress made during seventeen years less than his delight in it. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Benjamin Disraeli A man with a large estate is said to have a great stake in the country because some hundreds of people or so are more or less dependent on him. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Thomas Hardy In less than an hour the delirium ceased; then there was an interval of somnolent painlessness and soft breathing, at the end of which Winterborne passed quietly away. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

I have given her a world of trouble; but I am not the less fond of her, or the less grateful to her. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jane Austen I hope time has not made you less willing to pardon. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

George Meredith She laughed, and walked less hurriedly. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Jules Verne The country was not so parched up now, and consequently less sterile, but still a desert. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry James In each of these rigid receptacles was a narrow table — a table expected under stress to accommodate no less than four pairs of active British elbows. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

H. G. Wells One oddity about them is that in one or two points they were less like apes than we are. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Because of this the car was less full than usual—there was no one standing. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Anthony Trollope It was shocking, very shocking, that Nina should so disgrace herself; but she was not on that account less pretty or less charming in her cousin’s eyes. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

In less than half an hour they were through. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Rafael Sabatini His generosity, both in this and in having taken risks to return to warn them, must have touched hearts less vile. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

He did not repeat his motion; and in less than a minute his mother had him in her arms with his face looking upwards. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

I wish I had gone to Jericho first; it might have meant longer travel and much more expense; but it would have involved me in less humiliation and possible publicity. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

William Morris As for myself, my peril is, in a measure, less than thine; I mean the peril of death. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Nearly always one stands more or less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

The whole of this horrid drama had been played out in less than half an hour. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

William Morris Sometimes this method is but the converse of the last, and is not so useful, because it is capable of less variety and play of colour and tone. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Edith Wharton As they walked back toward Sixth Avenue he added, in a less sanguine tone: “I’d undertake now to put the thing through if you could only put me on the track of that cyanide. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

He seemed more the man, but not a whit more prepossessing, and, if anything, less calculated to inspire confidence. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Nathaniel Hawthorne The young have less charity for aged follies than the old for those of youth. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

George Gissing I do really believe, Virgie, we could support life on less — say, on fourpence. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edith Wharton In the complicated old European communities, Archer began to guess, love-problems might be less simple and less easily classified. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

I have never less than two horses, usually five or six amanuenses. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Tobias Smolle Nor was I less reserved with Straddle, whom I in person reproached for misrepresenting to me the character of Strutwell, which I did not scruple to aver was infamous in every respect. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing But happiness is a sore point with him; few men, I should think, have known less of it. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

The train made all sorts of detours, and I had to change no less than three times. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

George Gissing If a starving man succeeds in stealing a loaf of bread, the food will benefit him no less than if he had purchased it; it is good, true sustenance, no matter how he got it. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Then, less than a fortnight later we heard she had suddenly dismissed herself and no one knew where she had gone. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

In less than a month the marriage-contract would be made ready for his signature. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

In these respects, no less than in the others, he justified Mr Cruickshank’s selection. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Charles Stur The attention of a Leader is no less called to all these minutiae than his eye and judgment to the nature of the country in which he may happen to be. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Still less was there anything about Nettie Hooper to fit in with West s preconceived theories. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Olaf Stapledon Meanwhile the university authorities who employed Victor were no less distressed than his father; for they regarded Victor with respect and affection, and also as a valuable asset. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope At whose cost can I live with less scruple than at yours? You, at any rate, have not robbed our mother of her good name, as my father has done. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

More or less consciously, Europe is preparing herself for a spectacle of much violence and perhaps of an inspiring nobility of greatness. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

H. P. Lovecraft As I looked more closely, I saw that they were set in a face less prognathous than that of the average ape, and infinitely less hairy. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

No physiologist, and still less of a metaphysician, Chief Inspector Heat rose by the force of sympathy, which is a form of fear, above the vulgar conception of time. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Theodore Dreiser Together they made a striking picture, which was none the less powerful for the thoughts that were now running through their minds. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

But I have reason to believe that even a less weight excites curvature when pressing over a broader surface than that acted on by a thread. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Remembering that the bird was more or less under his care Latimer performed Hague Tribunal offices by draping a bath-towel over the provocative mirror, but the ensuing peace was local and short-lived. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Henry James She was deep, and her nature spoke none the less in her behaviour because it spoke a conventional tongue. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Olaf Stapledon Indeed, in so far as his loves really are loves, in so far as they are genuine other-regard for a more or less clearly conceived person, he has passed beyond the limitations of individualism. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Which is only a very little less calamitous than your enmity,” he continued, in a cold rage. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Baldwin Spencer The common form of boomerang found amongst the Central tribes has a flattened and more or less curved form measuring from 60–90 cm. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Virginia Woolf Still, that didn’t make one any the less sorry. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Thomas Hardy An appearance of this sort, sufficient to excite attention anywhere, was no less than a marvel in Hintock, as Grace had known the hamlet. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather Once he found her so — well, he did not pretend to be anything more or less than a reasonably well-intentioned young man. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Leslie Stephen This labyrinth of unworthy devices was more or less visible to Pope’s antagonists. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

John Galsworthy The fact that they took more time to complete than anything else, and that he had perhaps less time than anybody else to give to their completion, had not yet weighed with him. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

David Hume A high ambition, an elevated courage, is apt, says Cicero, in less perfect characters, to degenerate into a turbulent ferocity. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Its claims in that way are unique, whereas its affinities with strenuousness are less emphatic than those of the pluralistic scheme. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Benjamin Disraeli The idol on whom she had lavished all the incense of her innocent affections became every day less like a true divinity. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Very probably all these three works may have been put forth, in more or less rapid succession, during this fortunate season of Chaucer’s life. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

In that preposterous world, to be remarkable is to be overlooked; and nothing less vivid than the white-hot blaze of a Shelley will bring with it even a distinguished martyrdom. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins But he feels it less to-day, having slept after yesterday’s dinner. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry James The amount of Hawthorne’s collegiate bill for one term was less than 4_l. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope It would trouble his conscience less to sit for Loughton and vote for an objectionable clause as a member of the Government, than it would have done to give such a vote as an independent member. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins It was nothing less than a tone of despair. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Olaf Stapledon The Chinaman who had ‘run amok’ did but manifest an impulse which was latent in all his race, and indeed in all mankind, though with less dramatic expression. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins At a less distressing time, there would have been something irresistibly comical in her rage and astonishment, when I settled the dispute by locking her out of the room. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Hartlib had even less of real science than Comenius, but he was equally possessed by the Baconian ideal of a new heaven and a new earth of knowledge. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Anthony Trollope The life among them was much of the same kind, though in the second class there was less of idleness, less of pleasure, and something more of an attempt to continue the ordinary industry of life. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis The less he sees of the police, the better he’ll like it. Let’s Play King by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Bennett In less than a minute he was gone. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anna Katherine Green She had fled quickly away with the memory of what was to make this day a less dreary one for her. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Sinclair Lewis Each week the government said less about the findings of the board of inquiry which was to decide how the $5000 per person could be wangled. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon His only other subject was human character, which he judged with a quick eye for a man’s less reputable motives, and no eye at all for his personality as a whole. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Though most of the people in the world in key positions are more or less accessible to me, I lack the solvent power to bring them into unison. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope But not the less am I sure that I am right. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

No less than nineteen were condemned and executed before reason returned to the minds of the colonists. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Samuel Johnson He went to the headman of the Island, whom Fame, but Fame delights in amplifying, represents as worth no less than fifty pounds. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

The younger generation is looser, you knowless tied — less dogmatic, shall we say?” “Less honest, you mean,” Sir Giles said. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

It was my moment of advantage, and I improved it by proffering a request which had been more or less in my mind during the whole of this prolonged colloquy. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Ann Radcliffe Madame, though scarcely less distressed, retained a presence of mind. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

H. G. Wells When one system is in action; the other is more or less inaccessible and vice versa. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

There was, indeed, an actual conspiracy at work against him among men little less bespattered than himself with innocent blood. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Isabella Bird The engine itself, being a high-pressure one, and consequently without the incumbrances of condenser and air-pump, occupied much less room than one of ours in a ship of the same tonnage. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

H.P. Lovecraft The following winter brought an event no less strange than Wilbur’s first trip outside the Dunwich region. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle Neither now nor at any time, dear children, have I laid great store upon my life, but far less then than now, for each of you are tiny tendrils which bind me to this world. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

The effects are more or less violent in different constitutions. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

William Morris Moreover, as she told her intent to ride on betimes in the morning, it mattered the less unto them: withal she gave out that she came from foreign parts, as sooth it was. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

But having been thus distinguished I could do no less than follow her with my eyes to the door where the chain of hands being broken all the masks were trying to get out at once. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope I never had less trouble with any young fellow than I have had with him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James The result of this process was not that he admired it less but that he felt almost awe-stricken in the presence of it. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Oscar Wilde To an artist so creative as the critic, what does subject-matter signify? No more and no less than it does to the novelist and the painter. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jules Verne Keeping north was less dangerous than retreating south. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

In the Archaeopteryx, the upper-arm bone is like that of a bird; and the two bones of the forearm are more or less like those of a bird, but the fingers are not bound together — they are free. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Nathaniel Hawthorne Her husband manifested an equal affection, although it grew daily less productive of familiar caresses. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Wilkie Collins I took my aunt in my arms — my overflowing tenderness was not to be satisfied, now, with anything less than an embrace. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope The less of laws and the less of control the better, providing a people can go right with few laws and little control. North America by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Besides, for some time past he had become graver, more retired, less sociable. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Victor Hugo The Duchess Josiana had a peculiarity, less rare than it is supposed. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

A. E. W. Mason We shall be none the less good friends because three thousand miles hinder us from shaking hands. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Benjamin Disraeli The eye of the nation rests upon the Lords, few in number, and notable in position; the eye of the nation wanders in vain for the Commons, far more numerous, but far less remarkable. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

John Lewis Burckhard I offered no resistance; but seeing them much less determined than Bedouin robbers generally are, I concluded that they were not free from fear. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry Fielding Believe me, lad, the tongue of a viper is less hurtful than that of a slanderer, and the gilded scales of a rattle-snake less dreadful than the purse of the oppressor. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

George Gissing Yet, if I were wooing a wife, I had rather seek her at the hands of Totila than at those of Justinian. To be sure, I did not speak of you to the king; that would have been less than discreet. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson But he loved the less to be deceived or to see others cheated. Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang If the princess was dreaming of her brother, he was no less thinking of her, on the wild sea-shore, whither the whirlwind had cast him. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Black Sir Joshua is of opinion that he owed not less than two thousand pounds. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell I have borne long with self-reproach that would have roused any mind less torpid and cowardly than mine. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Quite a mistake, I assure you; poison is much more artistic and neat in its work, and to my mind involves less risk. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

I simply wanted to be left in peace while the fever took its course, and when my skin was cool again I found that the bout had more or less cured my shoulder. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Anthony Trollope No doubt he had been different from the others, less gay in his attire, less jocund in his words, less given to flattery and sport and gems and all the little wickednesses which she had loved. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne I would fancy myself much less a stranger to the doings of her life. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Jules Verne As his horses were evidently less fatigued than those of the other traveler, he would not be long in overtaking it. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

George Eliot He had always been called Jack Lingon, or Parson Jack — sometimes, in older and less serious days, even ‘Cock-fighting Jack’. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Arnold Bennett In less than a minute the cab had stopped in front of Constance’s light-grained door. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

In most cases, however, the larvae, though active, still obey, more or less closely, the law of common embryonic resemblance. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Those few thousand feet by which they fell short of the known giants might save them eternally from the climbing expedition; they offered a less tempting lure to the record-breaker. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Jules Verne In less than six days he cleared the thirteen hundred miles which separate the point of Africa from Tristan d’Acunha, and on the 24th of November, at 3 P. M. the Table Mountain was sighted. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

But Laura could no longer read much indoors or roam where she would when out, for the baby-carriage had to be kept more or less to the roads and be pushed back punctually at baby’s feeding-time. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Wilkie Collins In less than a minute, he opened it again, with doubt and horror plainly visible in his face. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Sinclair Lewis Babbitt would have been no more astonished and no less had a ghost skipped out of the fog carrying his head. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James In this department they made a very creditable figure and required much less watching and pruning than when it had been his effort to adjust them to a worldly plan. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Watkin Tench Lieut. King and his little garrison were well when the ‘Supply’ left them: but I am sorry to add, that, from casualties, their number is already five less than it originally was. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Henry James He was never in the morning very late, but Waymarsh had already been out, and, after a peep into the dim refectory, he presented himself with much less than usual of his large looseness. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Anthony Trollope But George Bertram’s view was different, and much less easy of explanation. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Arnold Bennett And yet she had said ardently that she was in no way amazed at her nephew’s coolness; she would have been surprised if he had shown himself even one degree less cool. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing That undoubtedly was Lilian, escaping, speeding over the meadows—whither? The ground rose gradually, and at a distance of less than a quarter of a mile cut clearly across the sky. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The worst has come, love; but it leaves me not the less your true lover. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Their Chancery money was a chimera, and none of them throughout their lives had more than a few pounds at a time, but their wishes were more or less granted. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

If Scott’s reverie was less lofty than Milton’s, so also was his story. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle Banneret or bachelor, square pennon or forked, I would not give a denier for the difference, and the less since Sir John Chandos, chosen flower of English chivalry, is himself but a humble knight. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Jules Verne Vasling, less strong than Penellan, soon perceived that the latter was getting the better of him. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Benjamin Disraeli St. Barbe was not less a guest in Carlton Terrace than heretofore, and was even kindly invited to Princedown to profit by the distant sea-breeze. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

G. K. Chesterton His house was only called White Lodge, and was, therefore, less alluring to the romantic passer-by than Rowanmere on the one side or Heatherbrae on the other. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Without her hat, she seemed to the old lady a good deal less questionable. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Zona Gale The next instant the eyelids of the sovereign drooped considerably less than one would have supposed possible. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

I never met a tougher, and I never saw a less healthy-looking, breed than the Hanham men. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

David Hume Man is a sociable, no less than a reasonable being: but neither can he always enjoy company agreeable and amusing, or preserve the proper relish for them. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

G. K. Chesterton I have never visited Parson’s Green, or seen either the Green or the Parson, but surely the pale-green shovel-hats I have designed must be more or less in the spirit. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

D. H. Lawrence In America I never accepted less than three hundred dollars a month, and that was my poorest and lowest. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Frances Hodgson Burnett She felt much less helpless and when she was ready for bed she took a little more cognac. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry David Thoreau What I have observed of the pond is no less true in ethics. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

William Makepeace Thackeray We take no count of a few centuries more or less in our dwelling by the darkling Stygian river. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Arthur Conan Doyle But you have said one wise and kindly thing within these walls, Colonel Gerard. You have said, ‘One man more or less can make no difference in a struggle between two great armies. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

In less than an hour after my escape I struck the highway, but it was an hour which in the retrospect unrolls itself into unquiet years. Prester John by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling After that, fear and consequent restraint begin, and human action becomes less grotesquely jerky. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Marjorie Bowen Had the secretary been in Visconti’s place, there would have been as vile a tyrant, of equal cruelty and far less courage. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Edith Wharton Yes, she was less effective by day. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

The laws against robbery are not rendered either less just or less binding by the numbers that daily steal or who demand your purse on the highway. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Jane Austen Julia’s match became a less desperate business than he had considered it at first. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Rules were used to divide major divisions, but are now deprecated: they are greyed to make them less dominant. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

Henry James This last fact was not less evident when she came down arranged for their walk. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing When such a nature falls into genuine remorse, asceticism will inevitably follow; with it comes the danger of more or less conscious embitterment. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

After that Lady Burton’s orders were less strict. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Thomas Hardy It would have been much less serious for me. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

George Borrow And hundreds carried eggs to the consul, more or less, and the consul paid them the price, and in less than three days the treasure chest of the consul was exhausted. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Very probably; for I understand that his heirs have got hold of what fortune he left — less than was generally supposed. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Physical pain whether suffered alone or in company, is always more or less unnerving and intolerable. Memories and Studies by William James

Before going in William and Fred took off their boots, ripped the seams and cut pieces off the soles, more or less ruining them. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Of the fifty-four white men, eighteen, including eleven of the “Congo” crew, died in less than three months. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Francis Bacon Concerning those that are more or less subject to envy: First, persons of eminent virtue, when they are advanced, are less envied. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Charles Dickens Work had always been knocked off at that hour, until the sun grew less fierce, and the sea-breeze rose; so that its being holiday with us, made no difference, just then, in the look of the place. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Thomas Hardy She saw that he was excited, less by the speed of his walk than by the feelings within him. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

You are for ever grumbling because we have no money to buy the goods you trade in; and your only remedy is to give us less money: This must be because you serve false gods. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Jules Verne A marriage was concluded in less than two months — such a thing had never been seen before. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

He could not share its management and its profit with another without a measure of self-sacrifice far beyond that which he must make with something less personal to him. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

T. E. Lawrence Their less taut wills flagged before mine flagged, and by comparison made me seem tough and active. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing Not only on account of the growth of population; the poor have more to suffer, the rich less of true enjoyment, the mass of comfortable people fall into an ever-increasing anxiety. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George MacDonald But you can easily see, or you have less sense than I think, that to drag you, you heavy thing, along with me, would take centuries, and I could not give the time to it. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope Those which followed were probably more or less of the same nature. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Ten minutes ago I had been exulting in the glories of the morning, and now the sun was not less bright or the colours less fair, but the heart had gone out of the spectator. Prester John by John Buchan

The rest of his time was spent more or less in the society of his jovial companions. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

The stones upon them are all water-worn, and they are traversed by a great number of old water-courses, all tending more or less from the mountains to the sea. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Arthur Conan Doyle Another quality which one would be less disposed to look for in the savant is a fine contempt for danger, which is veiled in such modesty that one reads between the lines in order to detect it. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Yes, it was a modified copy of the portrait — younger, the features less rugged, the skin paler and less tawny, the expression less intense. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry Fielding Indeed, I was greatly surprised how he came to be worth that little sum, and no less at his being acquainted with my own wants. Amelia by Henry Fielding

The Gothic romance was fond of mysterious music as an accompaniment of supernatural visitation, but ghostly music is less common than it used to be. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Jules Verne Besides, if there was not an inn, the house of the Russian peasant would have been no less hospitable. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

It was brought out by Ticknor & Company at Easter 1850 — less than ten weeks after it was finished; but we think of the House of the Seven Gables as standing empty, deserted and forlorn. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Thomas Hardy I could not help being here for the ceremony; but my absence would have resulted in less disquiet on his part, I believe. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Anne Bronte Though Mr. Lawrence’s health was now quite re-established, my visits to Woodford were as unremitting as ever; though often less protracted than before. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

FOOL. — I had thought philosophy concerned itself with a less personal class of questions; but why is it? PH. — The essential quality of a dolt is stupidity. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]