Phrases with "longest"

Baldwin Spencer The greatest width across the barbs is two inches and the longest barb measures four and three-quarter inches. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry James She was always in mourning, yet the day he came back from the longest absence he had yet made her appearance immediately told him she had lately had a bereavement. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

He first of all proceeded to the Prefecture of Police, going the longest way round as a matter of course, but, on reaching his destination, he could find no one who had seen the young detective. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Mary Webb The ones she looked at longest were those of that peculiarly seedy and emasculated type which modern religion seems to produce. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Charles Stur Singular it was that the well on which we had least dependence, and from which we had been longest absent, should thus have held out — but so it was. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

It involved a short journey by train, and my wife’s longest basket-trunk; it also, which was more serious, involved my being lent a horse to go out cubbing the following morning. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Henry James She wears the longest gloves I ever saw in my life. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

D. H. Lawrence If he brought up his sketch-book, it was she who pondered longest over the last picture. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

T. H. Huxley The longest cleft between any two digits is rather less than half as long as the hand. Essays by T. H. Huxley

E. Phillips Oppenheim Directly I see her, I stop short for about five seconds—the longest of my life. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Thomas Hardy The business that I have really called about is this, to borrow the longest and strongest rope you have. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

I told them that I was a young gentleman just from the University, on my way to visit my kins-men in the provinces by the true student’s road, that is to say the longest he can find. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

It is erroneous to assert that “the tract nearest the equator on both sides has the longest rainy season;” the measure chiefly depends upon altitude and other local conditions. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Yes, Mrs. Stobart must miss your pretty garden at Sheen.” That month of May seemed to George Stobart to contain the longest and weariest days and hours he had ever known. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Anthony Trollope It was worse than the longest and the worst sermon she had ever heard. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

William Makepeace Thackeray The Princess’s tents are set up close by mine, and I know thou longest to join her. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

F. Scott Fitzgerald One afternoon in Coronado, where they made the longest stay of their trip, more than three weeks, Gloria was arraying herself brilliantly for tea. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Charles Dickens At that time jails were much neglected, and the period of exaggerated reaction consequent on all public wrongdoing — and which is always its heaviest and longest punishment — was still far off. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

The longest line of human ancestry must hide its diminished head before the pedigree of this insignificant shell-fish. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

As soon as his tail is full grown, he begins about an inch from the extremity of the two longest feathers in it and cuts away the web on both sides of the shaft, making a gap about an inch long. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Helen Zimmern Patronage was one that was longest in hand, having originated in 1787 from a story told by Mr. Edgeworth to amuse his wife when recovering from her confinement. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I had a very exciting bid for it with the French Government. They wanted it for the Louvre, but of course at an auction the longest purse must win. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

A philosophy that denies our knowledge of the Real and affirms our ignorance of the Apparent. Its longest exponent is Comte, its broadest Mill and its thickest Spencer. POSTERITY, n. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Wilkie Collins One of my longest trips away from home was the trip I took to Limmeridge to nurse a half-sister there, who was dying. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Baldwin Spencer The longest free blade which we have measured is 13 cm. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Elizabeth Gaskell Nay, the man who gave his vote for the longest time, on having his judgment disputed, grew stubborn, and doubled the time, and thought it might be the end of the week before the pilot-boat came home. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Baldwin Spencer The longest blade in our possession measures 22. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry James He had vouchsafed it, however, nothing better than his longest stare of postponed consideration. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Its longest articles did not exceed a quarter of a column, and important events were usually restricted to paragraphs. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

His visit to M. de Treville being paid, the pensive d’Artagnan took the longest way homeward. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins Shrowl’s was the harshest voice; Shrowl’s were the bitterest sayings; and Shrowl’s was the longest beard. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Wilkie Collins Our longest separation was when her mother took her to Limmeridge. Just at that time I lost my husband, and I felt it was as well, in that miserable affliction, that Anne should not be in the house. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Jack London He had gone to the United States as a young fellow, and in fourteen years’ residence the longest period he had been out of work was twelve hours. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Mr Menon repeats for him Eliot’s claim that he had the longest period of development of any poet who has ever lived. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Willing and ready to undertake the longest march, the hardest work, his word is Házir —“I’m here”— and he will even walk to mount a tired man. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli He found them, Venetia, he found them in her whom he had known longest and most intimately, and loved from his boyhood. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

His longest poem is Rudolph (1825). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

It was the longest hour she had ever known. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jack London And especially he loved the well-rounded calves in their sheaths of soft-tanned leather, the slim ankles, and the small moccasined feet that were tireless through the longest days. Lost Face by Jack London

It is proper to observe, that animals who arrive slowly at maturity, are the longest lived, and of the noblest species. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Jack London The longest day never played White Fang out. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

H. G. Wells It was the longest day in my life. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Anthony Trollope The longest piece which we have is from the Phænomena of Aratus, which he translated from the Greek when he was eighteen years old, and which describes the heavenly bodies. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Henry Lawson The dog was a little conservative mongrel poodle, with long dirty white hair all over him — longest and most over his eyes, which glistened through it like black beads. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

The undertaker describes the patient as “the longest cuss in that section. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Mooney — fortunate old fellowretained the longest straw. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The metatarsal bones have such a form that they fit together immovably, though they do not enter into bony union; the third toe is, as in the bird, longest and strongest. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Henry Handel Richardson And after the coach would come the train (a train-journey nobody could help enjoying!) and then another coach: it’d be far the longest journey he’d ever gone! And that wasn’t all. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins The longest things about her are her arms; the thickest thing about her is her waist. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

One might have thought him weary of distant voyages; and the longest he had ever made had lasted a fortnight, of which the most part had been spent at anchor, sheltering from the weather. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

George Eliot Maggie dwelt the longest on the feeling which had made her come back to her mother and brother, which made her cling to all the memories of the past. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

In course of time the strike (it was the longest on record in our parts, though we have had a few since then) came to an end. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Richard Hakluy They account this island to be twenty-five leagues long, and the longest way of it south-east and north-west. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

William Hope Hodgson The night had been the longest yet; and when the dying sun showed, at last, above the world’s edge, I had grown so wearied of the dark, that I greeted it as a friend. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

The longest piece had evidently been too short. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Eliot For you ought to stop twice as long at a semicolon as you do at a comma, and you make the longest stops where there ought to be no stop at all. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Rudyard Kipling This is incontrovertible!” Patent things always use the longest words they can. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

The night was frosty and clear, the hour was late, and his way lay through the longest and best-lighted streets of the metropolis. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

H. G. Wells On their way back to England Miss Winchelsea on six separate occasions made Fanny promise to write to her the longest of long letters. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

There was always a competition as to who should get the longest row of pins. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

William Cowper Stillest streams Oft water fairest meadows; and the bird That flutters least is longest on the wing. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

It was a curious epistle, far the longest he had ever written me, and its size made me understand his loneliness. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Daniel Defoe Conquest, as by the moderns ’tis express’d, May give a title to the lands possess’d; But that the longest sword should be so civil, To make a Frenchman English, that’s the devil. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Of the three, Mrs. Turke had the longest refused to believe the evidence afforded by her very shrewd senses. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope All one can do is to wait till the long night gradually wears itself away, and reflect that, Time and the hour run through the longest day. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Take that from me, Dick.” Andrew paused after probably the longest speech he had ever made in his life. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

George Gissing At three o’clock, as he sat in the book-cumbered room, smoking his longest pipe — for he wished to receive the visitor with every appearance of philosophic repose — Louis joined him. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Lay me down on the ground — at your feet — so! I shall live longest that way, and I have much to tell. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Henry Fielding We will conclude this digression with one general and short observation, which will, perhaps, set the whole matter in a clearer light than the longest and most labored harangue. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

The drawer of the next longest straw was the murderer. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

It was the longest proposal Rachel had ever had, and she had had many. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

The longest period he ever passed at school were two years at Westminster, but he was constantly moved from one school to another. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

William Cowper What longest binds the closest, forms secure The shapely side, that as it rises takes By just degrees an overhanging breadth, Sheltering the base with its projected eaves. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

The progress of all species of bêche-de-mer is sedate and cautious, and this, probably the longest and the weakest and limpest of all, surpasses the race in deliberateness. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Nellie Bly Ah! that was indeed the longest day I had ever lived. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Henry James She held her head erect through the longest and dullest sermon, and came out of the place of worship with her fine face embellished by the publicity of her virtue. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Charles Dickens Suppressing that part of his reply which was much the longest part, his reply was, “A pair of braces. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

But he who lives longest is most exposed to it. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Elizabeth Gaskell When the first shock was over, the three sisters began to enjoy the full relish of meeting again, after the longest separation they had had in their lives. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

It left them continually to take the longest way, laying itself out in leisurely curves round low uplands, but always meeting them again a few miles farther on, growing more stately with every detour. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

His longest poem, Loch Leven, shows the influence of Thomson. His best is his Elegy. His promising career was cut short by consumption in 1767. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Charles Dickens It was not until he had several times walked up and down with folded arms, and the longest strides be could take, and had kicked a great many small articles out of his way, that his lip began to curl. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Beyond these meadows there was a long shady lane that led behind the house to Doncaster. It was a path rarely chosen by any of the household at the Park, as it was the longest way to the town. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The defects were dwelt upon in the Revue de Paris, soon after the book’s first part came out, in probably the longest critical article devoted to any single one of Balzac’s writings. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

H. G. Wells I was awake longest that night. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Those who had known him longest had the least notion; but it may be added that no one knew him well. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

His longest visit was paid to Hazlewood, and here his tidings afforded real and unmixed satisfaction. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Jonathan Swift I see nothing else in the modern way of making war but that the side which can hold out longest will end it with most advantage. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Dawes took it, and tearing it into unequal lengths, handed the fragments to Mooney. “The longest is the one,” said the blind man. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Sinclair Lewis He was making perhaps the longest oration of his life. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James The upper classes have the longest ears. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Jules Verne The longest days of the year had now arrived; that is, the sun, in these high latitudes, did not set, and reached the highest point of the spirals which it described above the horizon. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins The first and longest of the Extracts produced the most vivid impression in Court. Evidently the writer was in this case a worthy and sensible person. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

William Henry Bragg We were also able to assign the longest range of about 7 cm. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

E. Nesbi You take the longest bit of candle, and, oh — be quick, for this bit won’t burn long. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Robert Louis Stevenson The longest argument is but a finger pointed; once we get our own finger rightly parallel, and we see what the man meant, whether it be a new star or an old street-lamp. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Of all our capabilities this is the one which clings longest to us. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan Every poem he gives us costs three hundred francs and the longest has not two hundred lines. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Sinclair Lewis The longest struggle of the Good Citizens’ League was against the Open Shop — which was secretly a struggle against all union labor. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

The longest recorded term of office in the Yelkin Paddock was six months; but that boundary-rider had his reasons: he was wanted by the police. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

And I suppose you are the man I’ve known the longest in the world. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jane Austen Sir Thomas, poor Sir Thomas, a parent, and conscious of errors in his own conduct as a parent, was the longest to suffer. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope The De Oratore is by far the longest of his works on rhetoric, and, as I think, the pleasantest to read. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Those who live longest will see most. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

But it was at Tormance that he stared the longest and the most earnestly. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. P. Lovecraf His longest and most ambitious poem, The Hashish–Eater, is in pentameter blank verse; and opens up chaotic and incredible vistas of kaleidoscopic nightmare in the spaces between the stars. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Arthur Machen They argued all the way out of Midlingham, one saying that the high road was the quickest though it was the longest way. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Who is there who has not lost something in the years gone by, which earth’s longest future cannot restore? Only eternity can give back the ravished treasures of the dead years. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Theodore Dreiser These were the kind of men with whom he would converse longest and most seriously. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

It is in his songs that his soul comes out fullest, freest, brightest; it is as a song-writer that his fame has spread widest, and will longest last. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Thomas Hardy She selected — as much from want of spirit as design — her poorest, plainest and longest discarded attire. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson But the letter she spent longest over was the one she kept till the last — till Richard had retired to his room. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling We are very slightly changed From the semi-apes who ranged    India’s prehistoric clay; Whoso drew the longest bow, Ran his brother down, you know,    As we run men down today. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

It was not only the longest I have ever known, but it was by far the dreariest, and, if I may use the word in this connection, the most unearthly. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton For it is a singular fact that although extreme Protestantism is dying in elaborate and over-refined civilisation, yet it is the barbaric patches of it that live longest and die last. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Edith Wharton The longest to bring round was Lady Wrench. Her husband has taken a fancy to Zinnie, and he’s so mortally bored by life in general that his wife clutches at anything that may amuse him. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The longest wave is quickly lost in the sea. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Andrew Lang Not a house was to be seen; the only shelter he could get was the hollow trunk of a great tree, and there he crouched all the night which seemed to him the longest he had ever known. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Lawson He laid the longest strip by the side of the corpse, which he proceeded to lift on to it. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

The greatest thrill of all and the one longest remembered in the hamlet, was provided by the visit of a cheap-jack about half-way through the decade. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Edith Wharton What was the use of fine motives if, once the ardour fallen, even they left one in the lurch? She thought: “I feel like the oldest person in the world, and yet with the longest life ahead of me . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Wilkie Collins In a last and longest pause of silence between them, the next event happened. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

William Dampier The longest side, which lies to the east, is about 30 leagues long, and the other two about 20 leagues each. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Anthony Trollope It’s my belief that I shall hate the sound of a piano the longest day that I shall live. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

She has it now as she has everything he ever had; and that Corsican palace is the portion that will stick the longest to Dona Rita, I imagine. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Arnold Bennett Her whole life was in that office, and it was just when she was most weary of the environment that she would vacillate longest before quitting it. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

W. H. Hudson The polished intensely white surfaces of such skulls as had been longest exposed to the sun reflected the noonday light so powerfully that it almost pained the eyes to look at them. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

D. H. Lawrence Ah, well, everything comes to an end, even the longest up-climb. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence Giuseppino had been longest in the village. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

E. F. Benson But with the longest line of which she was capable she could not reach that channel of deep water, and if she did not do that she might as usefully go a-fishing in a pail, like Simple Simon. But . The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

H. G. Wells By nature Alexander had a long face, but at that moment with audible defeat before him, he seemed the longest and dismallest face, all face, that I have ever seen. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Tobias Smolle I know who I’m bound to pray for, and who I ought to curse the longest day I have to live. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope It was, however, generally felt that, though Mr Slow was the slowest in his speech, Mr Bideawhile was the longest in getting anything said. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Robert Louis Stevenson The longest and most abstruse flight of a philosopher becomes clear and shallow, in the flash of a moment, when we suddenly perceive the aspect and drift of his intention. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Time and the hour will end the longest day; and then must come the title, and estates, and a quiet heart at last. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

H.P. Lovecraft She, with an infant son born in Africa, had accompanied him back from the second and longest of his trips, and had gone with him on the third and last, never returning. Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Augustine Birrell His longest reported speech will be found in the Parliamentary History, vol. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]