Phrases with "means"

Conway, whom experience had taught that rudeness is by no means a guarantee of good faith, was even less inclined to regard a well-turned phrase as a proof of insincerity. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

We had no means of knowing the time, but we sat anxiously watching at Gertrude’s window. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

It means deprivation, humiliation, degradation, the severance of friends. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

He may possibly prefer such a bridegroom as less likely to make himself obnoxious by putting awkward questions about poor Tom Halliday’s money, every sixpence of which he means to keep, of course. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Oh God! Oh God!!” * FAIRE UNE PEAU, literally, to make a skin, means to kill a person in what they call an honorable cause, as for instance the celebrated Corsican vendetta. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Elizabeth Gaskell You may depend upon it, he means it as a mark of high favour!” “What right had he to send it me?” asked Ruth, still in her quiet voice. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Flannelly would soon get shut of them: he means to have no whiskey making on the land! Let me alone to eject those fellows. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Anthony Trollope The evening was by no means thrown away, for he learned much of his trade from Mr Ratler. And Mr Ratler was heard to declare afterwards at Loughlinter that Mr Finn was a pleasant young man. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The first incident of the war did not seem superficially encouraging, though the hero of it seemed by no means discouraged by it. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Anthony Trollope It was found that the Squire had left behind him something like forty thousand pounds, so that the son was by no means to be regarded as a poor man. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

David Hume By means of such compositions, virtue becomes amiable, science agreeable, company instructive, and retirement entertaining. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

If I arrived at ten-thirty, he promised to have a means of entrance prepared. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

A long-suffering uncle named Contarine, who had already more than once interposed on his behalf, now provided means to send him to London to study law. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anthony Trollope How could he expect her to be true to him unless he took some means of showing himself to be true to her? In these days he did not live very much with her brother. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton I am by no means sure that I believe it myself, but I am quite sure that it is worth a man’s uttering and defending. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Henry Fielding But though I then thought Mrs. Ellison’s intentions to be most kind and friendly, yet the means she used were utterly ineffectual, and appeared to me injudicious. Amelia by Henry Fielding

His mind was occupied with thoughts of two women who had made a profound impression upon his by no means susceptible heart that day. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Wolfe George observed Mrs. Purvis closely in her relations with people and found out that she was by no means so agitated at the spectacle of human suffering. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins The other side discloses a broad doorway (closed by a canvas screen), which serves as a means of communication with an inner apartment, devoted to the superior officers. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Wilkie Collins I want your advice on the best means of discovering the writers; and I have also a very important question to ask you. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Gertrude Stein All the coats have a different shape, that does not mean that they differ in color, it means a union between use and exercise and a horse. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

William Godwin The dervise accordingly laid himself on a sopha, and by means of certain cabalistic words, transported his soul into the body of the nightingale, and began to sing. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Ann Radcliffe On these she rested all her future hopes of prosperity, and regarded the matrimonial alliance which he might form as the only means of extricating his family from their present difficulties. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Khamis, like myself, was very anxious to complete his journey, and tried every conceivable means to entice his crew away, but he failed as signally as I did. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Jules Verne Their hair, divided into a great number of small tresses, fell over their shoulders, and by means of black-and-blue incisions they had tattooed their cheeks from the temples to the mouth. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Sinclair Lewis I don’t know the philosophy of it; perhaps it means that we retain a decent simplicity, no matter how much we are tied to Things, to houses and motors and expensive wives. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

William Hope Hodgson As it was, I wanted merely, by means of my trifling bribes, to make you think I was going to run the stuff through in the way I explained so carefully. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Sinclair Lewis Seven means we’ll get ready to follow all the European nations in trying to hog the whole world. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins I admit the force of the objection; but I can tell you, at the same time, that these said contingencies are by no means so improbable as they may look on the face of them. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Walter Scott Oh, no, no! never would I survive the thought that my frailties and infirmities had been the means to sever this goodly fellowship of assembled princes. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Perceiving D’Artagnan, he put the silk aside, and came to meet him, by no means radiant with joy, and by no means courteous, but, take it altogether, in a tolerably civil manner. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Henry James She is by no means sure that if being married to her beautiful baronet is not the ideal state she dreamed it, the weak point of the affair is not simply in her own presumption. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

G. K. Chesterton Of what he was thinking about he was by no means fully conscious. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Testimony and argument alike would imply a doubt that your Honor means to perform your sworn duty. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope If I can help him with money, by paying his debts and giving him means to live, I will do so. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Jules Verne The doctor took his bearings, by means of lunar observations, and consulted the excellent map that he had with him for his guidance. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Henry James She means to write to you – I suppose she can address to the ‘Sun and Moon’? – and I hope you’ll go to her house, if she proposes a day. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

But his piercing eyes could by no means penetrate the sombre depths of Cromwell’s. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H. G. Wells He answered her no words but pulled himself up from his crawling attitude by means of the alder stem, and hacked at her thongs with the sharp edge of his axe. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Horatio’s means were exceedingly limited; but on a word from his cousin, he eagerly besought him to have recourse to his purse. Lodore by Mary Shelley

E. Phillips Oppenheim I want you to remember that there is a price set upon you and he means to earn it. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Wilkie Collins So did the merciless irony of circumstances make Launce the innocent means of exposing his own secret to discovery. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

She was by no means young, as I then counted youthpast thirty, I suppose — and with an air that was very quiet, and friendly, and engaging. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D’Artagnan, in particular, had a perpetual buzzing in his ears, which Porthos explained thus: “A very great lady has told me that this means that somebody is talking of you somewhere. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

H. G. Wells The common traffic of the city, the common currency indeed of all the world, was conducted by means of the little brown, green and pink council cheques for small amounts, printed with a blank payee. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

These also will be fitted for their new way of life, and taught to aim at the happiness enjoyed in this community, by the same means that they have attained to it. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Here we landed, and secured the boat by means of a small grappling-iron, which we thrust into the ice. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

D. H. Lawrence For her it means failure to live, failure to establish her own life on the face of the earth. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne You understand him, my friends, he means a courageous man. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling That means mining rights; and that means a few thousand coolies and a settled administration such as obtains in the big Indian collieries, where the heads of the mines are responsible kings. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

That reality is ‘independent’ means that there is something in every experience that escapes our arbitrary control. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Unhappily, however, for the parish clerk, the ghost was induced to make some promises which were the means of utterly destroying its reputation. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry Handel Richardson What a dreadful man the husband must be! “For she really is the dearest little woman, Richard. And means so well with every one — I’ve never heard her say a sharp or unkind word. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Abraham Merri They longed for their kind and sought ever for means to regain their place among them. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

But on the whole it was by no means a safe thing to cross his path; and few who did so came off altogether scathless. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Nor could he find anything which went to show the means by which that disappearance had been effected. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Arnold Bennett Why, then, should the presence of means induce him to go? There was no logical reason. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He is a man of taste and science, but a collection formed strictly according to their dictates, would by no means satisfy the western metropolis. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Joseph Furphy But I never had opportunity to master any more complicated instrument; and even if I had, it would n’t be much use, for I know only about three tunes, and these by no means perfectly. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

We are in darkness in this matter, and I know of no means by which one might be enabled to throw light upon it. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Gissing Mr. Gresham’s reputation as a successful artist had continued to grow, and had brought him an increase of wealth, which he regarded by no means the least important of its consequences. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Hence it is by no means surprising that one species should retain the same identical form much longer than others; or, if changing, should change in a less degree. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Where there was no want, men no longer bartered their souls, or women their bodies, for the means to keep themselves alive. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Caldigate, though he had been very foolish, though he had loved to slaughter rats and rabbits, and to romp with the girls at Babington, was by no means a fool. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

He has been seeing her with the dangerous advantages which a mother knows how to give her daughter in the family circle, and with no means of comparing her with other girls. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope And Silverbridge himself was by no means a first-rate shot. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Hitherto he had had no means of learning whether Sidwell would bring her husband a dowry substantial enough to be considered. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Theodore Dreiser Aileen was by no means so vastly better, still she was young and amenable and adaptable, and could still be improved. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith Every bill of her establishment was paid without stint by Mr. Howell Edwards, the earl’s manager of mines; but she had not even the means for a journey to the Gowerland rocks she longed to see. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope Then, when Mountjoy was nobody, he half paid the creditors by means of my assistance. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman She studied my face, trying to work out a means of clear explanation. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Thomas Love Peacock Mr Escot. That is by no means a consequence. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Perhaps it means that we haven’t got very far. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

I doctored it — for the ownerstempted by a low rascal called Cloete. “Cloete does not understand what it means exactly. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

George Meredith They were by no means tart; only, as you know, the tooth is apprehensively nervous; an uninviting sign will set it on edge. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wragg was to be the innocent means of execution, the passive knife in the guillotine, and she felt her position and was tacitly apologising for it. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

But no man may win to faith by means of hatred alone, and his heart was cold as the marble table against which he leant. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

I turned over in my mind every means of escape, but all avenues to it were shut. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Wilkie Collins I shall be the blessed means of casting you back on the streets. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

It seems he had inspired them with audacity by means of kicks, blows, and threats of instant death, after the manner of Bluenose sailors. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

We shook hands,” said Mr. Gresley. “I sometimes think Walsh means well, and that he may be a good-hearted man after all. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labour of others by means of such appropriation. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

But there are exceptions, though few, to the general rule — exceptions, when the conscience lies utterly dead, and when good or bad are things indifferent but as means to some selfish end. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Jules Verne Barbicane had regulated his chronometer to the tenth part of a second by that of Murchison the engineer, who was charged with the duty of firing the gun by means of an electric spark. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

H. G. Wells It means something new in the world is being born again, Mary. And strangely. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

John Galsworthy Monkeys are only safe when deprived of means to be otherwise. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Guy de Maupassan I employed the means which a man always does under such circumstances, and pretended that I was going to be away from home for a day, and whenever I did this my wife went out to lunch. One Evening by Guy de Maupassan

Dr. Arnold’s energies were by no means exhausted by his duties at Rugby. He became known not merely as a headmaster, but as a public man. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Theodore Dreiser I’ll get out of this thing after a while, and when I do I’ll show some of these petty little politicians what it means to put up a real fight. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis As the WHAT it means the Essence of things, or the Esse Essentiæ. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton But what Meredith did do for women was not to emancipate them (which means nothing) but to express them, which means a great deal. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

H. G. Wells I had no means of reaching the land unless I should chance to drift there. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell He would talk if he could, you know; but I can tell what he means quite as one as if he spoke. Libbie Marsh’s Three Eras by Elizabeth Gaskell [1847]

If the ground were rough, he would pull himself forwards by means of his fore-legs at a pretty good pace, and he invariably immediately shaped his course towards the nearest tree. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Charles Dickens Its width is so contracted at one point, indeed, that they are obliged to warp round by means of a rope. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Maria Edgeworth Surely, by means of the machinery of masters, and governesses, and schools, the manufacture of education might be carried on without incommoding those who desire to see only the finished production. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Your dishonor I could not survive; but there is a means of escape — that of marrying our noble friend. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Francis Bacon This should first be tried by simple continuance, and then by means of helps and consents. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Wilkie Collins The hope, if I could only live long enough, of increasing it to a certain sum, has impelled me to resist the disease by such palliative means as I could devise. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Nikolai Gogol But many active and apprehensive persons could by no means reassure themselves, and asserted that the dead tchinovnik still showed himself in distant parts of the city. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

Virginia Woolf But Gronovius was by no means the only scholar who resented the success of a rival with a rancour that grey hairs and forty years spent in editing the classics failed to subdue. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The expectation of General Scott, that further bloodshed might be avoided by means of the armistice, proved deceptive. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope Their engagement, therefore, had by no means been broken. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Thomas Hardy I will not enter into details except to say that I have taken her name — as a means of escape from mine, and its wrongs. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Mr. Ripley has by no means an easy row to hoe. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Sir Walter Scott Besides all these defences, they were by no means confident in the truth of the old dame’s assertion, that she alone composed the garrison. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He just wasted his time and lived a fast life on the small means that were his. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

George Gissing Perhaps it means you won’t allow yourself to say?’ ‘No, Maud doesn’t tell me about things of that kind. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Owney could not for the life of him avoid cutting a hole in the bag, to have a peep about the kitchen, and see whether he had no means of escape. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

But, somehow, Aunt Rebecca was by no means angry. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Into the Italian service he knew many a scoundrel was received unquestioned; and he might try the Western world; though he had no means to pay the passage, he might work it; he was a good sailor. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Wilkie Collins It was plain to him, as it was plain to me, that Nugent had gone to meet the German, with the purpose of making Herr Grosse the innocent means of bringing him into the house. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

There was one way, and one only, by means of which this intolerable weight might be shifted from his shoulders. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Arnold Bennett But I was vague when I told you I’d see what could be done about your mother — and look at what I did, and how quickly and easily I did it! When I’m vague, it means a lot. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Anthony Trollope Of late the Dean of Brotherton had become very intimate at Manor Cross. For some years the ladies had been a little afraid of him, as they were by no means given to free opinions. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Henry James She has made up her mind that you have formed a connection by means of which you will come, somehow or other, into your own. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson By means of an end of cord I slung it under one arm; and although the cord cut my shoulder, and the jacket hung almost to the ground, it was with a heart greatly lightened that I set forth again. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

While the belief is by no means confined to the leisure class, that class today comprises a disproportionately large number of believers in occult sciences of all kinds and shades. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

He can have no idea of what it means to be the daughter of Mr. de Barral — even after his enemies had smashed him. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Noel was assailable by means of Juliette, and through her was at the mercy of everything and every one. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Travelling now upon the right bank of this stream, we cut off most of the bends, which, however, were by no means so extensive or so serpentine as in the glen or on the south side of it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope Lord George had never been an errand boy, and the Aberdeen lawyer — as provincial Scotch lawyers go — had been by no means disreputable. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens As to you, I have nothing against you; what you came and told me turns out to be true, and I have given you the means of proving it to be true, and there’s an end of it. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Henry James We have approached him, perhaps, at a not especially favorable moment; he is by no means sitting for his portrait. The American by Henry James [1877]

E. F. Benson She means to cut a dash in London, and lead London by the nose. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Ann Radcliffe But the Baron had been informed of his projected escape, and had studied the means of counteracting it. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

H. G. Wells The only possible reply to a poor rebel revolution is going right on to a better and bigger creative revolution, and that means a new order of things altogether. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Edgar Allan Poe That a truly Greek hexameter cannot, however, be readily composed in English, is a proposition which I am by no means inclined to admit. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

D. H. Lawrence Psanek means an outlaw; did you know?’ ‘I did not. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Ubique means the dancing plain that changes rocks to Boers. Ubique means the mirage again an’ shellin’ all outdoors. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Leslie Stephen The laughers who join you in ridiculing your enemy, are by no means pledged to refrain from laughing in turn at the laugher. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle I fear this means that there is some mischief afoot. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Anthony Trollope He had returned to Rome by means of Cæsar’s amnesty, and Marc Antony had him murdered because he would not surrender some treasures of art. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells He was by no means absolutely despairful. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

No lady would make use of any such means of death as that. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

His first wish was aggrandisement; and the means that led towards this end were secondary considerations. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

And yet if I’d been smoother, where would his demands have ended? No; concession in these cases means ruin. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

John Galsworthy I have no means of judging between the conflicting evidence of these two affidavits except in so far that it is in the proportion of four to one, and I must therefore dismiss it from my mind. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Rafael Sabatini But in the haste of his departure he had neglected to obtain supplies from him, and of course from Casopo there had been no means of communicating with his partner. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

John Morley Our identity does by no means consist in a historic continuity of tissues, but in an organic moral coherency of relation. Voltaire by John Morley

H. G. Wells We have no means beyond a dwindling amount of small change out of a gold coin, upon which I suppose in ethics and the law some native Utopian had a better claim. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Charles Kingsley And Miranda, whose heart was full of courage as long as she felt her husband near her, went so far as to plan a means of escape which seemed possible and hopeful. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Henry Fielding And hence arose all that seeming generosity and indifference as to the payment; Trent being satisfied with the obligation conferred on Booth, by means of which he hoped to effect his purpose. Amelia by Henry Fielding

With him falsehood was not more frequently a means than an end; for he would not only lie without a purpose but at a sacrifice. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Sinclair Lewis She was by no means always a nagger and an improver; she was so only when her interests or what she deemed the interests of her children were threatened. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

A question arises as to the source from which he obtained the means for these and subsequent luxuries, in striking contrast with Goldsmith’s walking-stick, knapsack, and flute. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Omens. Among the other means of self-annoyance upon which men have stumbled, in their vain hope of discovering the future, signs and omens hold a conspicuous place. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Though he was reluctant to admit it, even to himself, he was by no means easy in his mind about “his boys,” as he had come to think of them. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He looked at his clerk as though he failed to recognize him, and I could see by the astonishment depicted upon our conductor’s face that this was by no means the usual appearance of his employer. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

When there was extra work to be done, he would give his servants a dram, but he was by no means over-flush in this way. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

But that extent by no means represents the whole; our next march will prolong it along the valley for a total of at least four miles. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

George Gissing I know, as only one with my experience can, all that is involved in the possession of means to live. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

H. G. Wells It is only that another more vivid reaction-memory-and-event system has established a by no means perfect control over what are called the voluntary muscles of your body. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing At this rate I think I shall get married, and live beyond my means until I can hold out no longer, and then hand my wife over to her relatives, with my compliments. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Virginia Woolf In the second place, the word “craft” means cajolery, cunning, deceit. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Later he fulminated against the Clerkenwell explosions being a means of bringing the Irish question within the range of practical politics. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Henry James But I’m by no means sure that you wouldn’t be disappointed. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

H. G. Wells B replies by wireless telegraphy that he is now in the act of bombarding the chief manufacturing city of A by means of three raider airships. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Olaf Stapledon We are merely completing the fragmentary observed sequence by means of an unobserved but coherent system of events of the same order. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

The man writhed in his bonds, but whether from pain or fright Kennedy had no means of knowing — and, to do him justice, did not particularly care. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

That means the end of the Jews!” “What! have you only got as far as that?” came the welcome interruption of a cheery voice. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Virginia Woolf And, indeed, this background was by no means out of keeping with her thoughts. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Ambrosio was by no means disposed to grant the petition of his Visitor. He refused it positively, and bad the Lay–Brother tell the Stranger to return the next day. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

And especially he was the particular friend of all returned exiles, helping them with purse and advice, arranging their affairs and finding them means of livelihood. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

John Stuart Mill For, in the first place, there is always some sacrifice of personal interest required; either of social consequence, or of pecuniary means; perhaps the risk of even the means of subsistence. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Wilkie Collins In a moment more, my pipe and pouch were in my hand — but I had lost or mislaid the means of lighting the tobacco. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Meredith The army has been said to be numerous; if to be numerous and brave, means to deserve victory, let the Italian generals prove what Italian soldiers are worthy of. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

G. K. Chesterton It means that he had decided what sort of novel he would write, before he had decided what novel he would write; and this is right and inevitable. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Oliver Goldsmith This information, however, did by no means satisfy me. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

I would merely mention that I am about to inform the Horse Guards that Mr. Stanbrough, at that time your pupil, obtained his commission by means of a fraud, of which fraud you were aware. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

H. G. Wells And speaking of these things, the poor creature gave a picture of diabolical life that impressed the Author as by no means unpleasant for anyone with a suitable constitution. The Wild Asses of the Devil by H. G. Wells [1915]

Guy de Maupassant My father at last overcame her resistance by means of a big present of money, and started the pair of them on a farm — this very farm. The Farmer’s Wife (Le Fermier) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

The means at the disposal of the people of Graglia were insufficient for the end they had in view, but subscriptions came in freely from other quarters. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Washington Irving His mother was left with little more than the means of providing for the wants of her household, and was unable to furnish him any remittances. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

E. F. Benson I shall lay bare the place, even if it means scrapping the asparagus bed. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Andrew Lang He was put to bed and means used for his recovery, but when he came out of the fit he was raving mad and talked of such frightful things that his family were quite terrified. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens But, this was by no means the worst of the change wrought out in the naturally loving and cheery little creature as the solitary day wore on. Tom Tiddler’s Ground by Charles Dickens [1861]

James Hogg But I chanced to have no weapon at that time, nor any means of inflicting due punishment on the caitiff, which would not have been returned double on my head by him and his graceless associates. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Anthony Trollope You have to see your lawyer which means going to your club; or to attend to your tenants which means hunting and shooting. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James I never heard she found means to return. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

I get pretty well paid, and it means fun. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope I don’t suppose he means to be undutiful. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Meredith She part smiles; she keeps her mouth shut, but there’s the dimple, and it means a thought, like a bubble bursting up from the heart in her breast. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Richard Burton The Indians are not so numerous in proportion here as at Meccah; still Hindustani is by no means uncommonly heard in the streets. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Benjamin Disraeli Now in Paris you can dine every day exactly as it suits your means and mood. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Walter Crane This may be termed drawing by means of light, and may be contrasted with the opposite method of working by means of black line only on a light ground, or drawing by means of shade (as in b, p. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Anthony Trollope No allusion had been made to the salary of the office which would be offered to him, or to the terrible shortness of his own means of living. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

To a girl everything a young man does is of significance; and if he holds a shaving down with his foot while she pokes through it with her parasol, she must ask herself what he means by it. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Now the earl was by no means given to cursing and swearing, in the sense which is ordinarily applied to these words. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

William Morris The first step towards making labour attractive is to get the means of making labour fruitful, the Capital, including the land, machinery, factories, &c. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I went to Devonshire with the conviction that Fitzroy Simpson was the true culprit, although, of course, I saw that the evidence against him was by no means complete. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anthony Trollope Roden was quite sure that some evil was to happen, so cold and unfriendly was the manner of the man; but still he followed, having now no means of escape. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing He seems to be a friend of Ackroyd’s, too; I must try to get at Ackroyd by means of him. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Madame de la Motte told him by no means to do so, as he would thereby offend her majesty. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Sigmund Freud It will be readily understood how far this representation by means of identification may circumvent the censoring resistance which sets up such harsh conditions for the dream-work. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Gertrude Stein A bloom on a red thing means that there is a single country. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

William Godwin This rider the prince is fated to throw down, by means of an enchanted arrow, and thus to dissolve the charm which had been fatal to thousands. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

But I think, in a general way, congenial work means successful work. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

At last, supported by cushions, he continued, by means of a dictated correspondence, to exert his accustomed rule. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

This was the means by which Dr. Arnold hoped to turn Rugby into ‘a place of really Christian education’. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey