Phrases with "nostrils"

Arnold Bennett Miss Gailey’s nostrils were twitching, and the tears stood in those watery eyes. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

And at that moment there stole into her nostrils a warm, evil smell, forgotten these eight months but unutterably familiar — the smell of glue. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Thomas Wolfe Here the lady’s nostrils curved again in a faint dilation of patronising scorn; nevertheless, she could not help feeling a pleasant sense of triumph that she had landed him. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Ford Madox Ford He felt his nostrils to be inordinately dilated so that the air pouring into them was cold. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Thus encouraged, Gerard fired the eyes and nostrils of the image and made the cure jump. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Ford Madox Ford He took the hooded lamps from Tietjens and began to press the candles up against the inner springs, snorting sedulously through his nostrils . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Oscar Wilde He heaved a deep breath, and his nostrils quivered with pleasure. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

G. K. Chesterton For a moment their eyes and nostrils were stopped with darkness and opaque cloud; then the darkness warmed into a kind of brown fog. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Both sexes had jewels and ornaments of gold round their necks, while their ears and nostrils were perforated with rings of the same metal. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope Her lips would curl, and her nostrils would be dilated, and her eyes would flash fire on him as she passed him. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

H. G. Wells Eudena’s eyes were closed and her features were set, and she lay so still that for a moment the old woman feared she was dead until her nostrils quivered. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Everything was as bright as day, and the smoke from the horses’ nostrils clouded the air. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Gustave Flauber She opened her nostrils and inhaled with a mystic sensuousness; then she closed her lids. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Anthony Trollope The faintest possible smile of derision played round her mouth, and her nostrils were slightly dilated, as if in sure anticipation of her triumph. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison And instantly Dorrington’s nostrils were filled with the smell of escaping gas. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Algernon Blackwood I smelt the night, I smelt the coolness of very early morning, but there was another subtler, wilder perfume, that came to my nostrils with a deep thrill of happiness I could not name. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Edgar Allan Poe There were the same luxurious smoothness of surface, the same scarcely perceptible tendency to the aquiline, the same harmoniously curved nostrils speaking the free spirit. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

Virginia Woolf Between the spasms of the storm, Helen made the curtain fast, shook the pillows, stretched the bed-clothes, and smoothed the hot nostrils and forehead with cold scent. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Algernon Blackwood Even Hank and Défago, subtly in league with the soul of the woods as they were, would probably have spread their delicate nostrils in vain. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

From time to time his nostrils dilated as if eager for the smell of powder, and he panted like a horse. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

His bearing was stately, but his nostrils were extraordinarily expanded, and he controlled his voice with apparent effort. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

We crossed two short cuts over long bends in the Wady; and at the second found a pot-hole of rain-water by no means fragrant, except to nostrils that love impure ammonia. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Gustave Flauber The Greeks made the horses rear and fall back upon their masters by pricking their nostrils with the points of their lances. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Wilkie Collins When a man has a nose an inch long, with the nostrils set perpendicularly, it is impossible to flatter it — you must either change it into a fancy nose, or resignedly acquiesce in it. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell One cannot judge of the shape of a nose from a full-face miniature, but the nostrils were clearly cut and largely opened. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Only Corinius kept some spring of his old valiancy and portly bearing, seated with arms akimbo over against the King, his heavy under-jaw set forward and his nostrils wide. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

He died without the happiness of bringing his archi-episcopal nostrils in contact with the sage and onions of wiser generations, and thinks that a little salt is enough. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

E. F. Benson That my eyes told me; my ears told me that he stumbled on a stone; my nostrils told me that the air I breathed was of an overpowering foulness, and my soul told me that it was sick unto death. Between the Lights by E. F. Benson

Jack London His muzzle went up, his tail stiffened, and his nostrils dilated as he scented the air. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Algernon Blackwood Eyes, ears and nostrils were inadequate to report a beauty which, simple though it was, overbore nerves and senses accustomed to a lesser scale. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Meredith The margravine was snuffing her nostrils up contemptuously. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Francis Bacon Again, persons whose nostrils are accidentally obstructed by a catarrh cannot distinguish or perceive anything putrid or rancid or sprinkled with rosewater. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Ford Madox Ford It was the first time in his life that he had ever forgotten to look at an animal’s hoofs, fetlocks, knees, nostrils and eyes, and to take a pull at the girth before climbing into the saddle. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Willa Cather In singing, one made a vessel of one’s throat and nostrils and held it on one’s breath, caught the stream in a scale of natural intervals. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Oscar Wilde His finely-chiselled nostrils quivered, and some hidden nerve shook the scarlet of his lips and left them trembling. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Corpang’s nostrils swelled, and he held himself more proudly. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

She was called Sashenka. There was something manly in her walk and movements; she knit her thick, dark eyebrows in a frown, and when she spoke the thin nostrils of her straight nose quivered. Mother by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells Lord Horatio stood very still at his desk, dilating and contracting his nostrils almost as though he was doing breathing exercises. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Arthur Machen It might have been a piece of work by Burke and Hare, the doctor reflected; a pitch plaster might have been clapped over the man’s mouth and nostrils and held there. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Rudyard Kipling His nostrils expanded, and he drummed on the edge of the Japanese jar with his knuckles. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Henry Kingsley Brave Widderin had his ears back now, and was throwing his breath regularly through his nostrils in deep sighs. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

H. Rider Haggard What think you, Baas? — all night long I have sat upon that great stool, while those accursed dogs burnt stinking stuff beneath my nostrils and muttered nonsense. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

The spirit of the gamble gets into one’s veins like the breath of the battle into the nostrils of the soldier. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

A flying fragment of that collapse, a mere splash, enveloped them in one swirl from their feet over their heads, filling violently their ears, mouths and nostrils with salt water. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

George Gissing Her face, outlined to express a gentle gravity, was now haughtily passionate; nostrils and lips thrilled with wrath, and her eyes were magnificent in their dark fieriness. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

His nostrils were full of the good smell of damp earth; the smell of growing things. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Edith Wharton His nostrils were stained with snuff and he took a pinch from a tortoise-shell box set with the miniature of a lady; then he looked down at Odo and shrugged his shoulders. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

But my een and my nostrils werena idle, and I saw what I’ve telled ye. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

D. H. Lawrence Their eyes glittered through their tangle of hair, their naked nostrils were full of shadow. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

He turned pale, his face sharpened, and his nostrils quivered. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Meredith Smell of brine his nostrils filled with might: Nostrils quickened eyelids, eyelids hand: Hand for sword at right Groped, the great haft spanned. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

In my nostrils was an awful odor that I knew well enough. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Baldwin Spencer If the smell of any fish or food cooking at the main camp fire comes to her she must immediately close her nostrils with grass. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Ford Madox Ford He could still remember the fierce intaking of his breath through his nostrils that had come when Christopher had announced what had seemed to him then his ruinous intentions. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

But a flame of fire burned in her eyes, and her nostrils quivered with a convulsive movement. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Abraham Merri Over the blazing eyes the brows were knit in a rigid, golden bar; the delicate nostrils were pinched; the sweet red mouth was white and merciless. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Henry Handel Richardson Her nostrils tightened, and then, dilated, as they had a way of doing when she was annoyed. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Its nostrils widened to the breath of the dawn. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

The mixture in the vessel immediately began to hiss and to smoke, and a biting smell rose to my nostrils which caused me to cough violently. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

But Mongan knew what had happened, and he smiled with glee as he watched his astonished companions, and he sniffed that balmy air as one whose nostrils remembered it. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Rudyard Kipling His nostrils were distended, his eyes were fixed, and he was smiting himself softly on the breast. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Meredith Gazing, he remembered Lady Dunstane saying of her once, that in anger she had the nostrils of a war-horse. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Wilkie Collins The air was even more distasteful to my nostrils than to my lungs. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Anthony Trollope Her nostrils were dilated, and her eyes were bright with anger. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

H.P. Lovecraft For on my ears rang the reverberations of that shocking scream, while my nostrils revolted at the stench which filled the place. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

George Meredith Her nostrils took long draughts of air, but of the change of, scene she appeared scarcely sensible. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Thomas Hardy His horns were thick and tipped with brass; his two nostrils like the Thames Tunnel as seen in the perspective toys of yore. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Robert Louis Stevenson He has a keen scent after evil, but his nostrils are plugged against all good, as people plugged their nostrils before going about the streets of the plague-struck city. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim His nostrils were quivering, his expression tense. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Algernon Blackwood For, as I took the offered cake, there stole to my nostrils a faint perfume that made me tremble. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Jules Verne It was not a lamantin, but one of that species of the order of cetaceans, which bear the name of the “dugong,” for its nostrils were open at the upper part of its snout. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George MacDonald I was Adam, waiting for God to breathe into my nostrils the breath of life. Lilith by George MacDonald

George Meredith He neighed a laugh, though moods were rough With standards in revolt: His nostrils took the news for snuff, His smacking lips for salt. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith The woman’s nostrils bent inward, as when the breath we draw is keen as a sword to the heart. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Gissing The nostrils began to expand and to tremble a little; the eyes seemed to project themselves; the long throat grew longer. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Oscar Wilde Her eyes are coloured with stibium, and her nostrils are shaped like the wings of a swallow. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Henry Handel Richardson Brought up at length alongside a rail-and-post fence, the horse stood shaking and sweating, its red nostrils working like bellows, the marks of the lash on its lathered hide. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence The breath came and went through his nostrils invisibly. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

William Hope Hodgson I saw the face come up towards me, and one misshapen hand fluttered almost to my throat, and there came a sudden, hateful reek in my nostrils — foul and abominable. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

A little nearer, and you could smell a sickening sweetish stink that lived in my nostrils for weeks afterwards. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

M. P. Shiel Areta looked—mostly pale, averted,—with nostrils panting thorough-bred; now and then flushing into crimson; now and then rippling into sheer oblivion of laughter. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

He, from his nostrils and huge mouth, expires Black clouds of smoke, amidst his father’s fires, Gath’ring, with each repeated blast, the night, To make uncertain aim, and erring sight. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Jack London One night he sprang from sleep with a start, eager-eyed, nostrils quivering and scenting, his mane bristling in recurrent waves. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

All around grew a mass of feathery ferns such as hide and nestle in cool places, and up to Robin’s nostrils came the tender odor of the wild thyme, that loves the moist verges of running streams. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Walter Scott The very scent of the carrion — faugh — reached my nostrils at the distance where we stood. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

His smiles were wrung from him unwillingly, and two thin wrinkles were drawn from his nostrils to the corners of his lips. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy The lips and nostrils of the animal turned livid, then white, and the muscles of his limbs relaxed. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Mary Webb And John Meares o’ the public, he seed the red froth from his nostrils on the brakes one morning when he was ketching pheasants. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Olaf Stapledon Between the eyes, and rather above them, was a pair of great equine nostrils which were constantly in motion. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The appetizing odour of roast pork, however, assailed his nostrils directly he walked into the place, and he decided to have dinner first. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Isabella Bird His nostrils had been stuffed with moist mud and a chopped aromatic herb. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Ford Madox Ford Her nostrils twitched with a sort of contempt. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Walter Scott The dog also, according to her account, emitted flashes from its jaws and nostrils to illuminate the witches during the performance of the spell. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Edgar Allan Poe The perfume in my nostrils died away. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence He could look into the nostrils of the other man, the eyes he could scarcely see. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Behind came Art sniffing with the hungriest of nostrils on the sunny air, for it was five hours since they had eaten and more than three hours’ abstinence was painful to him. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

George Borrow He looked about uneasily: at last, coming to a sandy spot, he put his nostrils to the ground, and then suddenly flung himself down, and wallowed in true pony fashion. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

His feet did not touch the ground, and his nostrils breathed forth fire. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

My face was enormous, my mouth wide, my nostrils gaping, my lips pendulous, and I had a pair of immoderately long, rough, hairy ears. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Henry Handel Richardson In his agitation he forgot the rest he had intended to allow himself, and plodded on anew, the sweat trickling in runnels down his back, mouth and nostrils caked dry. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

His nostrils constantly heaved in a sort of simpering protest, as though he were offended by a bad smell. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The nostrils quivered slightly; the lips just parted. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

D.H. Lawrence His nostrils and mouth were crushed against her breast. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

George Eliot Like the waxen ideal, she had round blue eyes, and round nostrils in her little nose, and teeth such as the ideal would be seen to have, if it ever showed them. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

George Gissing And now, shall we forget them?’ His tone was not altogether suave; about his nostrils there was a suspicion of defiance. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Ford Madox Ford Sylvia’s nostrils were dilated. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

He stood fast, with expanded nostrils and terrible eyes. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Rudyard Kipling Then he blew thick smoke-wreaths through his nostrils and stretched himself. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

And now, in its den, it lay utterly dumb and mute, with distended nostrils forced hard against the grating, and disturbing with a heaving breath, the sand below on the arena. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

A perfume of spices, mingled with another perfume less exotic, but more penetrating, namely, that which arose from the street, ascended to salute the nostrils of the musketeer. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Then suddenly his nostrils were assailed with the strong smell of cigar smoke. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Maskull’s nostrils quivered at the savoury smell, but he was not yet to dine. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

John Galsworthy Do you get the bouquet, Em?” Lady Mont, who was holding her glass with her elbow on the table, moved her nostrils delicately. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Nathaniel Hawthorne But my nostrils snuffed up a scent of cigar-smoke, clouds of which the narrator had emitted by way of visible emblem, I suppose, of the nebulous obscurity of his tale. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

The mist in the air surrounded the lights with a halo, and my nostrils were filled with the acrid smell of burning leaves. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

His eyes sparkled and his nostrils dilated as if with pleasure. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Edgar Rice Burroughs He turned red as he compared it with the beautiful broad nostrils of his companion. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

W. H. Hudson And make your nostrils love again The steam of roasted armadillo. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

They compressed the nostrils with the fingers, while they inhaled the smoke, which they frequently swallowed. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Gustave Flauber He opened his nostrils the better to breathe in the perfume which exhaled from her person. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Mark Twain They sha’n’t touch a hair of your head!” she says, and I see her nostrils spread and her eyes snap when she said it, too. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

George Borrow So strenuously did he snore that the wind from his nostrils agitated, perceptibly, a fine cambric frill which he wore at his bosom. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Rudyard Kipling They prune their fruit trees as carefully as our barbers attend to men’s nostrils and ears. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Their headman, a young, broad-chested black, severely draped in dark-blue fringed cloths, with fierce nostrils and his hair all done up artfully in oily ringlets, stood near me. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Rudyard Kipling He had slid nearly ten yards, but he had had his revenge, and sat cracking his nostrils till the black pony rose. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Henry Fielding A savour now invaded his nostrils which he did not expect in the room of so sweet a young creature, and which might have probably had no good effect on a cooler lover. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Arnold Bennett With Sarah’s I’ve got to interfere, unfortunately, and a famous time I’m having!” His nostrils grew fastidious. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

The dank chill became a concentration of dank and deadly heat, pricking at him, entering his nostrils and his mouth. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

This morning he had had no bath of any kind, yet he felt cleaner than usual, and his eyes and nostrils and ears seemed to be uncommonly awake. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

George Meredith The nostrils now were faintly alive under some sensitive impression of her musings. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

John Galsworthy Drawing at the cigar, he took it out of his mouth again, held it away from him between two rather tapering-nailed fingers, and savoured with his nostrils the bluish smoke. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson There they stood, black with sweat, the sweat raining from them — literally raining — their heads down, their feet apart — and blood running thick from the nostrils of the mare. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Marjorie Bowen She shook and shuddered in the damp, trying to get out of her clothes and her nostrils — that indescribable smell. The Crown Derby Plate by Marjorie Bowen

Henry Handel Richardson As she ascended the stair, she raised her skirts, and her nostrils twitched displeased. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence She saw the curious whiteness round his nostrils and his eyes, the fixed hellish look on his face. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells This face had no nostrils — indeed, the Martians do not seem to have had any sense of smell, but it had a pair of very large dark-coloured eyes, and just beneath this a kind of fleshy beak. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

See how he puts his ears back every now and then; and his nostrils have an ugly nervous quiver. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He stood rigid, with head thrown back; his eyes rolled wildly, flashing; the dilated nostrils quivered. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Mark Twain You slit her nostrils — you notch her ears like a sow!” “By God, that’s —” “Keep your opinion to yourself! It will be safest for you. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

The Musketeer met with a superb Andalusian horse, black as jet, nostrils of fire, legs clean and elegant, rising six years. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Rudyard Kipling The clank of bayonets being unfixed made Dick’s nostrils quiver. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Then his face puckered up into a frown, for his nostrils were immediately assailed with an ether-like odor. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

James Joyce His nostrils arched themselves for prey. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arnold Bennett I don’t know —” He lifted his nostrils fastidiously and gazed at the fire. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Rudyard Kipling There was a flavour of farmyard in my nostrils and the shouting of a multitude in my ears. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

In the succeeding pause a faint enticement, a nostalgic breath of all the fields of Grasse, teased his nostrils and swam about his brain. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Gustave Flauber Then he rubbed the horses’ nostrils with blood to revive them. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

H. Rider Haggard It was a wonderful thing to see old Umslopogaas run mile after mile, his lips slightly parted and his nostrils agape like the horse’s. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Arnold Bennett There she was, dramatically, with her thick eyebrows, and the fine wide nostrils and the delicate lobe of the ear, and that mouth that would startlingly fasten on him and kiss the life out of him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Ivan Turgenev Colibri looked at him, smiling, and faintly dilated her nostrils over the edge of her cup. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

Her eyes as she lowered them were greeted with the smarting smoke of a cigar, and her nostrils with the smell that priced it. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Something hairily coarse ran harshly down my face; I grew blind; my mouth, my eyes, my nostrils were filled with dust; my breath shut in upon me became a flood of warm air. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The sweet scent in the air had faded, leaving in my nostrils the heavy odor of fern and forest mould. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Arnold Bennett Her nostrils scented life on the wind. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The nostrils of the horse were no longer above water, and the rider, who had lost the reins in struggling, fell with his head back and his arms extended. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

William Hope Hodgson There was a slight, hateful odour in my nostrils that was not altogether unfamiliar, and then, suddenly, I was aware that my face was damp and that there was a curious sense of tingling at my throat. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Mark Twain But so long as we kept our nostrils buried in our handkerchiefs, there was small danger of suffocation. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling Also there was a flavor of farm-yard in my nostrils and the shouting of a multitude in my ears. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Wilkie Collins The lower part of his face, from his nostrils to his chin, was hidden by a white handkerchief tied round it. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

John Galsworthy Soames looked at her, and his nostrils moved in a stealthy sniff. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

She wiped away the beads of sweat which stood on Lady Louisa’s forehead, touched her brow and nostrils with eau-deCologne, and sat down in her accustomed place. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Rudyard Kipling The mare seemed to be sinking by the stern, and her nostrils cracked while she was trying to realise what was happening. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Rudyard Kipling The messenger’s face glowed and his nostrils quivered with it. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Her husband tried to restrain her, but his effort was wasted; she waved him back with her hand, and went on to where the young man stood, with her head lifted and her nostrils quivering. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Brutalities unspeakable sit upon the upper lip, which is confluent with a snout; for separate nostrils there are none. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Gustave Flauber The nostrils of his delicate nose were broad and palpitating, and upon his whole person was displayed the indefinable splendour of those who are destined to great enterprises. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Thomas Hardy My nostrils told me, for — there, ‘a smelled. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Ford Madox Ford Tietjens had his eyes closed, round each of his high-coloured nostrils a crescent of whiteness was beginning. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Andrew Lang She approached the ditch, and took a blade of grass and tickled Big Lion’s nose, and his nostrils moved in spite of his efforts to keep them still. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence Then, with a start, he noticed the nostrils gradually filled with blood. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence