Phrases with "oaths"

There was a terrific bellowing of oaths in three or four languages, clouds of dust, and a suffocating stench of sweat and marigolds — but no one seemed to have been seriously hurt. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Singing, swearing, howling like wild beasts! His right-hand neighbour reasoned high of faith and works, ending each pious argument with a sudden rhapsody of oaths and never slept a wink. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I leave for those who have the knowledge the part of sifting the oaths of our custom-houses; I will not inquire into the oppression of the sailors; I will not pry into the usages of our retail trade. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Wilkie Collins A fresh burst of oaths informed me that they had recognized the obstacle of the iron bars. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

H.P. Lovecraft Friends had held him when he drew a stiletto, but West departed amidst his inhuman shrieks, curses and oaths of vengeance. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

D.H. Lawrence So Paolo’s oaths enraged her, because of their profanity, she said. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Anthony Trollope Then the three persons thus named had taken their oaths and made their depositions to the same effect. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli I shall look forward with interest to Lord Cadurcis taking the oaths and his seat. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Anthony Trollope Perjure yourself one way you certainly must, av’ you’ve taken such an oath as that, for you’ve sworn many oaths that you would make this Catholic lady your wife. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray In fact, a rumbling cannonade of oaths was fired by the two veterans during the whole of their conversation. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Arthur Conan Doyle All round rose a fierce babel of shouts and cries, godly ejaculations from the peasants and oaths from the horsemen, with Saxon’s voice above all imploring his pikemen to stand firm. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle I turned on my saddle and shouted and raved, ‘Vive l’Empereur!’ I screamed and laughed at the gust of oaths that came back to me. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Wilkie Collins The aged sot in trousers is offering marriage to the aged sot in petticoats, with frightful oaths of endearment. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Tobias Smolle I vented my rage in oaths and execrations, till my spirits, being quite exhausted, I remained quiet, as insensible of the load that oppressed me. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Benjamin Disraeli The laughter of those infernal women, the rattle of those cursed dice, and the oaths of those ruffians are still ringing in my ears. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Jonathan Swif Mrs. Manley forsworn ombre! What! and no blazing star appear? no monsters born? no whale thrown up? have you not found out some evasion for her? She had no such regard to oaths in her younger days. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

How he was to accomplish this I could not see in the beginning, and was so little credulous of his being able to keep his oaths that I let myself be drawn by you almost to the church door. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Machen Whereupon Old Lucas foamed at the mouth, like the hunted ox, and swore with frightful oaths and “great expressions of disrespect” that he would pay nothing. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Rudyard Kipling As the two talked, the old Army oaths blossomed on their happy tongues, and coloured the rest of their speech for the night. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

James Joyce And he let a volley of oaths after him. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Henry Lawson There were loud, hurried words of remonstrance, then some stump-splitting oaths and a scuffle, consequent upon an attempt to chuck the old man out. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Thomas Hobbes And these are the principal sacraments and, as it were, the solemn oaths we make of our allegiance. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Jack London And as Buck understood the oaths to be love words, so the man understood this feigned bite for a caress. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

She dropped her head suddenly like a wounded bird, and the racy, vindictive camp oaths died off her lips. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Walter Scott The tardiness of his descent extracted some exclamations of impatience from Ravenswood, and several oaths from his less patient and more mecurial companion. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Henry Kingsley But, notwithstanding, she loved him still, though she dreaded the sight of him, for she got little from him now but oaths and taunts. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Blunt, who had been at the rum bottle, swore great oaths that no soul on board would see another sun; and when Partridge rebuked him for blasphemy at such a moment, wept spirituous tears. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Jack London The back windows of the houses commanding the scene are lined with enthusiastic spectators, and the sound of blows, and of oaths that make one’s blood run cold, are borne to my ears. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Walter Scott Speak little, and lay aside, if you can, your big oaths and swaggering looks — set your hat even on your brows. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Gustave Flauber Spendius would demonstrate Hamilcar’s resources, and with oaths by all the gods entreat that the opportunity should not be wasted. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Benjamin Disraeli The Duke of St. James took the oaths and his seat. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Rudyard Kipling He left the sinner dumb and shocked   By oaths his old Battalion dealt in . Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Arnold Bennett None but males were now employed in the Clayhanger business, and everybody breathed more freely; round, sound oaths were heard where never oaths had been heard before. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Leslie Stephen He reconciled himself with difficulty to taking the oaths against the exiled dynasty. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Yet it has no recognized head (though there is a chief to whom we may address ourselves), and it has no oaths of secrecy. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

John Lewis Burckhard There were no ceremonies of installation or oaths of allegiance. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Benjamin Disraeli A crisis of this kind occurred to Endymion the day when he returned to his chambers, after having taken the oaths and his seat in the House of Commons. He felt the necessity of being alone. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Oscar Wilde From a dark courtyard came a sound of oaths and blows, followed by shrill screams, and, huddled upon a damp door-step, he saw the crook-backed forms of poverty and eld. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

He did not long keep this theory to himself, but let it out by degrees with no stint of oaths and threats, believing that some domestic traitor held the thread of the conspiracy. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

At this, “I’ll twist the smooth varlet’s neck that sold me mine,” shouted Denys, in huge wrath, and confirmed the threat with singular oaths peculiar to the mediaeval military. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Benjamin Disraeli Never were so many new members, and Endymion watched them, during the first days, and before the debate on the address, taking the oaths at the table in batches with much interest. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

He swore ominous oaths over the drugged beer of ale- houses, and drank strange toasts in fiery British gin. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Robert Louis Stevenson For all that, a hubbub arose; oaths flew, fists were shaken, and guns pointed. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling None the less they would swear no oaths but those of their own making, which were rare and curious, and they were always at pains to impress Mulcahy with the risks they ran. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Angry oaths buzzed about him like hornets, and sinister shouts rent the air. Mother by Maksim Gorky

E. Phillips Oppenheim The missiles were coming faster—accompanied by a stream of oaths and terrible threats. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle I heard a gust of crackling German oaths at my very heels. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

With regard to oaths incompatible with the spirit of modern manners, and yet formally unrepealed—that is a case of neglect and indolent oversight. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

These, then, are thine oaths of passion? This, thy tenderness for me? Judged, even, by thine own confession, Thou art steeped in perfidy. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Tobias Smolle It set all my passions into a ferment: I swore horrible oaths without meaning or application. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Oscar Wilde He had seen grotesque children huddled upon doorsteps, and heard shrieks and oaths from gloomy courts. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Meredith The soldiers swore with jesting oaths that she had been carefully searched for weapons, and only wanted a whipping. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Borrow Now, brother, how can you get over the “upon your oath, fellow, will you say that you have a soul?”’ ‘Well, we will take no oaths on the subject; but you yourself believe in the soul. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

A mob of women, by whom the church was crowded, seized hold of the feeble old man, and dragged him out by the hair of his head, with horrid oaths and imprecations. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

We were too bored even to talk now, the only sound was of oaths and reverberating yawns. Collected Essays by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard Then it was she asked a boon, that lock of mine, Gudruda, and, thinking thee faithless, I gave it, holding all oaths broken. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Robert Louis Stevenson But it was strange to hear her unwearying flow of oaths and obscenities, endless like a river, and now and then rising to a passionate shrillness, in the clear and silent air of the morning. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

James Joyce Menton, John Henry, solicitor, commissioner for oaths and affidavits. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the excitement of the struggle he had hardly realized his injuries, but now he stood outside the door with his hand to his bruised throat and a hoarse stream of oaths pouring through it. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson Ay, sure enough, there was a battle there in the old times; and, sure enough, there is a world out yonder where men strive together with a noise of oaths and weeping and clamorous dispute. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Hellingsby cursed under his breath and de Vome murmured dreadful oaths that were unbecoming a scion of the French nobility. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

He was a gruff, soldierly man of forty who gave the tramps no more ceremony than sheep at the dipping-pond, shoving them this way and that and shouting oaths in their faces. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Andrew Lang All that you read concerning oaths and dying en enrage is false all the oaths hee used being only asseverations to Monsr Daillie that he was falsely accused as to the King’s person. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

The merchant with oaths persisted in his denial. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Rudyard Kipling So the forest took them to her bosom, and, for all oaths and clamour, refused to restore. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Anthony Trollope You must not expect him to come to you with vows and oaths and pretty presents, to kneel at your feet, and kiss your shoe-strings. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Paine But whatever apology may be made for oaths at the first establishment of a government, they ought not to be permitted afterwards. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Maria Edgeworth But Sir Philip Baddely’s oaths are retained, as marks in a portrait of the times held up to the public, touched by ridicule, the best reprobation. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

All at once shouts announced that the Tzar was in the square waiting to receive the oaths of the prisoners. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Anthony Trollope The oaths of the four ‘scoundrels’ were, according to him, worth nothing. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Padders and michers, laced cloaks, jingling spurs, slashed boots, tall plumes, bullies and pimps, oaths and blasphemies — I promise you hell was waxing fat. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle On the other side of the ditch the drums beat, the bugles screamed, and the shouts and oaths of the officers could be heard as they marshalled their men. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Meredith The bosom of these women will keep on at its quick heaving until they have heard certain formal words, oaths to boot. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The rat-faced one, finding he was not dead, had regained his composure, and with a volley of oaths directed at Clayton refused in the name of his fellows to allow the young man any firearms. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Jack London The air was filled with oaths and indecent expressions. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Pu Songling They spoke to each other in a low voice, when, suddenly in the street, a noise of heavy boots resounded; steps stopped before the door; the lock was shaken; oaths were heard. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Wilkie Collins I pronounced the oaths with a firm voice, and with a tranquillity which astonished all the spectators, — a tranquillity which has never once failed me since that time. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

For full five minutes Stephen mentally rehearsed all the oaths he remembered. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Oliver Goldsmith He has given you nothing here, you find, but a mouthful of oaths and an empty belly; and by the best accounts I have of him, he will give you nothing that’s good hereafter. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Henry Fielding All which were answered in their own kind and phrase by our men, between whom and the other crew a dialogue of oaths and scurrility was carried on as long as they continued in each other’s hearing. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

On entering the kitchen, his ears were agreeably stunned by the noise of dishes and pans, of oaths and commands. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Their oaths I hear at this moment: they shook my philosophy more than did the night, or the isolation, or the strangeness of the scene. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

In a minute or so, however, the first shock of his amazement over, he whistled and proceeded to swear certain strong and meaty military oaths which he judged suitable for the occasion. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

G. K. Chesterton They have caught us in a nice quiet place where we are under no temptations to break our oaths by calling the police. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Paine It exhibits you as a nation without faith; with whom oaths and treaties are considered as trifles, and the breaking them as the breaking of a bubble. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Arthur Conan Doyle When I reached him, he was groping about frantically in the empty cab, and giving vent to the finest assorted collection of oaths that ever I listened to. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle At other places, at, the risk of their lives, Dissenting ministers came forth and stood by the wayside, blessing us as we passed, in spite of the rough jeers and oaths of the soldiers. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Machen And shouting too; and rolling oaths that sounded like judgment. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

When I left them, the aguardiente and annisou were pretty well in their heads, they were all singing and talking at once, and their peculiar national oaths were getting as plenty as pronouns. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our own opponents, having a clear course before them, never slackened for an instant, but came thundering down with a jingling of harness and a tempest of oaths upon our rude barricades. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

He then received a volley of oaths from the little Jew, and two men being called, they placed the rope on his back. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Guildford’s breath came in quick, spasmodic gasps, and for the moment he was bereft of oaths in his dismay. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

He, usually so guarded, so decorous on all occasions, uttered a volley of oaths that would not have done discredit to an old cavalry officer. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

And all his movements were accompanied with the wild gestures of a madman, interspersed with oaths or short laughs, with exclamations of disappointment or delight. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Charles Dickens They put his oaths of allegiance, and his dreadful official denunciations of the Pope and the Pretender, so gently into his mouth, that he hardly knew how the words got there. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Then said the King, “Imagine not that oaths sworn unto the Demons by Gorice XI. of memory ever glorious bind me any whit. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

I can lick a big fellah to pot as limp as a rag, by George!”—(his oaths were not really so mild)—“ye see summat o’ that t’other day. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope Dick swore, when brought to himself, that one of his hounds had gone in, whereas Squire ‘Arkaway “had swore most ‘orrid oaths that no ‘Itchiner ‘ound should ever live to put his nose in. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope She could remember the words in which he made his oaths to her, and cherish the sweet feeling of his arm round her body. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

M. R. James They all looked at it — McLeod and all — and took their dying oaths that it wasn’t theirs. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Alphonse Daudet Then arose wrangles, quarrels, battles, oaths of every land, mad outcries in all tongues, knives flashing out, the guard marching in, and the money disappearing. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Elizabeth Gaskell I could only hope she would hear the voices of those who were now busy in trying to kindle a light, swearing awful oaths at the mislaid articles which would have enabled them to strike fire. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

I believe I should like you better if you let fly a volley of deep-sea oaths sometimes, or threatened to put me in irons. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

G. K. Chesterton The next moment a torrent of guttural but good-humored oaths came from Major Burke as he and the two other men saw what was in front of them. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Jules Verne His oaths were simply dreadful; his imprecations on the accursed race were full of wrath. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

That eye could make you feel as though you were under Niagara! The oaths wilted on Ellis’s lips; his voice almost deserted him. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Ann Radcliffe The screams were repeated, and the oaths and execrations of the disputants redoubled. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Old Nat had taken several strong oaths that he would not breathe a word to anyone, and would not mention anything to the other lodgers. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Especially Mr Henriques, whose skin spoke of the tar-brush, protested with oaths against the insult. Prester John by John Buchan

Pity they swear so! I have a law against oaths — the manners of the poor and virtuous people must be reformed. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Something unique in the way of oaths broke from the lips of the man in the gold-rimmed spectacles, who presided over the little gathering. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Anthony Trollope Don’t you think it had better be so, eh, Marie?” “And this is the meaning of oaths and vows, sworn to each other so sacredly?” “But, Marie, you heard what my mother said. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft These chiefs conferred apart in a rear chamber, after which Capt. Whipple emerged to the great room and gave the gathered seamen their last oaths and instructions. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Anthony Trollope If I had sworn the twenty oaths of which you speak they would not, as you say, have bound me tighter. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

A volley of oaths and kicks received him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Besides, such hollow oaths would have been vain as void: she would no more have believed me than she would have believed the ghost of Judas, had he broken from the night and stood before her. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Jules Verne It was difficult to proceed along the dimly lighted deck without stumbling over some half-sleeping convict, who retorted by oaths and kicks. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

What shall he think on us after our oaths to him three years ago, that night in Carcë? Yet. this one blow should right him too. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

But, oaths or no oaths, Fabrizio’s presence in the Torre Farnese had restored to Clelia all her old habits and activities. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Arthur Machen And then he found his voice, and the oaths rolled terrible, thundering from him, as he cursed that murderous wretch, and bade him go down and burn for ever in hell. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Sir Walter Scott He swore one or two incoherent oaths at the mercer, who refused, reasonably enough, to pledge him to a sentiment which inferred the loss of his own wager. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

He denied, with violent oaths and imprecations, that he knew anything of the matter; but at last, when cross-examined on the ring, he changed his tone. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Benjamin Disraeli Nay, nay! oaths are mockery, vows are idle! Is it possible to share existence with you, beloved girl! without watching for your every wish, without —’ ‘My Lord Duke, this must end. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope He utters the most dreadful oaths because Thomas has not arrived with the Harvey sauce. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Algernon Blackwood Hank immediately sprang forward with a stream of oaths so farfetched that Simpson did not recognize them as English at all, but thought he had lapsed into Indian or some other lingo. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Now, don’t say no, Mrs. Williams. I’ve heard him myself swear a pound’s worth of oaths for a matter of tenpence. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope I remember no oaths of any kind, and what foolish assertions I may have made, I am not going to repeat. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard Always accept her oaths and protestations as you would a political statement, politely, and with an appearance of perfect faith, but with a certain grain of mistrust. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

The shouts and oaths and shots rang out wildly and confusedly as he lost consciousness. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

I knew by Blenkiron’s oaths that he had lost his stirrups and was sitting on his horse’s neck. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Thomas Carlyle The Koreish grew ever angrier; laid plots, and swore oaths among them, to put Mahomet to death with their own hands. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

He bowed respectfully to the young prince, and said as he bent, “Excuse me, monseigneur, I am but a soldier, and my oaths are his who has just left the chamber. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Fétis burst into a torrent of Gallic oaths after reading this affectionate scrawl. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]