Phrases with "overheard"

Cook overheard one of them say, last week, that he’d dropped over three hundred pounds and several parties haven’t been looking too happy as they’ve driven away the next morning. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

It might have been the murderer who opened the door, and was overheard by Thomas. “The policeman was on duty about ten, as he was seen by Susan Grant when she showed Mr. Clancy to the door. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Father overheard him once and swore that he’d thrash the life out of Joe, but as usual he didn’t do so. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Oliver Goldsmith He was scarce gone, when Mr Thornhill’s butler came to congratulate us upon our good fortune, saying, that he overheard his young master mention our names with great commendation. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Once when Pavel accompanied her out onto the porch, the mother overheard their abrupt conversation. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Mme. Blanche overheard one of the gardeners telling the story to two of his assistants: “Ah, the man is an old scoundrel!” he said, his face crimson with indignation. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Rudyard Kipling He had, he said, heard or overheard every salient line of Uncle Remus quoted, appositely too, by boys whom he would not have credited with intellectual interests. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

One of the prince’s attendants happened to be near him, overheard his remark, and replied,— “No one knows, your highness. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Olaf Stapledon Later, as she was serving at dinner she overheard a snatch of conversation between the young woman and her aged friend. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson I know now that he must have overheard and comprehended the peculiar nature of my prayers. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim On the way, however, Peter overheard the introduction which he had expected. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

So I agree with what I overheard Haraldsen say when I overtook you on the hill. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

However, Coupeau overheard his sister muttering under her breath, “This is a fine beginning. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Jack London I overheard Henderson and another of the hunters, Standish, a Californian, talking about it. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

People did not look at her haughtily, or even curiously; but they turned away their heads to laugh, and she overheard remarks upon the maiden widow which pierced her very soul. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes declares that he overheard me caution him against the great danger of taking more than two drops of castor-oil, while I recommended strychnine in large doses as a sedative. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

It was just as well, for Johnnie and me overheard some awful language. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Ivan Turgenev No one had overheard what he said to her; but my mother wept no more; she regained her composure, and asked for food, but did not make her appearance nor change her plans. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Valera took her words for a girl’s bravado, until, a few days later, he overheard some of the other passengers talking about her. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Arnold Bennett She hoped that none of the other boarders had overheard Niepce’s outrageous insolence. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Virginia Woolf Rather more strain was being put upon their bodies than is quite legitimate in a party of pleasure, and Hewet overheard one or two slightly grumbling remarks. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

After a pause the questioner, who was inaudible, resumed the conversation, and obtained answers which Conway overheard and loosely understood as follows: “He died outside. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

It’s not likely that he overheard every word Davidson said about his dollar collecting trip, but he heard enough to set his wits at work. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Jane Austen I wish you could have overheard her tribute of praise; I wish you could have seen her countenance, when she said that you should be Henry’s wife. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Because I overheard two men talking in a cafe. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

H.P. Lovecraft Weeden had many verbatim reports of overheard scraps in his notebook, for English, French, and Spanish, which he knew, were frequently used; but of these nothing has survived. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Arnold Bennett I did not think that I should dare to love you until that day when I overheard that old villain Niepce make his advances. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Washington Irving I overheard my landlady importuning her husband to let their daughters have one quarter at French and music, and that they might take a few lessons in quadrille. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Wilkie Collins The shock which struck her, when she overheard the news of her husband’s death, has prostrated her strength at the time when she needed it most. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Just before the curtain rose two men just in front of them started to talk, and they overheard their conversation. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Mrs. Pryor found means to steal quietly from the room: she re-entered it soon after, apparently as composed as if she had really not overheard this strange soliloquy. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

You overheard him blackmailing your sister, and if you were listening when he made his vile demands, then ——” “I was,” she interrupted fiercely, “but I didn’t kill him for that, only. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Moss had probably overheard the rumour. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

At night I overheard a chat between Sangizo, a Myamuezi, and Ntalo, a freed man of Zanzibar, very characteristic of their way of chaffing. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

James Hogg They fell all sound asleep, and I was terribly alarmed at a conversation I overheard somewhere outside the stable. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

That finished my stock of paper, and I left the record of the oddments overheard of the conversation for a later time. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Victor Hugo He overheard her say to herself, “It is thus that gods are made. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Sinclair Lewis He was neither surprised nor indignant when he overheard Crackins confide to his own stenographer: “The old man has an ingrowing grouch. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

I overheard our officers say so. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Walter Scott He questioned Jeanie closely concerning the appearance of the two men, and the conversation which she had overheard between the taller of them and the woman. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Sabin carefully enveloped himself in an ulster, and stood for a moment or two wondering whether that conversation was meant to be overheard or not. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Quite six months ago, by mere chance, I overheard what Emily was saying to our cook. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Thomas Wolfe During the height of the party she had overheard Lawrence Hirsch say something like that. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hardy He walked about saying to himself, “What’s to be done — what’s to be done?” and by chance she overheard him. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang Listening intently, he overheard the plotting of a band of robbers, who had brought their treasure to the crypt, meaning to hide it there, while they set out on fresh adventures. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson And once she overheard the friend, who was called Cupid, say: “You know, M. P., she’s not such a bad little stick after all. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Mrs. Darrell took very good care not to make any allusion to that declaration of love which she had overheard through the half-open door of her son’s painting-room. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

It was charitably supposed by those who overheard her performance, that she was practising for farmyard imitations at the forth-coming village entertainment. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

I breakfasted next morning in a snug little parlour behind the bar, where I overheard two carters conversing in the Carthaginian patois, to which I became hourly more accustomed. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Frederick Marryat The hostess, who had overheard the conversation, now called for her husband, and desired him to go into the room and prevent any further insults to the young gentleman who had just come in. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was in a position to overhear their conversation—he had already, in all probability, overheard some part of it. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Of course, he overheard the nurses saying we are suspecting her. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Anthony Trollope A listener who could have overheard both would hardly have thought that the same question was being discussed by the two. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Plainly no suspicion that she had overheard what passed between Mrs. Ellmother and himself existed in Alban’s mind. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Wilkie Collins I had not overheard them appoint a place of meeting when following them in the Park on the previous day, but I soon found that we were proceeding in the old direction of the Avenue Road gate. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Charles Dickens While thus engaged, he overheard such phrases in Mr. Bounderby’s voice as ‘No. I say no. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Virginie had moved close to Gervaise so as not to be overheard by the others. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins Nugent, who had overheard me, turned round suddenly from the window, and supported my proposal. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

It may be a chance remark overheard from passers-by. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

The parties appeared to stand aloof from each other, till the stranger again alluded to his having overheard the singular conversation and subsequent narrative in Aliaga’s apartment. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry Fielding I suppose he overheard me whisper that I would give you satisfaction, and thence concluded we went together with a design of tilting. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Thomas Hardy But in crossing the park I overheard the conversation of a young man and woman who had also risen early. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

But this time Alfred overheard the formula, and said quietly: “Don’t believe him, sir. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Thus, when she overheard Donnington and Bubbles talking over the arrangements for their wedding, their talk seemed to her all make-believe. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

H. G. Wells Lewisham overheard a fragment “My mother was in a wax,” said Frobisher ii. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Her feelings towards Madame would certainly not have been improved had she overheard a conversation that took place between her and her brother one afternoon in the former’s room. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Wolfe Barrington overheard him, and kicked him right over the hillock. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

He said he’d like to tell me but he daren’t, and if Master ever knew I’d overheard he would be furious and perhaps send him away at once. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Sigmund Freud After his return from consulting me she had overheard a conversation in which the name of the disease had been mentioned. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Wilkie Collins I can understand your mortification at the tone in which it is written, and your distress at the manner in which this unhappy woman has interpreted the conversation that she overheard at your house. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

The housekeeper had emerged from a little sitting-room, and had overheard this conversation. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Arthur Morrison The coachman (he was a new man, who had only arrived the day before) overheard a little of their talk as they stood by the door. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Andrew Lang An unknown language overheard is a mere sound. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Gissing It was not, however, done so quietly but the landlady, who slept on the ground floor, overheard what was going on. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Victor Hugo It was he who was speaking and addressing the young lords; and Gwynplaine overheard the following:— “I have told you you are cowards. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Leon Trotsky Many of the conversations I overheard when I was young will remain in my memory as long as I live. My Life by Leon Trotsky

My words may be overheard by some listener, or perhaps by an enemy; one ought not, therefore, to speak at random, for, in such a case, the secret would cease to be one. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Meredith The direful youths fought in the Steynham stables, overheard by the grooms. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had been standing between the two doors which led to the counting-house, and had overheard the latter portion of the conversation. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

I overheard him telling Toni a rather amusing story about a nun and a mousetrap, which won’t bear repetition. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Henry James A person who might have overheard some of the talk of this possibly infatuated pair would have been touched by their extreme familiarity with the idea of earthly glory. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

He had learnt her name was Agatha because he had once overheard one of her mistresses speaking to her. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Before that I overheard once somebody declaring that he had a criminal type of face; which I knew was untrue. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

John Galsworthy I think he overheard something. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins The question was overheard by the servant-of-all-work, who was taking up the tea-tray at the time, and by Mr. Jay, who was coming downstairs on his way out to the theater. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

I overheard — I marked the whole. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

This was some time after the closing of the door overheard by Thomas; therefore the assassin could not have escaped that way. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton I know the story he’ll tell; I overheard it when the housekeeper was talking to the postman. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

I overheard once young Mr. Apse himself say to her confidentially: ‘I assure you, Mrs. Colchester, I am beginning to feel quite unhappy about the name she’s getting for herself. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

He overheard you telling me everything that night of the dance ——” but he stopped speaking for Jean would have fallen to the floor if the Colonel had not caught her. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Algernon Blackwood A sense of hush pervaded all the air, as though someone had crept close to where we lay and overheard our thoughts with sympathy. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Willa Cather He had not overheard much of their dialogue, but he felt the import of it. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Miles Franklin It was considered the height of vulgarity and not allowed at all, really, but in the depths of some overpowering exasperation even Great-aunt Jane has been overheard expleting it. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Walter Scott It cannot be termed discourtesy in Sir Kenneth that, situated as he was, he overheard a conversation in which he found himself deeply interested. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Jules Verne In short, what Michael learnt from the talk at the present moment, as well as from the scraps of conversation he overheard later, was this. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

George Meredith Save for a word or two, the watchman might have overheard and trumpeted his report of their interview at Diana’s house. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The day before we came to London, he overheard Giles swearing in a passion, and the Squire had pounced upon him with an indignant inquiry if he thought swearing was the way to get to heaven. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

We overheard him talking a lot to himself, too, and it rather frightened us. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

He overheard the examination of a man who wished to drive one of the “avalanche” wagons, as they call them. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Arnold Bennett Why?” “We were only thinking Edwin might have overheard the boys and thrown a knife over the wall. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Rudyard Kipling It was the Deputy Commissioner of Kot–Kumharsen, staying at the club for a day, who lightly told a tale that made Holden’s blood run cold as he overheard the end. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson A wreath of immortelles under a glass dome had thus attracted them; and, drawing near, I overheard their judgment on that wonder. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Harding was the one outside the porch who had overheard it; but he had kept it to himself until now, when he thought the time had come for speaking. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

I would have liked to talk to them, but officially of course I knew no German, and the conversation I overheard did not signify much. Greenmantle by John Buchan

It happened that the same evening I overheard a few words between the lawyer and Nash. They were not obliged to apply to Miss Nave: but, the chances were that they did. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

A friend of mine who understands Shelouh as well as Arabic, overheard a characteristic quarrel between a Shedma man and a Hhaha man. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Had he repeated to the coroner the words he had inadvertently overheard in the hall above? But a glance at the latter’s face satisfied me that nothing of such importance had transpired. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim I overheard a single sentence. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Henry Kingsley The landlord thought they had robbed Hunt and Roskell’s, and were off with the plunder, till he overheard the man say, “I think that is all, my lady’; ” after which he was quite satisfied. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Mrs. Coney overheard what I was saying, and took Jane aside. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

They had spoken loud enough to be overheard by Balstain, the innkeeper, who had learned, during the day, of the magnificent reward which had been promised to Lacheneur’s captor. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The more so that I overheard a rapid interchange of mutterings up there. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Henry Adams The commonest phrase overheard at an English club or dinner-table was that So-and-So “is quite mad. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Walter Scott What he overheard made it evident that his errand, and the obstinacy with which he pursued it, occasioned altercation between the whisperers. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

In the Zoological Society’s Gardens I have often overheard visitors admiring the beauty of another monkey, deservedly called Cercopithecus diana (see fig. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hardy Having laid her plan she rose, and wrote to him who kept her on these tenterhooks:— “I overheard your interview with my husband last night, and saw the drift of your revenge. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

She overheard a few words between the house surgeon and the head doctor. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Virginia Woolf But if Cassandra could have overheard the conversation upon the telephone, she would not have felt so certain that it tended in that direction. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Theodore Dreiser Jennie went on to the dining-room, and Lester overheard a scrap of their conversation. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H.P. Lovecraft They were merely an excited caution in Charles’s own voice, but somehow their implications held a nameless fright for the father who overheard them. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Henry Kingsley He had partly guessed, ever since he overheard the conversation of Densil and his wife, that some sort of bargain existed between them about the second child; but he paid little heed to it. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

I happened to stand near Fitzgerald, and I overheard the captain, with a chuckle, say something to him in which the word ‘cravat’ was repeated. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

M. R. James From what I overheard them saying, it appeared that it had been put out by mistake, by some one who was not there. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

He had seen that we were known to one another; he overheard our appointment. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Till that morning he had had doubts as to his course of action, but this overheard scuffle decided the question. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Borachio had been overheard talking with one of his companions of the mischief he had been employed by Don John to do. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Arthur Morrison The conversation between the Fosters which he overheard might well mean something less serious than murder. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens He had been delirious, and had lain insensible some hours, but he had been overheard to murmur a very good prayer the day before. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Walter Scott A word or two which he overheard strengthened his hopes. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

He was out of his mind with something he overheard about eating people’s flesh and drinking blood. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

But I overheard them talking and when they went out to saddle the horse, I hurried up to your room to wake you. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

H. Rider Haggard What a pretty wedding they’d make!” Arthur overheard it, and noted the woman, and afterwards found a pretext to give her five shillings, because he said it was a lucky omen. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

They were discussing in whispers which could not be overheard what would be the best thing to do, and they had just agreed that if you really were blind they would risk the attempt to murder you. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Anthony Trollope Their backs were turned to Santerre and Denot, and they were speaking in low whispers; but nevertheless Denot either guessed or overheard that he was the subject of their conversation. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood I was lighting my pipe — from the chimney of the lamp rather than by striking a match — when I overheard him telling the Man that, instead of sitting up as usual, he might go to bed at once. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

From what I overheard when I was serving drinks in the lounge afterwards they seemed to think that when he dealt the cards they were too extraordinarily good, every time. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Henry Fielding I overheard them disputing with great eagerness whether the one had hanged or the other burned the most. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

A. E. W. Mason I haven’t overheard a word of any of your conversations about me. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Victor Hugo Barkilphedro overheard this; it decided him. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Of course, it was in this way Ali would have overheard many conversations in the cafe and reported them to Nile Chilcott, if indeed the latter had not been present to overhear them himself. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Leon Trotsky We looked at each other as if we had both caught ourselves thinking the same thing; we were being overheard by the past, lurking over there in the corner. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Louisa May Alcott So altogether she had a very nice time, till she overheard a bit of conversation, which disturbed her extremely. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The door was open; she could easily have overheard our conversation. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

I overheard her crying and sobbing dreadful one night, poor dear, when she little thought as there was any one to overhear her. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Christobal overheard the conversation, and cavilled at it. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Rudyard Kipling The other half were duffle-clad, felt-hatted hillmen of the North; and that mixture told its own tale, even if he had not overheard the incessant sparring between the two divisions. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

William Henry Hudson That evening I overheard a curious little dialogue. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

F. Scott Fitzgerald It came from Myrtle, who had overheard the question, and it was violent and obscene. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Andrew Lang Luckily for him, the emperor’s daughter had overheard everything her father had said, and peeping through a curtain had seen the youth, and thought him handsomer than anyone she had ever beheld. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I overheard a few words——something about a friend of Monsieur Georges, rich, powerful. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Maria Edgeworth All this he joined with what he had just overheard about a frolic, and he was rejoiced at the idea of implicating in this business Mr. Russell, whom he disliked. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth