Phrases with "sharp"

R. D. Blackmore A violent ringing at the gate bell, followed by equal urgency upon the front door, apprised the kind magistrate of a sharp call on his faculties, and perhaps a most unpleasant one. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

His sharp face, always strained with the memory of past suffering, was grey and haggard. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope It was her practice to say such sharp words to him, and consequently he did not regard her as warmly as her more silent and more prudent sister. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

But we were quite sharp enough to see that she daren’t do it too often, and even when she let out at you with the cane she was so old and clumsy that it was easy to dodge. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

T. E. Lawrence At its head was a sharp turn to the left, into an amphitheatre of rock where the hill went up by step after step of broken cliff to a crest on which stood a massive cairn. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Raising blind and curtain, I looked out, and saw in the stars the keen sparkle of a sharp frost. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Gissing There came a sharp knock at the front door, and the servant, on opening, was confronted with a decently-dressed woman, who asked in a peremptory voice if Mrs Yule was at home. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Virginia Woolf By means of a few words of caustic Latin he had the animals marshalled, and by inclining a sharp shoulder he lifted the ladies. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Henry Kingsley I have had a sharp stroke of paralysis, and I have another coming on, sir, and my memory is going. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

But the rest was bad enough to make me bite frantically on the tow, and I think in a little my sharp front teeth would have severed it. Prester John by John Buchan

He fetched a long sigh of relief when he sank into his chair and felt himself safe from error if he kept a sharp lookout and did only what the others did. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Jack London I fended him off with both hands on his nose above his thousand-toothed open mouth, so that he backed me against the sharp coral. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Give him a sharp tap on this reflex or that (they are called ‘sport’, ‘pal’, ‘woman’, ‘king and country’ and so forth), and you get a predictable reaction. Raffles and Miss Blandish by George Orwell [1944]

H. G. Wells Each time the line was sharp and clear against the sky, and yet she had a dim perception of something lurking there. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry James Meantime, however, our friend perceived, he was announcing a step of some magnanimity on Mrs. Pocock’s part, so that he could deprecate a sharp question. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

At the same moment, a sharp stroke from a light cane made his hat roll on the pavement. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

And men cut the branches with a sharp flintstone, or with a sharp bone, when men will go to cut them; for whoso cut them with iron, it would destroy his virtue and his nature. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

D. H. Lawrence Josephine smoked with short, sharp puffs. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Perhaps, too, he’s up at some party or another — he’s a nice, jovial fellow, sharp as a needle, too; mind you, sharp as a needle, too. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Algernon Blackwood A faint, sharp tapping came against the window panes. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs Bellingham has been speaking very sharp and cross about it, and I shall lose the character of my inn if people take to talking as she does. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Meredith At night, when they were passing a palace in one of the dark streets, a feather, accompanied by a sharp sibilation from above, dropped on Wilfrid’s face. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

There was a sharp report, a momentary puff of light in smoke, and John staggered, and began scratching and scraping the ice with his skates. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

D. H. Lawrence His few orders were given sharp and terse. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

I tell you I was keeping a sharp eye on him all the evening and, by gosh, he knew it, too. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Anthony Trollope Now, Terry, some hot water, and mind you look sharp about it. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe At length, upon making a push forward with all the energy I could command, I struck my forehead violently against the sharp corner of an iron-bound crate. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Thomas Hardy Throughout the night he had intended to see Mr. Swancourt again, but the sharp rebuff of the previous evening rendered such an interview particularly distasteful. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Holding both hands before his face, he sobbed violently, But at length, fighting down with an effort the sharp pain that shook him, he went on with his story. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Thomas Wolfe At this the whole crowd drew in its collective breath in a sharp intake of excitement — the strange, wild joy that people always feel when they see fire. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But I had almost forgotten his presence when I heard a sharp exclamation, and, looking across, saw him take from his lips his wine-glass of claret and set it down with a shaking hand. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

She was a sharp observer of the fiddle-faddle of daily life; she had a keen scent for evil motives underlying simple actions. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

She cried out, and thrust forth her hands in a resisting motion: “Stop!” That was Moore’s voice; but it was not for his sharp command that I halted. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins A sharp pang wrung her as she looked at Horace, and saw how deeply she had already distressed and offended him. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Your man, I suppose, can look after himself?” But before he could reply I added, “No; he shall go with me: for if you do happen to get across, I shall have to follow, and look sharp about it. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Her unexpected nearness made Peyrol draw a sharp breath through his teeth. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle The boiler may have burst, for a sharp crash came after the roar, and then a dense cloud of steam and smoke swirled up out of the black depths, falling in a spray as thick as rain all round us. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Henry James She leaned back in her chair in luxurious ease: I had from the first become aware that the way she fingered her pearls was a sharp image of the wedded state. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Trollope His manner was perhaps a little the happier, and his turns more sharp and unexpected. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mr. Brandon was so indignant at the pair of us, that he set off at a sharp pace for home again, I with him, Roger presently catching us up. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

The first would had been made with a blunt round instrument, and the two subsequent ones with a weapon with a sharp square edge. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Her face was sharp and exultant, and for a sick person her eyes were oddly bright. The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

George Eliot He walked gently along the yard, and turned the key gently in the door; but, as he expected, Gyp, who lay in the workshop, gave a sharp bark. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

We had not had it as sharp for years: and then, you see, he was too fat to skate. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

Then swiftly changing his shape, in the likeness of a hedgehog, he would lie tumbling in Caliban’s way, who feared the hedgehog’s sharp quills would prick his bare feet. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

George Gissing You wait here a minute!’ He walked at a sharp pace towards the suspected quarter. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

The young gentleman seated himself at table with evident misgivings, and turning sharp round to pay attention to some observation of his loquacious neighbour, overset his bread. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

D. H. Lawrence A stark white incandescent light filled the room and made everything sharp and hard. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James The day would come when Hyacinth, far down in the treble, would feel himself touched by the little finger of the composer, would become audible (with a small, sharp crack) for a second. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

He clambered on to the step, but the handle would not turn, and with a sharp pang of fear he felt the innkeeper’s grip on his arm. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

A quick, sharp bark from a coyote, and in an instant every dog was at the height of his speed. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Robert Louis Stevenson Now, in this, which may be called his LAST BLAST, there is as sharp speaking as any in the “First Blast” itself. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

The exclamation aroused in her a sharp sensation of anger. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Meredith A fleet of South-westerly rainclouds had been met in mid-sky by a sharp puff from due North, and the moisture had descended like a woven shroud, covering all the land, the house-tops, and the trees. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

H. G. Wells The sea stretched away to the south-west, to rise into a sharp bright horizon against the wan sky. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

A sharp grating scream that sounded like ‘Kwaaa!’ came from the servants quarters. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett Days of heavy rains followed the sharp frosts, and the town was, as it were, sodden with woe. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The street took a sharp turn and then ended in a flight of steps which led down into a sunken alley where a few stall-keepers were selling tired-looking vegetables. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Meredith That sharp long zig-zag into distance brooked No foot across; a shade his ire provoked. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

Francis Bacon We represent also all multiplications of light, which we carry to great distance, and make so sharp as to discern small points and lines. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

I shall work as you worked — unassailed by doubt — all my life — good-by!” The dry, sharp groans shook her body, and gasping for breath she laid her head on the bed at Yegor’s feet. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope But Augustus suspected him of other things than those of which he accused him, and attempted to be sharp with him and to get the better of him at his own game. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

The brightness of the day had changed; a sharp shower was falling. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

George Meredith He separated himself from his daughter by a sharp division. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

He had the nose of his race, little beady eyes as sharp as gimlets, and a long beard which a little washing might have made white. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Edward Clare saw all this, not without a sharp pang of envy. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Loud, long, sustained whistlesscreeching whistles — short, sharp whistles — whistles that spoke of urgency and whistles that would make anyone groan for even a second’s delay. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

The chest seemed unnaturally prominent, but the abdomen had sunk in, leaving a sharp projection at the line of the lower ribs. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

I was very sharp with her, because I could see the others in the class were smiling and giving one another sly nods. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Henry Kingsley And he was so terribly outspoken! And so she strained her wits till her face grew sharp and thin, to keep him in good humour. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H. Rider Haggard A minute later her two companions heard a sharp exclamation and turned round. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

But soon A sharp and clashing noise the stillness broke, And from the evil lethargy I woke. The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson

Henry James There was nothing clearly for Maria Gostrey that signified now — save one sharp point, that is, to which she came in time. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The dull glaze of death was gathering over his eyes, but they still watched Phoebe with a sharp glance of dissatisfaction. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Sir Walter Scott Her arm appeared to be slightly wounded by the cut of a sharp weapon, and was tied up with a handkerchief of Harry Bertram’s. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

E. Nesbi Bobbie came in and sat down under Mother’s umbrella and made a sharp face, and everyone knew she was the fox who sits under the umbrella in the advertisement. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

George Meredith There ensued a sharp snapping of altercation between Luigi and Beppo. Vittoria had to order Beppo to stand back. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

I returned to my books; Sylvie’s sharp bark suddenly ceased. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

This seems to have been rather a sharp attack. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Guy de Maupassan It had been wounded and felt a sharp pain, for it tried to run away with a slow, limping, jerky gallop. The Donkey by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James It lay in the same direction as the scene of my evening’s adventures, and as I stood watching the crimson horizon I was startled by a sharp memory. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Outbreaks of temper, sharp and sometimes violent, began to manifest themselves on her part, and renewed disappointment and blacker remorse to darken the soul of Marston himself. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Mr. Carstairs was silent for a minute, and then burst out with a kind of sharp cry, painful to hear. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

M. P. Shiel But all this portion of the island was, in addition, subject to a sharp continuous ague evidently not due to the heavy ordnance of the ocean. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

The burn, small with the summer drought, made a far-away tinkling, the sweet scents of pine and fern were about him, the dense boskage where it met the sky had in the dark a sharp marmoreal outline. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

R. D. Blackmore His rider said nothing, but kept a sharp look-out. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Willa Cather The sea was rolling blue walls of water, and the boat was raked by a wind as sharp as ice. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Leon Trotsky We went to the demonstration together Rosa, Kautsky, his wife, Hilferding, the late Gustav Eckstein, and I. There were more sharp clashes on the way. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The sharp report of a rifle came from the front, followed by another and another. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George Meredith A letter from Mr. Tonans, containing an enclosure, was a sharp trial of Diana’s endurance of the irony of Fate. She had spoken of the irony in allusion to her freedom. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson I promise you he kept a sharp eye to his rear, for it was like the man’s soul that he must trust us with. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Eliot They were fixed on me in half-smiling curiosity, and I felt a painful sensation as if a sharp wind were cutting me. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

As he was putting on his hat, however, the two girls entered with the doctor, who nodded to Kilsip, cast a sharp scrutinising glance at Calton, and then walked over to the bed. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

H. Rider Haggard She is a sharp girl too, and quite pretty enough for a wife. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

We’ll keep a sharp watch and when any man, no matter what his dress or appearance comes up these stairs and turns that way, give him a sharp look. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith His eyes ranged over his guests despondently, and fixed in desperation on Mr. Rumford, whom his magnanimous nature would have spared but for the sharp necessity to sacrifice him. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Andrew Lang But one day Jack-in- the-Green was sitting on a stone, wondering what he should do next, when the rabbit crept softly behind him, and gave his tail a sharp pull. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

As he talked, his wary eyes were keeping a sharp look-out over the landscape. Prester John by John Buchan

In the hollow of the skull we found a very slender wire of sharp steel; this caused surprise and inquiry. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Even were it a sharp and bitter one, our best policy would be to laugh it off. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Wilkie Collins Accurately as Captain Wragge had seen his way hitherto, even his sharp insight was now at fault. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Down go the braces again; in come the studding-sails, all in a mess, which half an hour won’t set right; yards braced sharp up, and she’s on the starboard tack, close-hauled. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He’s a sharp lad, but for all that Paul Davies ‘ill sweat him yet. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

It scrambles up and down the little steeps like a cat, and whisks round a sharp and sudden curve with a feline screech, broadening into a loud caterwaul as it darts over the estuaries on its trestles. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Theodore Dreiser It was a sharp trick to play on those who, now finding the market favorable to their designs in its falling condition, were harvesting a fortune. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

But nothing happened, and then with a sharp ejaculation, he slipped down into the ditch, and springing to the side of the man, bent over him. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Where the fall met the ground a hundred feet below, a black stream made a sharp line, broken by tiny glints in the swift water. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Leaning on the bridge, looking down at him very gravely was a pedlar with a coloured hat and a sharp bright face. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Francis Bacon Let the music likewise be sharp and loud, and well placed. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Elizabeth Gaskell In many a family the tone, the manner, would not have been noticed; but here it fell with a sharp surprise upon the sweet, calm atmosphere of home. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a sharp snick as the electric light was turned on. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

A small trench has been cut with a sharp knife for each band, deep enough to sink it to the general level of the inner edges of the sections (Fig. 11). English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

H. G. Wells And she knew the short, sharp grunts they made meant fear. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Jules Verne The old man sped on, and plunged into the deepest gorge of the Dents-du-Midi, which pierce the sky with their sharp peaks. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

Baldwin Spencer It gradually increases in size towards the head end, which is bluntly rounded and has a sharp projecting point, five-eighths of an inch in length (Fig. 8, Plate XVII.). Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Sigmund Freud The nursemaid listens, laughing, and relates the conversation to the mother, whose reaction is a sharp reprimand. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. Rider Haggard The truth is a sharp spear which flies home and misses not. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a sharp turn in the road a hundred yards ahead, and on reaching it the three flung themselves off their horses and lay down behind cover. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

D. H. Lawrence The thought pricked up all her sharp intelligence and presence of mind. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Rice Burroughs He proceeded with unwonted stealth, for Kulonga had taught him great respect for the little sharp splinters of wood which dealt death so swiftly and unerringly. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

D. H. Lawrence Gudrun saw Gerald’s body tighten, saw a sharp blindness come into his eyes. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

With such desperate precision he defined in his thoughts the situation, the consciousness of which traversed like a sharp arrow the sudden silences of general conversation. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The place appeared to be in darkness, but the sound of music stole out from behind the drawn curtains; from the narrow fanlight above the door came a sharp line of purple light. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

G. K. Chesterton It is a sign of sharp sickness in a society when it is actually led by some special sort of lunatic. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

G. K. Chesterton Groups stopped and small crowds collected; and the sharp sunlight picked out the whole scene in blue, green and black, like a picture in a child’s toy-book. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle His head had been shattered by a savage blow from some heavy weapon, and he was wounded on the thigh, where there was a long, clean cut, inflicted evidently by some very sharp instrument. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

You, Maximitch, keep a sharp eye on the Cossacks; look to the cannon, and let it be well cleansed; and, above all, let everything be kept secret. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

George Gissing Eight sharp tomorrow!” Glazzard took his leave. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James Strether fancied them, liked them, and, passing through them with her more slowly now, met a sharp renewal of his original impression. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Olaf Stapledon Sometimes he would pinch himself, to get the sharp contrast between his new joy and a familiar pain. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells The sharp eyes of the chaperone flitted to and fro from the girl to the man. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

The stars is comin’ out bright, and the sunset did ye mind; we’ll ’a frost tonight; it’s come dark very sudden; sharp air. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle The bowmen along either side of the Philippa had stood motionless waiting for their orders, but now there was a sharp shout from their leader, and every string twanged together. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Rafael Sabatini Four sharp metallic blows rang out, and Lionel was dragged forth from his place to the gangway-deck. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Bram Stoker The child gave a sharp cry, and lay there moaning. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

I could not — could not hurt ye, Dudley. No, no, no!” He grinned at her, and, with a sharp side-nod, said — “Wait a bit. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell A sharp pebble flew by her, grazing forehead and cheek, and drawing a blinding sheet of light before her eyes. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

James Joyce Night! Every evening at lighting up o’clock sharp and until further notice in Feenichts Playhouse. (Bar and conveniences always open, Diddlem Club douncestears. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins Once, while I stood on the watch, a sharp agony of suspense tried me fiercely. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Henry Handel Richardson The leaves were turning red and orange, but had not begun to fall; the sky was deeply blue; outlines were sharp and precise. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

The rattle of her stick on the door had been so sharp that she would not knock again. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

E. T. A. Hoffmann A sharp fainting-fit”—— The old gentleman checked himself; doubtless he observed the struggle that was going on within me. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anthony Trollope What has an American girl to do with aroma, who’s got her bread to earn? She’s got to look to her conduct, and to be sharp at the same time. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson Hark! away in the woods - for the ears of love are sharp - Stealthily, quietly touched, the note of the one-stringed harp. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

I guessed we could not be very far from the front, for the noise of guns sounded very near, both the sharp crack of the field-pieces, and the deeper boom of the howitzers. Greenmantle by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence A man is ploughing with two small red cattle on a craggy, tree-hanging slope as sharp as a roof-side. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

D. H. Lawrence He sniffed the air: he glanced round with a sharp eye: and during the course of his visit picked up a blue mug which was pushed behind the looking-glass. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle A sharp splinter had penetrated its side, and the valuable animal had to be sacrified upon the shrine of humanity. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Willa Cather The old lady said that such sudden mildness, so early in April, presaged a sharp return of winter, and she was anxious about her apple trees. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Competition would be so sharp that solicitors would have to be employed to make sales; and they too must have a living out of the business. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Jack London Then it was that no cuff nor sharp word was necessary before they could pat him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

George Meredith She had escaped, but the moment she felt herself free, she was surprised by a sharp twinge of remorse. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Edgar Allan Poe It had already buried its sharp edge a full inch in my flesh, and my sensations grew indistinct and confused. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald He and Brick Wales were at forward on the second team and in the fury of the scrimmage the gymnasium echoed with sharp slapping contacts and shrill cries. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

George Gissing Carne’s sharp eyes at once discerned that something had occurred to annoy him, and occasionally she watched him through the meal. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft In another moment, however, Danforth’s sharp vision had descried a place where the floor debris had been disturbed; and we turned on both torches full strength. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Your voice is rough, and her ear is as sharp as a needle’s point. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Frances Hodgson Burnett Jennings is a sharp young snip and likes to pick up things to repeat. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

D. H. Lawrence They recall to me always my childish visions of Jerusalem, high against the air, and seeming to sparkle, and built in sharp cubes. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Arthur Morrison Mrs. Munsey grew more desperate than ever, sharp of feature, and aged. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

It is made out of the leaf of a species of palm-tree called coucourite, hard and brittle, and pointed as sharp as a needle. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Once again she knew that sharp pang of alarm at her own insecurity in this harsh, indifferent world. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

We kept a sharp look out after this, and fired a rifle off two or three times, when we heard some groans and yells in front of us up the creek gorge. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Charles Kingsley And above them, and behind them and before them, the lightning leapt and ran, dazzling and blinding, while the deep roar of the thunder was changed to sharp ear-piercing cracks. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

A sharp winter night on the high-veld was a long sight chillier than anything I had struck so far in Europe. But now my teeth were chattering and the marrow seemed to be freezing in my bones. Greenmantle by John Buchan

In anger he had no need of oaths: his words were like sharp arrows that smote into the very heart. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Mrs. Bunting stared across at him with a touch of sharp envy, nay, more, of resentment. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Bram Stoker There was a pause and a sharp little cry, such as a child gives in sleep, or a dog as it lies before the fire and dreams. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The bride was a match for Pseldonimov. She was a thin little lady not more than seventeen, pale, with a very small face and a sharp little nose. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Willa Cather The talk of the disreputable men his father kept about the place at home, instead of corrupting him, had given him a sharp disgust for sensuality. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Wilkie Collins I heard nothing but the quickening crackle of the flames, and the sharp snap of the glass in the skylight above. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

At the same instant that I touched the ground, I heard the sharp crack of a rifle, and saw two figures rush past me. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

H. G. Wells Then the door would open again, messengers would enter, or a sharp bell would stab their quiet privacy, and it was like a window in a well built brightly lit house flung open suddenly to a hurricane. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Louisa May Alcott Her face was very friendly and her sharp voice unusually gentle as she said . Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Out in the white night came the short, sharp yap of a wolf. The Hand on the Latch by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Sinclair Lewis She turned over to him the Personal Consultations with spinsters, and he found it comic to watch their sharp noses quivering, their dry mouths wabbling. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins He questioned the landlady in short, sharp sentences; the only change in him was in the lowered tone of his voice, and in the anxious looks which he cast, from time to time, at the room where she lay. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins Whatever help you can give me at the outset in blindfolding that woman’s sharp eyes will be the most precious help I have ever received at your hands. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I can’t abide it,” He set his jaw firmly, making the stiff white beard stand out at a sharp angle. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

The sharp glance, coming from that massive body, gave a notion of extreme efficiency, like a razor-edge on a battle-axe. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

As they ran, the men now and then gave the three short, sharp shouts of the dingo totem group, the two women crying, “Pah! Pah! Pah!” Fires were lighted at intervals along the track to the hill. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Jules Verne Some minutes more passed, and the Major withdrew his hand from the stroke of a sharp blade. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Algernon Blackwood Still uttering his sharp high purrings he marched up to his master and rubbed vigorously against his legs. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells Its ugly apparition and the sharp amazing painfulness of its bite were too much for Mr. Carrington’s equilibrium. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Robert Louis Stevenson Thus it was only now, when I found myself involved in the rout, that I began to appreciate how sharp had been the battle. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

There was a sharp click, and the shop was flooded in a bright light. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Andrew Lang But first he went to the forest and caught a lynx, and cutting off the creature’s sharp claws, he fastened them on to his own hands and feet. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins My aunt’s sharp eyes were on me. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Jane Austen If she is half as sharp as her mother, she is saving enough. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

And yet they have, within two days of sharp ride, that finest of sanitaria, the Hismá, which extends as far north and south as they please to go. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anthony Trollope But the boy was too sharp for him. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Morris I heard a sharp order given, and wondered where I should be the next minute; and then — It was as if — the earth had opened, and hell had come up bodily amidst us. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Guy de Maupassan A sharp pain had shot through her and at once died away. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Her eyes closed in agony; loosing her hold of him, she staggered to her feet, pressed her hands upon her bosom, and uttered a sharp cry of pain. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The dates form a kind of square with a sharp triangle to the south, upon the left bank of the thalweg, which overflows them during floods. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

D. H. Lawrence She was startled by the rapid chuff of the winding-engine at the pit, and the sharp whirr of the brakes on the rope as it descended. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

But I don’t want you should be anyways ha’sh with Pen.” Mrs. Lapham answered nothing; but when she met Penelope she gave the girl’s wan face a sharp look, and began to whimper on her neck. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Virginia Woolf The feathers of parakeets — their harsh cries — sharp blades of palm trees — green, too; green needles glittering in the sun. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Mrs. Gaskell Ruffled brows were smoothed, sharp voices lowered at his approach. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Arthur Conan Doyle Small harm then, but that my horse Troubadour trod with a tender foot upon a sharp stick, rearing and throwing me to the ground. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]