Phrases with "threats"

Said Mr. Clay to Mr. Bray, Your threats I quite explode; One who has been a volunteer Knows how to prime and load. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

No threats of reporting them to their chief had any effect, so, knowing that treachery in these countries was a powerful enemy, I ordered them to be paid. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Walter Besant Also, conceiving that he had been wronged, he went about demanding vengeance, and breathing threats whenever he should meet his adversary. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

With hands on high, Entellus threats the foe; But Dares watch’d the motion from below, And slipp’d aside, and shunn’d the long descending blow. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Wilkie Collins The threats of the two villains would have terrified some women out of their senses, but the only result they produced on me was violent indignation. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Bram Stoker Their threats were, however, mingled with some sort of indirect apology for the defeat of the two of them by a feeble madman. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

We had to pay a fine and listen to threats from the white men, and now we have to be careful. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope The idea that the Jew might jilt her disturbed Nina more than all her aunt’s anger, or than any threats as to the penalties she might have to encounter in the next world. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray I was subject to threats only. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

H. G. Wells It was my landlord with threats and inquiries, an old Polish Jew in a long grey coat and greasy slippers. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Then, finding me firm, he changed his tone, and there were hidden threats mixed with his entreaties. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

In the face of that, I care nothing for Mr. Nicholls, or for his threats either. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

They promised, however, a result important enough to make Mr. Gryce blush for the disdain with which he had met my threats of interference. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Bram Stoker During his absence the two villains took Mary East from her house and by threats secured from her a draft on Williams for £100. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Leon Trotsky In conclusion, the peace-loving General said: “The time for protests and threats against the Soviet power has passed, if there ever was such a time. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edgar Allan Poe We were, in a measure, prepared for it, however, as the weather had been holding out threats for some time. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

He therefore resolved to spread abroad rumours of threats and snares, which, coming to his hearing through some friend, might deprive him of any wish to return to that neighbourhood. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Nathaniel Hawthorne As night approached, it proving impossible to quell her insubordination by rebuke or threats of punishment, Master Brackett, the jailer, thought fit to introduce a physician. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Andrew Lang The terrified woodcutter fled as fast as his legs would carry him, and after that neither orders nor threats would drive anybody to the enchanted moor. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux I have told Monsieur de Marquet that the man’s threats had biassed the examining magistrate against him. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

He had interestedly perused the daily newspapers, and the threats of Burke during the extradition proceedings had appealed strongly to his imagination. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Jack London As she confessed to me afterward, she bullied him with tears and hysteria and threats of a scandal that would shake the throne. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

And His Lordship up there would deal very sternly with anyone who had used threats to make you come here and say something that was not true. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope Such threats from statesmen depend generally on the wishes of other men. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson I laid before him in brief Mr. Simon’s threats and offers, and the whole incident of the bravo, with the subsequent scene at Prestongrange’s. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I don’t take much notice of threats as a rule but I had word on the telephone that they were laying for me. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Besides, threats were uttered of forcing me to return to bondage: it could not be; rather a bier for a bed — the grave for a home. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

He shook his fist in impotent wrath, and spat threats of justice through his green teeth. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Anthony Trollope His threats in that direction had always been made to his old friend the Duke of St Bungay; but a great man cannot whisper his thoughts without having them carried in the air. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard We thank you for your words, O ye gods, and we pray you to be merciful to us, for the threats of true gods are very terrible. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Wait till the old woman’s dead, Tomkins, and you shall see!” More swearing, and awful threats of what the inebriate would do when he was in possession. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Meredith I should be the lowest of women if I feared the threats of such a reptile of a man. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Gissing But now and then neither rent nor tenant was to be got at, and dire were the threats which Abraham bade the neighbours convey to the defaulters on their return. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was a good judge of men, and he realised that threats were not likely to help him. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells We were having a lovely holiday, Gemini and I-I told you I was going to — until Uncle came down uttering the most extraordinary threats and abuse. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Young Mr. Stane (whom she hated) had arrived three days before from Whitehaven; in his sinister and complimentary politeness she had imagined threats and bad omens. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope Since he had asked how she could justify to herself the threats which she was using he had sat still with his eyes fixed upon her. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It was manifestly his intention not to speak again, at any rate in the Senate; though the threats made by him as to his total retirement should not be taken as meaning much. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Bram Stoker He went away followed by threats and curses and revilings from our man. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Apparently he felt this, and tortured me with various threats from which he derived a peculiar enjoyment. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Helen did not tell you, I suppose, that he uttered all sorts of threats against me the other day. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Jane Austen Fanny sighed alone at the window till scolded away by Mrs. Norris’s threats of catching cold. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope There was an audacity about the man which threw aside all fear of the law, and which was impervious to threats and interference. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

He had even threatened, but his threats had procured him nothing but a shower of blows from the gentleman’s cane, which fell upon his shoulders sharp and long. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. G. Wells But threats and incompetent attempts to commit suicide belong to an entirely different category. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Leon Trotsky The ruling faction exerted its pressure by a mechanical concentration of its forces, by threats and reprisals. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope It was at least a matter of course that there should be threats of a petition. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope Terrible tales were told of threats uttered by one member of a family against another. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Show him out of the window! Put him out!” There was a perfect hurricane of threats and abuse. Crabbe’s Practice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Frances Hodgson Burnett A few louder brays from Berlin, a few more threats of hoofs trampling on the Star Spangled Banner and the fuse will be fired. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

I scorn your threats — I defy you. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence It appeared round the corner with loud threats of speed, but the colt that it startled from among the gorse, which still flickered indistinctly in the raw afternoon, outdistanced it at a canter. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

George Borrow Well, Finn was in a mighty panic, remembering the threats of the ould giant; however, he did not lose heart, but clapped his thumb upon the blister in order to smooth it down. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Elizabeth Gaskell Bell looked upon Sylvia as still a child, to be warned off forbidden things by threats of danger. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

She had sent her money to be banked abroad; she hoped, by means of threats to induce Mallow to give up Juliet, and she had trusted to win his love by assiduous attentions. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope He made no threats as to stopping his income. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison Every one was couched in a fanatically toned imitation of scriptural diction, and all sorts of threats were expressed with many emphatic underlinings. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

The interfering father or other relative, brutal in threats and breathing forth slaughter, comes in frequently to oppress the hero or heroine into a loathed marriage. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Leslie Stephen A milkwhite bull shall at your altars stand, That threats a fight, and spurns the rising sand. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Anthony Trollope Of giving up his bride Herbert never for a moment thought; but he did think, with increasing annoyance, of the angry threats which had been pronounced against him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells You cannot pursue people about the streets of a watering place, compelling them either by threats or importunity to buy flannel trousers. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

G. K. Chesterton In another chapter I shall deal with him more individually, and especially with that rarer sort of courage which he showed in politics, under instant threats of imprisonment and ruin. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope Come, Thady, come; you know it’s not by threats I wish to guide you; you know I love you. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Rudyard Kipling He shouted large and vague threats to my address, last night at tea, that he wasn’t going to keep cats who ‘caught no mice. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

We heard jeers, mockery, threatswords of wonder and words of contempt. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Anthony Trollope She would make Nina’s life a burden to her if she could only get hold of the girl, and would scruple at no threats as to this world or the next. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The threats of old Silfax were too serious to be disregarded. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

At length, seeing you on the brow of the hill, I took courage, and gave vent to my cries, notwithstanding the threats of the Persian. You know the rest. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

I resolved to detain him there until the fate of the true criminal was sealed, and his threats could avail no longer; but I meant no worse. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

In the mean time the sufferers in the barn having been reduced to order by the stern threats of Foxley, the ceremony of fleecing them proceeded anew. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Gaston Leroux Her hand had sought and grasped the revolver which she had been keeping in the drawer of her night-table, since she had come to fear the threats of her pursuer. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Vsevolod Krestovsky They agreed that their present position, with Kallash’s threats hanging over their heads, was intolerable. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

To intimate that he cared nothing for her threats he took out his pipe and tobacco pouch. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

But there was an awful sweetness and beauty in the face — a calm assurance about his preaching phrases — that frightened me as threats could not have done. Serapion by Francis Stevens

H. Rider Haggard Apparently he found that in them which gave him pause, for instead of springing at him, he burst into a volume of threats and filthy abuse. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Edgar Allan Poe Hearing the blow and the plunge of the body, the men below could now be induced to venture on deck neither by threats nor promises, until a proposition was made to smoke them out. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

David and Mark had to drive cowering sons out of doors with threats of violence, and in some cases with violence itself. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Nor was he the man to make idle threats of resignation; he had said he would resign, and resign he would: the collapse of the Government would be the inevitable result. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence She felt vague threats in all this. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Probably he knew his threats were futile. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Thomas Paine Howe’s first object is, partly by threats and partly by promises, to terrify or seduce the people to deliver up their arms and receive mercy. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Odysseus taking up these words, and making use of a convenient freedom, persuades the leaders by his mild language; the common people he compels by threats to heed their superiors. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Andrew Lang Then he remembered the morning when he had first seen the old woman, and her threats to him, and without saying a word he left the barber’s shop. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope It will make me very unhappy if my mother cannot be friends with my wife; but no threats of hers to that effect would prevent me from marrying, nor should they have any effect upon you. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But I tell you there will be threats and worse than threats. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Your threats cannot move me to do an act of wickedness; but they confirm me in a determination of not creating you a companion in vice. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Sinclair Lewis He was aghast as he remembered that he had made threats about becoming a Kipling hero. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens How born or bred, and or nourished upon blows and threats on one side, and retorts and defiances on the other, is not to the purpose. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Peevish remonstrances might have availed nothing; threats or angry speeches might have provoked a spirit of defiance. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope They did send down a doctor of their own, but Lizzie would not see the doctor — would not see the doctor though threats of most frightful consequences were conveyed to her. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison Things, then, were bad with Billy, and neither threats nor thumps could evoke a shilling now. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Morrison In the beginning he had tried threats and public jeers at his enemy’s infirmity. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy Henchard’s threats had alarmed her so much that she wished to see his behaviour when the two were face to face. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells Men and women were spirited away, intimidated by threats of torture, held captive. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Moreover, North was to sail in the Lady Franklin, and might put in execution his threats of official complaint, unless he was carefully dealt with. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope The blow that had told heaviest was that visit from the son, and the threats which the man had made still rung in his ears —“When that youngster was born Lady F. was Mrs. M., wasn’t she? . Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Their threats extended to their lives and all they possessed. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Jules Verne Do you think we could be so base as to accept of your generous proposal? These threats of Silfax are formidable — no doubt about it! But, after all, a man is but a man, and we can take precautions. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

His threats were not the wild ravings of anger. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne Neither caresses nor threats could make him be silent. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

If he had but told her of Ribeiro’s threats and presumptuous demands, she would have defied the one and repelled the other till she had exposed the craven through the land. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Sir Walter Scott Almost every individual was enrolled either in a military or civil capacity, for the purpose of contributing to resist the long-suspended threats of invasion, which were echoed from every quarter. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Anne Bronte I determined always strictly to fulfil the threats and promises I made; and, to that end, I must be cautious to threaten and promise nothing that I could not perform. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Charles Dickens Mothers caught up their infants and ran into their houses as I passed; men eyed me spitefully, and muttered threats and curses. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing To talk of the law and use threats in this atmosphere of serene domesticity seemed impossibly harsh. A Charming Family by George Gissing

That they were tortured, and perhaps blackmailed by threats to relatives and friends. Collected Essays by George Orwell

William Hazlitt The threats of Achilles are fatal; they carry their own means of execution with them. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Richard Burton With threats and abuse such as none but an Egyptian could tamely hear, Ali kicked his quondam friend out of the vehicle. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope The old woman’s threats had gone into her very heart’s blood. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But the lady of the household declared her conviction that there was more smoke than fire, and more threats of bribery than intention of bribing. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

But she was to realize the power of her victim’s threats that same evening. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Theodore Dreiser She could not resolve the threats and menaces of Cowperwood’s envious world any more than she could see her way through her own grim difficulties. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

What use will England have for a kidnapper and a blackmailer and — a — a bogus magician?” But as I spoke I knew that my threats were foolish. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Theodore Dreiser He had been called here by threats to answer for his prospective high crimes and misdemeanors. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

About the roots the cruel ax resounds; The stumps are pierc’d with oft-repeated wounds: The war is felt on high; the nodding crown Now threats a fall, and throws the leafy honors down. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

He knew, to all intents and purposes, that his threats had become harmless. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Edith Wharton There had been cataclysms before — times when Judy had threatened to go off and disappear with all the children — but till now she had never even attempted to put her threats into execution. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

And they were a little impressed, sufficiently so at least to turn their threats in another direction, awakening fears at last which I could not conceal, much as I felt it would be policy to do so. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope She would not have the carving of many more joints in that house if Chumpend acted up to all the threats which he had uttered to her that morning. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

The animal was demanded to be instantly restored; and in case it were not, threats were made that immediate reprisals on Persian property should ensue. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Thomas Hardy I came to beg you not to execute the threats you have repeated to me. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Walter Scott If they are such as I cannot, or ought not to reply to, believe me that no threats of violence will extort an answer from me. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Sir Richard Burton And he called to mind his brother’s threats and the contempt wherewith he had treated him, and he repeated these couplets: “Travel! And thou shalt find new friends for old ones left behind. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope No torture would get the key of the cellar from Binns; no threats extract from Pouncebox a secret of the toilet. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Revilings I could have withstood; curses, or threats of evil. Serapion by Francis Stevens

With a resolution equal to thine own, I defy thy threats of an inglorious suicide. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Henry Kingsley He was furiously naughty, and threw the book to the other end of the room, all the threats and scoldings of his mother proving insufficient to make him pick it up again. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Andrew Lang Bedloe’s suspicions must have been aroused, and, either by threats or cajolery, he wormed part of the secret out of his friends. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells These Martians presented themselves to him as the blackest of threats to all those convictions that make life worth living upon earth. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

George Gissing A woman’s voice was raised in the fury of mad drunkenness, and a man answered her with threats and blows. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Victor Hugo However this may be, men in extreme peril are quick to believe in rescue; the slightest pause in the storm’s threats is sufficient; they tell themselves that they are out of danger. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle Can the fellow’s threats have something in them and this be the warning bell of which he spoke? Surely it is impossible. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Then laid she wines on cares to make them sink: Who fears the threats of Fortune, let him drink. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Anthony Trollope And though whispers of threats as to a petition had already reached him, he was able in these, the first hours of his membership, to throw his fears on that head behind him. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Thomas Wolfe And apparently he thinks I put him in the book, and has been making threats that he’s going to kill me if I ever go back home. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

His reasoning powers could no longer afford to dismiss these old-wives’ threats as empty bickerings. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

George Gissing He made me meet him at all sorts of places—using threats at last. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins The letter contained some lover’s threats this time, as well as lover’s entreaties; and it produced its effect — an answer came. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Robert Green Ingersoll In a few years all of them will be under the control of man, the gods will be left unarmed, and the threats of their priests will excite only a smile. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The strongest piece of evidence brought forward by the prosecution was that of the witness Hableton, who swore that the prisoner used threats against the life of the deceased. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Henry Fielding Carter died soon afterwards; and from that time, at several payments, I have by threats extorted above a hundred pound more. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Wide is the fronting gate, and, rais’d on high With adamantine columns, threats the sky. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Leon Trotsky Both the accusations and the threats clearly had their source in the Russian embassy. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle No threats of mine could induce them to give up the Countess. We tightened the cord. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

H. G. Wells By imperceptible degrees the ordinary prosperous citizen found his life enmeshed in a tangle of threats and vague anxieties. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins But the end — how did it end?” “As it began:— in threats on his part, in endurance on mine. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Gissing She almost forgot Dagworthy’s presence; he and his threats were of small account in this shaking of the depths of her nature. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

I did not like this, and felt alarmed about it, for I remembered the threats of the master. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Meredith Between Camillo and Michiella a scene of some vivacity ensued—reproaches, threats of calamity, offers of returning endearment upon her part; a display of courtly scorn upon his. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope The threats of a single life made by pretty girls with good fortunes never go for much in this world. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

As his comrades said, he died because he had determined to die — an instance of that obstinate fatalism in their mulish temperament which no kind words or threats can cure. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

George Eliot Even as it was, that feeling from time to time gave threats of its ultimate mastery, in sudden bursts of irrelevant exclamation. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Gissing O’Gree had rushed up without a light, and was battling desperately in the darkness with a score of pillow-fighters, roaring out threats the while at the top of his voice. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Tobias Smolle The noise alarmed the usher, who, finding himself shut out, endeavoured, partly by threats and partly by entreaties, to procure admission. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Jules Verne Notwithstanding his great age, his strength is astonishing, and his threats used to make me tremble. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Wilkie Collins Furies, hysterics, faintings, denials, threats — Jackling endured them all by turns. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]