Phrases with "toys"

Edith Wharton He was so proud — and yet so soft-hearted! And where could he have put the little things? They never grew past their toys — there’s the worst of it. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

He had brought a great parcel of toys for the two children; and Selwyn Lister, a fine boisterous boy in a Highland costume, was summoned downstairs to assist at the unpacking of these treasures. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It is as a stream of scent, bounded and confined by changeful tints as the sun toys with the shadows, and curve after curve, reach after reach, slip by. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Nathaniel Hawthorne Oh, with your never-closing eyes, had you but an intellect to moralize on all that flits before them, what a wise doll would you be! — Come, little Annie, we shall find toys enough, go where we may. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells They were the time-honoured toys and regalia of kings and emperors. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope Not even did the little lords, her brothers, chuck their books and toys about with less idea of demeanour. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope There’s carts and gigs, And pins for pigs,   There’s dibblers and there’s harrows, And ploughs like toys For little boys,   And ilegant wheel-barrows. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson When I was sick and lay a-bed, I had two pillows at my head, And all my toys beside me lay, To keep me happy all the day. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

The evening after the funeral Annie took Idella, with the child’s clothes and toys in a bundle, and Bolton drove them down Over the Track to the Savors’. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson A child who had been remarkably fond of toys (and in particular of lead soldiers) found himself growing to the level of acknowledged boyhood without any abatement of this childish taste. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Romance and such-like toys were playthings for fatted middle-age, not for strenuous and cold-eyed youth. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

G. K. Chesterton The lessons were lost, but the toys were eternal; the men had been harsh, but the child had been well content; if there were nothing better, he would return. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Charles Dickens Girt to his side was the steel hilt of an old sword without blade or scabbard; and some particoloured ends of ribands and poor glass toys completed the ornamental portion of his attire. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Rudyard Kipling Next, Loftie clamoured for a laboratory and got it, dust and air-tight, with lots of the Schermoltz toys laid out among taps and sinks and glass shelves. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Anthony Trollope And there were precious toys lying here and there about the room — toys very precious, but placed there not because of their price, but because of their beauty. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Kenneth Grahame Of all the toys the world provides for right-minded persons, the original elements rank easily the first. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

William Dampier At last, being out of hopes to find their habitations, we searched no farther; but left a great many toys ashore in such places where we thought that they would come. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

George Gissing Don’t you know some far-off country where there are fewer people and happier, where you can play with your toys all day long and wrong no one? If you do, go there, go there quickly. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

We plant pomegranate trees and things, And go in gardens sporting, With toys and fans of peacocks’ wings, To painted ladies courting. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Theodore Dreiser She even got into the habit of keeping a few of Vesta’s toys at the apartment, so that she could have something to play with when she came. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

His toys have been few, and he has never wanted more. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

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

H. G. Wells They will come into his toys and play mingled with a thousand other interests, the fortifying powder of clear general ideas, amidst the jam of play. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Abraham Merri The toys upon the ship had moved — new toys had appeared! No longer were there four manikins on the black deck. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Leon Trotsky I had almost no ready-made toys in my childhood. My Life by Leon Trotsky

She saw crowds of determined-looking persons grimly ruining themselves in toys and confectionery for the dear ones at home, and she wished she was in a position to ruin a little — just a little. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells Our business is to finish making little wooden toys — bears, cattle men, and the like — for children. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

All our chairs and stools looked like toys when she was there, and even tall Sitanov looked undersized beside her. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Charles Dickens When he was very little indeed, I used to take him to the windows of the toy-shops, and show him the toys inside. The Poor Relation’s Story by Charles Dickens [1852]

Guy de Maupassan She made them buy ridiculous toys which they had to carry in their hands. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Paul Marchmont struck the slim leg of the étagère with his foot, and laughed aloud as the fragile toys fell into a ruined heap upon the carpet. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins Taking toys and trinkets in general, Miss Rachel was nothing like so mad after them as most young girls. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Louisa May Alcott No toys in this first chest remain, For all are carried away, In their old age, to join again In another small Meg’s play. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Theodore Dreiser Warm in the appreciation of the joys of childhood, they love to see the little ones enjoy their toys and games. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells There was no special place for me to play, and if I laid out my toys on the living-room table, a meal was sure to descend and sweep them away. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Maria Edgeworth Notwithstanding it has so long been observed, that children dislike useless, motionless playthings, it is but of late that more rational toys have been devised for their amusements. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Ah! what heavenly toys those were that the children of this soil beheld, that mystic night, in their dreams! Painted cars with orchestral wheels, making music more delicious than the roll of planets. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

D.H. Lawrence For her the world was still a great wonder-box which hid innumerable sweet toys for surprises in all its crevices. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf I twist up toys out of anything. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

G. K. Chesterton If toys and trifles can make people happy, that happiness is not a trifle and certainly cannot be a trick. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Abraham Merri And if I had made them for my toys I surely would not heap upon their heartbreak and misery, pain and sorrow — no punishments, O Ishtar — not if they were toys that could feel these things. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Anthony Trollope But since that the things written annually — all of which have been fixed to Christmas like children’s toys to a Christmas tree — have had no real savour of Christmas about them. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton Well, I feel now that I was young enough for toys thirty years ago; but I didn’t feel so then. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Theodore Dreiser Her father had given her all the toys she wanted without stint; her mother and brothers had coddled her, particularly her mother. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson The child that is not clean and neat, With lots of toys and things to eat, He is a naughty child, I’m sure — Or else his dear papa is poor. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Green Ingersoll The steam engine — the telegraph — these are but the toys with which science has been amused. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Elio He expected to find the sitting-room as he left it, with nothing to meet his eyes but Milly’s work-basket in the corner of the sofa, and the children’s toys overturned in the bow-window. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Seen from a distance, from the river, it was a very pleasing sight; everything looked like tiny toys of many colors. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Frances Hodgson Burnett Robin did not describe the nurseries to him, but Donal knew that they were ugly and that there were no toys in them and nothing to do. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Bronislaw Malinowski She carries also toys for her children. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson They weren’t to take their toys with them either, their great big best toys. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Chateauroy spoke with a carelessness as of a man to a dog, turning to his Corporal. “Victor, Mme. la Princesse honors you with the desire to see your toys again. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

It was he who gave me most of my toys and, I more than suspect, most of my ideas. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Andrew Lang Clemens of Alexandria, and Arnobius, an early Christian father who follows Clemens, describe certain toys of the child Dionysus which were used in the mysteries. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Bronislaw Malinowski The father makes small weapons as toys for his sons. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Gissing In a little cot was sitting his child, May, rather more than a year old; she had toys about her, and was for the moment contented. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Let me go with you to Lambeth. I will buy no china dragons today; and the money I put in my purse to waste on toys shall be given to your poor. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Arnold Bennett Mr. Povey, to prove that his soul was above toys and gewgaws, continued to play the harmonium. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Some authors maintain that organic beings have been formed in many ways for the sake of mere variety, almost like toys in a shop, but such a view of nature is incredible. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

A Christmas parcel of books and toys came from her regularly, and although she never saw her old nurse again, they were still writing to each other in the nineteen-twenties. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

H. G. Wells I made a terrific fuss if my toys or games were touched and I displayed great vigour in acquiring their more attractive possessions. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle A dozen motor-buses towered up like islands in this flood, the passengers who crowded the roofs lying all huddled together and across each others’ laps like a child’s toys in a nursery. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Touching these ivory toys — if thou does not bring henceforth to me all the work in them that thou doest, thou shalt never come here more to meet the light of her eyes. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

A visitor describes him as unpacking a box of new importations for his master “as if he had been sorting some toys for a restless child. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Dowson went home and began to pack neatly in a box the neglected doll and the toys which had accompanied her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

John Galsworthy What reason is there to suppose that our bumps of benevolence will increase in time to stop our using these great new toys of destruction, Michael!” “‘Where you know little, place terrors. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Catherine Helen Spence As we have our own apartments, and our own clothes and furniture, so the children in this common nursery have their own property, even though some out-grown toys descend. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Rudyard Kipling Yes, my friends, the Kings, are very fond of toys — and so am I sometimes. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

H. G. Wells His implements were scattered and left in the deeper layers of the silted cave, like the toys of a child that has recently been sent to bed. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Guy de Maupassan M. Duretour would always buy him all the toys he wished, and he fed him on cake and candies. The Child by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Magdalen took her into the next room and put her to bed like a child — with her toys by her side. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George MacDonald Around him were a great many toys of all prices, from a penny up to shillings. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

G. K. Chesterton Get a long way off it: God lets us turn all things into toys by his great gift of distance. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Then they had passed a church and a vicarage and a little shop-window or so in a cottage with toys and sweets and odd things set out for sale. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The toys were left behind when she was taken to the seaside. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

All his friends knew how well he liked these toys and frequently sent them to him. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon I gave him an intense and detailed visual image of his friend rummaging frantically among his toys for the lost dog. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Virginia Woolf I saw the first morning he would never see — the sparrows were like toys dangled from a string by a child. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]