Phrases with "uncommonly"

They have been uncommonly quick about getting it down. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Charles Dickens My sister was uncommonly lively on the present occasion, and indeed was generally more gracious in the society of Mrs. Hubble than in other company. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

In ten minutes, all trace of the row had disappeared, excepting that one gentleman’s collar looked rather limp and his hair was uncommonly sleek. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

I remember Mercot, who looked uncommonly fit and handsome, toasting me in champagne, and Adela Victor sitting at a piano and singing to us divinely. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

It looks to me uncommonly like a trick you two boys would play,” he added, turning sharply upon me and Tod. And the suspicion made us all the more eager to find out the real fox. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

He seemed in an uncommonly good humor. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Arthur Morrison Clearly, here was an uncommonly remunerative cosh — a cosh so good that the boots had been neglected, and remained on the man’s feet. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope He must perform some exploit uncommonly cheeky in order to cover his late discomfiture. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

This step looked uncommonly like a gathering of war-men. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anthony Trollope As far as I can understand the way of things in your Government, the aspirants to office succeed chiefly by making themselves uncommonly unpleasant to those who are in power. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Miss Di is young, but she is uncommonly well aware of her own value, and she is looking higher. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Arthur Morrison More: Mr Weech’s manner was uncommonly amiable, and when the meal was over, of his own motion, he handed over a supplementary penny. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

He was as cadaverous as ever in his looks, and his pale-blue eyes, thin lips and general sneering expression struck Dan afresh as uncommonly unpleasant. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

I detest your country, but I must confess she breeds uncommonly handsome men. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

R. D. Blackmore Yet here in the old time landed men who carved the shape of England; and here even in these lesser days, are landed uncommonly fine cod. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope He does his duty here uncommonly well. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Leo Tolstoy That uncommonly strong fellow is a horse-stealer, and guilty also, but compared with others not as culpable. The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

Hang it all, why shouldn’t I indulge my fancy? I’m uncommonly well off, and I haven’t chick or child to leave it to. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Wilkie Collins My wife has got over it uncommonly well, sir, on seven previous occasions — and I don’t doubt but what she’ll conduct herself in a similar manner on the eighth. The Fatal Cradle by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Arthur Morrison The house was uncommonly quiet. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Morrison In confirmation they adduced the uncommonly long face of the steward (the only man in the ship satisfied with the skipper), whom the new regulations hit with the same blow. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

John Lewis Burckhard The people are uncommonly fond of the game, two persons seldom sitting down together without immediately beginning to draw squares in the sand. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

G. K. Chesterton The yellow West Kensingtons I always reckoned the weakest part of the army; but he has pulled them together uncommonly well, though he’s subordinate to Swindon, who’s a donkey. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Mark Twain In Stamboul was a man with a prodigious head, an uncommonly long body, legs eight inches long and feet like snow-shoes. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

You’ve been — er — uncommonlyreally there’s no word to . Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

I detected a slight, quivering start or two, which looked uncommonly like bounding away. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Wilkie Collins What the deuce do you mean by abusing Society? Society has behaved uncommonly well, in my opinion. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

James Payn A candlestick comes uncommonly handy to the fingers when luck has gone pertinaciously against one, and the man who has won all the money is personally hateful. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

But it is uncommonly sharp practice, to say the least. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

This was no mere ebullition of militarism, but something uncommonly like a national revival. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George Eliot He’s an uncommonly adroit, useful fellow, that factotum of Philip’s. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

H. Rider Haggard Then Nyleptha sent a messenger to Sir Henry, and presently he arrived looking uncommonly uncomfortable. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Richard Burton He can read a little, write his name, and is uncommonly clever at a bargain. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Planchet was in truth no vulgar companion in these new adventures; he was a man of uncommonly sound sense. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

It was a very good dinner, uncommonly good to me after my journey. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

William Makepeace Thackeray Lady Lyndon, especially, twice dreamed of her son’s death; but, as she was now grown uncommonly nervous and vapourish, I treated her fears with scorn, and my own, of course, too. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Two years ago I was out in a chasse au sanglier, central France; perhaps you don’t know their work? It’s uncommonly queer. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Anthony Trollope You are pretty, you know — uncommonly pretty. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens His Sowship, having that uncommonly high opinion of himself as a king, had a very low opinion of Parliament as a power that audaciously wanted to control him. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Arthur Morrison I waited till the woman had taken her ballads away, and I had grown uncommonly cold in the legs, and then crept back to bed. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens The last day but one of our journey was an uncommonly hot day. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Anthony Trollope I think it’s uncommonly nice. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Uncommonly good things in it here and there — uncommonly good. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope Poor dear Cecilia has been uncommonly silly. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Charles Dickens Kit was a shock-headed, shambling, awkward lad with an uncommonly wide mouth, very red cheeks, a turned-up nose, and certainly the most comical expression of face I ever saw. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

William Makepeace Thackeray The Little Schoolroom Let us, people who are so uncommonly clever and learned, have a great tenderness and pity for the poor folks who are not endowed with the prodigious talents which we have. Dr. Birch and his young friends by William Makepeace Thackeray [1849]

Ann Radcliffe The evening was still and uncommonly beautiful. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

He saw that his friend’s face was uncommonly pale and that his eyes glowed like living coals. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

G. K. Chesterton It would explain the tradition of the Crusades uncommonly well. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Anthony Trollope Of course, I had heard that Chiltern has the Brake, and I have heard also that he is doing it uncommonly well. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

If she is a snared bird, you will admit that she is uncommonly fond of her cage. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Madame Boche also had just caught sight of him standing at the corner of the pavement with his head thrust forward in an uncommonly sly manner. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

He was apparently of middle age, dark and uncommonly handsome. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

I must say he did it uncommonly well. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He rather moves than “dabbles” in literature, and not uncommonly takes a hand at some of the many forms of art. A Sole Survivor by Ambrose Bierce

The winning cards are all in my own hand this time, and it will be uncommonly hard if he gets the best of me. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Rymer liked her for her hearty kindness, and liked uncommonly the dish of hot sausages, or chops, that would come on the table for supper. A Life of Trouble by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anthony Trollope He was, however, so uncommonly drunk that he might be allowed to count for two or three. North America by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood The only thing I find it uncommonly difficult to explain is — that — damned odor. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Of course Phil Sheldon has got irons of his own in the fire; for he’s an uncommonly deep card, you see, that brother of yours, and it isn’t to be expected he’ll tell me all he’s up to. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

There seemed to be uncommonly little free space, and what looked like a gigantic net was clumsily heaped abaft of a stumpy mast. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

This morning he had had no bath of any kind, yet he felt cleaner than usual, and his eyes and nostrils and ears seemed to be uncommonly awake. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

G. K. Chesterton An instant before, Marshal Von Grock had looked uncommonly like a rhinoceros, with his heavy folds of leathery cheek and jaw. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Henry Kingsley His hair was very dark brown, short, and curling; his forehead was broad and open, and below it were two uncommonly pleasant-looking dark grey eyes. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Rudyard Kipling Anything like a business summary of the railway schemes that come up for discussion from time to time would fill a couple of these letters, and would be uncommonly dry reading. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Gissing But he was really uncommonly pleasant; I shall think a good deal better of him than I have done. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Her name was Adela Oglander, and people expected her to do uncommonly well for herself. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Helen had his arm, and he was talking to her in what seemed an uncommonly solemn manner: for his hand was lifted now and then in earnestness, and both were gazing upwards. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

Charles Dickens I say, my dear Loo! AN’T it uncommonly jolly now!’ A SUNNY midsummer day. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Charles Dickens It would be uncommonly jolly!’ Her thoughtfulness baffled his cunning scrutiny. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

The onus probandi would fall upon any one purporting to be descended from the said Samuel, and we know how uncommonly difficult said person would find it to prove anything. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

But since we three were so blindly in the dark, how and whence could it have come? Anthony was, of course, uncommonly astute, yet I had no curiosity as to the guesses I saw him shrewdly elaborating. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Presently, as I was garaging the car in an outhouse, Sandy appeared in flannel bags and a tweed jacket, looking as fresh as paint and uncommonly sunburnt. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope Neefit was taking to drink in the midst of all this confusion, and was making himself uncommonly unpleasant in the bosom of his family. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Charles Dickens The day was uncommonly fine; the air bracing and healthful; the whole aspect of the town cheerful, thriving, and industrious. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

I’m uncommonly glad to see you back again. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Louisa May Alcott Letters, manuscripts, books, and bundles can be passed in there, and as each nation has a key, it will be uncommonly nice, I fancy. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

She was riding with Mary and Lombard, and I was behind with Barbara and Haraldsen, and I couldn’t help telling her father that she was an uncommonly pretty child. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Ford Madox Ford Still, the girl probably was a good talker and, if little, yet physically uncommonly fit . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Karl Philipp Moritz The air was mild, and I seemed to feel myself uncommonly cheerful and happy. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Henry James It was most uncommonly kind of him, for instance, to have given them a house. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

When these sombre thoughts came to him he would pick up his book and read it again, and in common fairness he had to admit to himself that he found it uncommonly good. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

G. K. Chesterton The two men running in it had an impression not uncommonly experienced between those wild green English walls; a sense of being led between the walls of a maze. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Have some more of that mulligatawny, my lad, it’s uncommonly good. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Eliot But she is the image of Bycliffe, whom I knew well — an uncommonly fine woman — steps like a queen. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

The shots were thick and fast—and uncommonly loud; none, I think, from our side. Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce [1888]

Anthony Trollope He did something uncommonly unhandsome the other day, though I don’t quite know what. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

On the latter stood iced cider and some sparkling lemonade: uncommonly good, both, on that thirsty day. Bursting-up by Ellen Wood [1871]

Anthony Trollope He’s a very good fellow — as far as I am able to judge, an uncommonly good young man. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Company promotion is his chief line, and he is uncommonly clever at taking advantage of every crack in our confused company law. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Edith Wharton I left a note for my aunt, explaining that I was ill and had gone to see my doctor; and as a matter of fact I did feel uncommonly ill — the night seemed to have pumped all the blood out of me. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

G. K. Chesterton He has stocked his street with food until there must be uncommonly little room to turn round. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Rudyard Kipling The rifle was a side-bolt weapon of some kind, and the bayonet an uncommonly good sword one, locked to the muzzle, English fashion. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Vsevolod Krestovsky It is uncommonly profitable for the purchasers, because they buy far below the market rates. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Algernon Blackwood But what I mean is we’ve got to be uncommonly careful with him,” he ended lamely. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Gissing It’s uncommonly good of you, Iris—” “It’s not uncommonly good of you,” she broke in, still seated, and her arms crossed. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins His report was uncommonly short and pleasant. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

But you are uncommonly cool about the business. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing Miss Allen, I learnt from her, was an uncommonly good girl—everything I imagined her. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The breakfast, moreover, proved Martin to be what his master had boasted — an uncommonly good cook. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

William Makepeace Thackeray Bow-wow, Cerberus! Here shall be no sop for thee, unless — unless Cerberus is an uncommonly good dog, when we shall bear no malice because he flew at us from our neighbor’s gate. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Anthony Trollope There she was in the chair; and unless Miss Ruff was prepared to give up her table and do something that would be uncommonly rude even for her, the rubber must go on. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The summer, which was uncommonly hot, had been protracted into the beginning of this month, when on the eighteenth a sudden change was brought about from summer temperature to winter frost. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

When I start reading them I know beforehand everybody will talk so uncommonly well—not like——” “You and me,” suggested Annette. “Well, not like me, anyhow. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

H. Rider Haggard You see, Philip is uncommonly fond of money, and George is rich. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Henry Kingsley She is uncommonly handsome and ladylike, but looks rather brown and lean from living on birds’ nests and sea-weed for above six months of her life. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You have made it uncommonly expensive, but we do not grudge money. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Henry James You must remember that to have to withdraw from the ground she has taken, to make a public surrender of what she has publicly appropriated, will go uncommonly hard with her pride. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Bevere used to be uncommonly fond of frequenting their company, I believe. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Well, he ate and enjoyed it, by George. Then I said, ‘Old fellow, it’s uncommonly dry, so you must take the sauce to it. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

William Makepeace Thackeray I’m told the electro-plate is uncommonly good. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Maria Edgeworth Lady Delacour rejoiced to perceive that this account made Belinda uncommonly serious. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Henry David Thoreau James Collins’ shanty was considered an uncommonly fine one. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

I fully indorsed my particular writer’s opinion that the murderer was an uncommonly cool and clever individual, especially as I fancy he got clear off and was never afterward laid hands on. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope I don’t care very much about it, but I don’t know why I should always be so uncommonly unlucky. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

You have come into an uncommonly good thing, and I shall expect you to keep your promise. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Anthony Trollope I think the country would do uncommonly well if it were to know that no old law would be altered or new law made for the next twenty years. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope You haven’t got any more of the same, have you?” “I’m uncommonly sorry,” said the sick man, rising up on his elbow, “but I’m afraid there is not. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Guy de Maupassan The little man began to fish again, and he caught so many that I trembled with vexation, and his wife said: ‘It is an uncommonly good spot, and we will come here always Desiré. The Hole by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton It’s a queer thing, but that cloud coming up the valley is uncommonly like the shape of a pig. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

During the meal, he devoted himself to complimenting everybody, not forgetting himself, so that we were an uncommonly agreeable quartette. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

If Tiny Luttrell suffered at all from self-consciousness as she followed Lady Dromard from the tent, she hid it uncommonly well. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

G. K. Chesterton Or, again, if Hamlet is not a great tragedy it is an uncommonly good tale. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Anthony Trollope That’s uncommonly good sport. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Only it seems that everybody is uncommonly well pleased without thinking who has to pay for the piper. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James And he is uncommonly well turned out; quite the sort of figure that pleases the ladies. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell They are at their idolatrous ‘messe,’ and I am here, that is in the Refectoire. I should like uncommonly to be in the dining-room at home, or in the kitchen, or in the back kitchen. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Perhaps he was such an uncommonly black-hearted villain, so very, very cold-blooded in his wickedness that the justice unsparingly dealt out to him by the dramatist could not suffice. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Jane Austen You foretold how it would be when I first came to Langford, and Mainwaring is so uncommonly pleasing that I was not without apprehensions for myself. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Anthony Trollope His brother was a Neville, and was moreover an uncommonly clever fellow. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Edith Wharton But it was part of my boredom — I remember — that I was feeling so uncommonly well, and didn’t know how on earth to work off my surplus energy. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Walter Scott The accents must have been uncommonly interesting to the Varangian, since, forgetting his own dangerous situation, he immediately turned and flew to the suppliant’s assistance. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

George Meredith Your eccentric characters are not uncommonly amateurs of petty artifice. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

G. K. Chesterton He began by saying that he supposed a large number of them would be uncommonly glad not to go. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Louisa May Alcott It’s an uncommonly fine one, isn’t it?” said Tudor, with great presence of mind, and an air of sober interest that did credit to his breeding. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

H. Rider Haggard Bellamy tells me that your daughter Angela (if I had a daughter, I should call her Diabola, it is more appropriate for a woman) has grown uncommonly handsome. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing I am told that Bella promises to be a remarkable pianist, and Lily is uncommonly strong in languages. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Mark Twain When they were not seasick they were uncommonly prompt when the dinner-gong sounded. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Sir Walter Scott In short, her language bespoke a better education, as well as an uncommonly firm and resolved mind, and a character of that sort from which great virtues or great crimes may be naturally expected. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Caroline Lamb I thought him uncommonly stupid all this summer, which I attribute now to you; for you encouraged him in his whims and woes. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

The mere fact of their inviting us shows that we stand badly; for it runs in the teeth of Brüning’s warning at Bensersiel, and smells uncommonly like arrest. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Wilkie Collins It’s a pretty case, William, so far — an uncommonly pretty case, as it stands at present. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Richard Burton As we entered the Caravanserai, there appeared at the door the black face of Shaykh Nur, looking, though accompanied by sundry fellow-countrymen, uncommonly as if he merited and expected the bamboo. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Arthur Morrison Well, I have succeeded uncommonly well. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

He was sprightly in conversation, and his voice was uncommonly musical. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

A chap looking uncommonly like a bummer. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

This seemed to me uncommonly high-minded. Memories and Studies by William James

G. K. Chesterton Dr. Gluck is making an uncommonly good speech, but I couldn’t stop even for that. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Christina played also, by no means ill, and Herbert uncommonly well; but this player neither won nor lost very prettily. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

His boys were uncommonly well taught, and as regarded attendance, good conduct, and the like, left nothing to be desired. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

Rudyard Kipling It’s uncommonly good of you, and all the rest of it, but every man — even you, Torp — must consider his work. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

It is a fact that Madge Brodie was an uncommonly pretty girl — but such an accident was not likely to make any impression on the commercial instincts of a creature who battens upon authors. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Bram Stoker He is uncommonly clever, if one can judge from his face, and full of energy. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

We’re to meet the other godfather and the godmother at the church, uncle, — Mr. and Mrs. Wilson from over the way — uncommonly nice people. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Besides, if she had been married, she would scarcely have been wandering about the world in that miserable manner, unless her husband was an uncommonly bad lot. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Gissing The youngest, about seventeen, an uncommonly pretty girl. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Virginia Woolf Tapestries flapped on the castle walls; fifty thousand bats —“odious animals whose stench is uncommonly noisome”— hung in clusters in the caves beneath. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Robinson returned late, tired out, and in an uncommonly savage humor. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

He has used his knife uncommonly skilfully, and you notice that each arm was taken off with the scapula attached, just as a butcher takes off a shoulder of mutton. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

What accounts have you from home?’ ‘Excellent,’ said Amy; ‘Charlie is uncommonly well, he has been out of doors a great deal, and has even dined out several times. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Gissing But how is it no one had an inkling of this? They have kept the secret uncommonly well. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope You seem to have been uncommonly lucky. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

That is queer, to say the least of it, thinks I. A lady who gives a party every night, and whose visitors are all gentlemen, is an uncommonly queer customer. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

R. D. Blackmore He was an uncommonly honest lawyer, highly incapable of almost any trick, and lofty in his view of things, when his side of them was the legal one. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

John Lewis Burckhard The walls are uncommonly well built: the existing columns have the Philæ capitals, but are less nicely worked. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Morrison But then I concluded I was mistaken; for in a few moments Mrs. Grimes was plainly heard coming downstairs, with an uncommonly full tread; and presently she presented herself. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope I think I have done uncommonly well. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood He possessed this kind of divination from first impressions, and not uncommonly it proved correct. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Undoubtedly, there had been strong language used on either side, uncommonly strong language. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Wilkie Collins I can only tell you that he has some uncommonly strong interest to back him in certain high quarters, which you and I had better not mention except under our breaths. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

There was a large party and some uncommonly pretty women. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle Her daughter was in the room, too — an uncommonly fine girl she is, too; she was looking red about the eyes and her lips trembled as I spoke to her. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

He finds Parnassus uncommonly steep, and there is no chance of his having much time or inclination to look about him till he gets to the top. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Mark Twain The proof that this is the genuine spot where Noah was buried can only be doubted by uncommonly incredulous people. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Eliot He’s uncommonly knowing, I’ll allow; but how came he to go to the Indies? I should like that answered. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

Arriving at the entrance to the Court drive, Larose was surprised to get a quick glimpse at what looked uncommonly like a police ambulance coming out. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Arthur Machen She seems to have been a sort of enigma; and I expect if that one dead man could have told tales, he would have told some uncommonly queer ones. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

He’s rather a bent lily, but of course he’s an uncommonly good match. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Henry Kingsley She was an uncommonly powerful, red-faced Irish-woman; her arms were bare, and she had them akimbo, and was scratching her elbows. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

His opinions were uncommonly well put. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Gissing Glad to see that you’re looking so uncommonly fit. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Charles Dickens His breathing was so uncommonly loud, that it sounded almost like a snore. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

At least I gathered it was something like that; anyhow, it was something uncommonly important. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

William Morris Scarlet geraniums, for instance, or the yellow calceolaria, which indeed are not uncommonly grown together profusely, in order, I suppose, to show that even flowers can be thoroughly ugly. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Algernon Blackwood He only realized that Hank’s presence, thrust thus between them, was welcomeuncommonly welcome. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Professor Marcel Hebert is a singularly erudite and liberal thinker (a seceder, I believe, from the Catholic priesthood) and an uncommonly direct and clear writer. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Wilkie Collins I told her plainly that people unequally matched in years — women older than men, as well as men older than women — were not uncommonly married among us. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

And she is an uncommonly handsome girl, and might marry any one if she had the opportunity. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope She was, in truth, an uncommonly good young woman; not beautiful, not clever, but most truly anxious for the welfare of her brother. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Machen However, there he was settled in Harlesden, with some fragments of a practice, and an uncommonly pretty wife. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

Henry Handel Richardson Their original plan of taking the train a part of the way was, however, abandoned when the morning came; for it was an uncommonly lovely day, and a fresh breeze was blowing. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope George’s neighbour was uncommonly pretty—was, indeed, one of the prettiest women that he had ever seen;—that any man could see anywhere. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson The weather during the months of April and May had been uncommonly boisterous, and so cold that the thermometer seldom exceeded 40 degrees, while the barometer was generally about 29. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ann Radcliffe She found much pleasure in the conversation of the nuns, many of whom were uncommonly amiable, and the dignified sweetness of whose manners formed a charm irresistibly attractive. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Captain Copperas brought out a bottle of champagne, which tasted uncommonly good to our thirsty throats. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

Samuel Johnson It is well shaded by tall ash trees, of a species, as Mr. Janes the fossilist informed me, uncommonly valuable. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Arthur Morrison He is well over fifty now, a large heavy-faced man with uncommonly wild eyes for a greengrocer — which is what he is, though he dresses very well, considering. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Machen I haven’t been there myself, but I’ve met several men who have, and they tell me it’s uncommonly jovial. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Arthur Conan Doyle I think the whole case fits together uncommonly well. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Shakespeare had, as Sir Walter Raleigh has well pointed out, uncommonly little to do with it. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]