Phrases with "used"

Sir Walter Scott There was a hook at the back of the axe, which the ancient Highlanders used to assist them to climb over walls, fixing the hook upon it and raising themselves by the handle. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

The succeeding day we passed Ukumbi, and arrived at Uyombo. On the way I was obliged to abandon one of the donkeys, as he was completely used up. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

John Hill Burton Perhaps it may serve the purpose of farther explaining the sense in which Bentham used the terms happiness and pleasure, to compare them with those words which more nearly approach to them. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Margaret Oliphant But he answered very nicely when I spoke to him, and said he was more used to Walter Methven than to any other name, and that to be neighbourlike would just be his pleasure. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Mrs. Gaskell He used to say the old ladies in the town wanted something to talk about; but I don’t think they did. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

D. H. Lawrence She was not used to these homogeneous crowds. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing The opportunity of strong, placid speech at length presented itself, and Emma used it well. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He now wore an air of great dignity, and, in conversing with the other gentlemen, he used a grave and weighty deliberation. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Henry James So we’re square, aren’t we?” The term Francie used was a colloquialism generally associated with levity, but her face, as she spoke, was none the less deeply serious — serious even to pain. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Gustave Flauber She took them in her little chemise, as she had no bathing suit, and afterwards her nurse dressed her in the cabin of a customs officer, which was used for that purpose by other bathers. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

It was an old hymn which the Salvation Army used to play in the Cape Town streets when I was a schoolboy. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

H. G. Wells A half-dozen phrases constituted his conversation: “hard lines!” he used to say, and “Good baazness,” in a bass bleat. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Sinclair Lewis I was just letting my big mouth run on, as Eino used to say. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Baldwin Spencer The specimens illustrated on Plate XXXII. were also used during the same burial ceremony as the one last described. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Andrew Lang Men like Mr. James Lenox used to keep the market up. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison I examined him at once, of course; and I also turned over a box that Weeks, the groom, used to keep brushes and odd things in. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

John Galsworthy The card he used to play at times of stress — the eleventh baronet — had failed for the last three months; Fleur seemed of late to resent his introduction as a remedy. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy That’s the tradition as I used to hear it as a child. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Ivan Turgenev Monsieur Gaston used to live in our house, in the room over my head. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

James Joyce You’re the very same serious person that used to lecture me on Sunday mornings when I had a sore head and a fur on my tongue. Dubliners by James Joyce

Margaret Oliphant Let us return to our—lamb,” cried Julia. “Tell me, have you seen a great deal of her? How little I thought when we used to laugh about Miss Williamson that it would come true. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

M. P. Shiel And there was a fourth room of netting in the row, but empty; as to which my pupil said to me: “The one that used to be in this fourth room was huge, Miss Newnes, and had a pale face. The Pale Ape by M. P. Shiel [1911]

Sinclair Lewis Last year they began to charge extra for tea!” “Extra? For TEA?” “Yes. And it used to be quite nice there! The guests were people one could know. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Why, I used to consider you a model couple — perfectly Arcadian in your devotion — and now you scarcely speak to each other. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

There is a special lamp which is used to test the air for gas, and when it is present in at all large quantities it can be detected by the flame of an ordinary Davy lamp burning blue. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry Handel Richardson It was eleven o’clock — the time he used to get home from lessons. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

He banged it down resolutely and in that smooth inexpressive tone so many ears used to bend eagerly to catch when it came from the Great de Barral he said: “Let’s get away. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Richard Burton The Greeks used oil poured into a boy’s hand. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Willa Cather The queer country clothes she used to wear suited her much better, Mrs. Harsanyi thought. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope To none of the arguments used against him would he yield in the least. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

He gave prizes to servants who disliked dogs, and when he heard that a man had drowned a litter of pups he used to visit that person and try to marry his daughter. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Who’s the man?” “He used to be a manager of a bank, but now he’s a partner in a firm of stockbrokers in the city. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

The last writer speaks of a cement, made in part of liquid gold, as used in the royal buildings of Tambo, a valley not far from Yucay! (Ubi supra. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Gertrude Stein After all, Gertrude Stein used to say to her, Mildred nobody can say that you have not had a good run for your money. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Virginia Woolf These few minutes had been used by Willoughby in sketching to the Dalloways the people they were to meet, and checking them upon his fingers. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Gissing She questioned him as to the likely betrayer, and the name of Sagaris having been mentioned, used the opportunity to learn what she could concerning the man. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Carrie objected strongly to my saying “Good old,” but she made no remark when Willie used the double adjective. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Beyond the short passage was the door opening into the sitting-room used by the young heiress of Raynham. Black Milsom had only to push it open. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It is very rough and looks as if no one ever used it. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Sinclair Lewis She was flighty, fond of triumphs, but cautious, a city girl used to many suitors. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Lupin said: “Rats! You must get used to it. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Could you tell it from one of ours? It stood in the same part of their temples, and was used in ordinary worship as ours, and in extraordinary purifications. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Oscar Wilde He heard one of them whisper to the other, “That is Dorian Gray.” He remembered how pleased he used to be when he was pointed out, or stared at, or talked about. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anthony Trollope Ralph, indeed, had been on the alert, and the keepers had not become slack;—but there had been a whisper about the place that the master didn’t care so much about the foxes as he used to do. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arthur Machen I used to think of such things in the old days at Oxford; ‘old Bill,’ the tutor, used to praise my essays, but I never wrote anything like this. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Still more, formerly I used to get Laporte, my valet de chambre, to read historical subjects to me; but he put a stop to these readings, and took away Laporte from me. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Ivan Turgenev Sometimes I’d wake up at night and hear his footstep — he used to go to bed very late — and my heart would stand still with veneration, or some other feeling. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu You used not to be such a fool, old Dixie. I’m your bishop now; I’ve said it, mind — and no one sees you,” said Cleve, again offering his cigars. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Andrew Lang The saet was occupied by the servants of the farm as sleeping-rooms; generally it was screened by hangings and low panels, which partitioned it off like huge separate boxes, used as beds. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Jane Austen He thinks very differently of her from what he used to do; he does her some justice, but his reconciliation with her mother precludes every dearer hope. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Margaret Oliphant They tell me the railway is not so wearying as the long coach journeys we used to make in the old time. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Gertrude Stein He used his distorted drawing as a dissonance is used in music or as vinegar or lemons are used in cooking or egg shells in coffee to clarify. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

G. K. Chesterton Articles of dress could hardly be used for diet; but articles of diet could really be used for dress. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Henry James We used to go to the mountains every summer. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

The whole island soon followed his example; England became insensibly one of the Pope’s provinces, and the Holy Father used to send from time to time his legates thither to levy exorbitant taxes. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Then, we began to “correspond” — that is to say, we used to exchange about four letters a day; what we used to say in ’em I can’t imagine. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Oscar Wilde Francois used to make excellent soup once, but he is so agitated about politics at present, that I never feel quite certain about him. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Henry James I remember there used to be some stories about her. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Anthony Trollope Poor Lady Lufton! Her enemies — for even she had enemies — used to declare of her, that an invitation to dinner was the only method of showing itself of which her good-humour was cognizant. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan She had certainly been unfortunate with her husband, for in his lifetime he used to beat her, just as wheat is threshed in the barn. The Parrot by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy He used to live at Budmouth as an assistant-architect, and I found out that a young giddy thing of a girl who lives there somewhere took his fancy for a day or two. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Andrew Lang At the end of a few weeks she grew so used to this state of affairs that she only got up just in time to prepare breakfast. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

She was a blue-eyed, jolly girl of the very best sort, but the way she cheeked my big brother used to frighten me. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

I had been used to resent the weight and bulk of her unwieldy anchor and cable, but I saw their use now; varnish, paint, spotless decks, and snowy sails were foppish absurdities of a hateful past. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

It was also asserted that the wound of which the duke died was not inflicted by Lord Mohun, but by Macartney; and every means was used to propagate this belief. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Virginia Woolf It was the sort of flame they used to make when they were children, by throwing salt on the fire. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Baldwin Spencer Fig. 6 is merely a small edition of this, made and used by the children for their toy spears. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

He used to relate that, during the time he was a clerk to a Procureur, he was requested one day to cut up a partridge at his master’s table. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It used to come every week, and I kept more acquainted with what the rest of this circuit was doing. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Edith Wharton She was as much ashamed as Mrs. Spragg might have been at finding herself used to screen a clandestine adventure. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Rudyard Kipling He used to go to Peshawar in the cold weather to visit his son, who sells curiosities near the Edwardes’ Gate, and then he slept under a real mud roof. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Meredith I remember that I used to have the fear of your joining our enemies, when we were in England, but it seemed too much for my reason. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Willa Cather Occasionally he used newspaper phrases, conscientiously learned in his efforts at self-instruction, but when he talked naturally he was always worth listening to. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

John Galsworthy I used to have two thousand five hundred a year; now I’ve got a beggarly fifteen hundred, and the price of living doubled. To Let by John Galsworthy

When I was a young man and you were a child I used to talk to you about all the things that I intended to do. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Jules Verne It was easy to descend to the bottom of the well by employing the rope ladder which had not been used since the establishment of the lift. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry James She used to read to the blind, and, more onerously, to the deaf. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

It has been used in all the Court ballets. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If only I can feel another human being breathing the same air in that sitting-room where we used to be! Will you come?” She did not hesitate. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Charles Dickens Adjoining this room, another: “Built for a reading-room,” said Friar Bacon; “but not much used — yet. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

William Makepeace Thackeray At any rate, the Reverend Grimes Wapshot drank a deal of brandy-and-water at our house, and dined there even oftener than poor Gus used to do. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Andrew Lang Well, after three or four seances Bolter used to be very nervous and unwilling to sleep alone, so I once went with him to his one-roomed hut. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Jack London Well I remember it! I used the sword, not the rope. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Anthony Trollope Why, what a head of hair you have got, and so dark too! but it doesn’t curl as it used once. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

It used to be blue, the blouse; you could see when she leaned forward and her collar lifted a little. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

As he used to tell me: “I am as high as I can get; my pension is safe. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope I used to be fond of it myself; but I’ve come to feel that being carried to hounds without much thinking about it is the cream of hunting, after all. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford Even in the old days Lady Macmaster had been used to worry Sylvia about that. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

William Morris In short, industrial production was not the instrument used for robbing the “lower classes;” it is now the main instrument used in that honourable profession. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Many years ago, in New Zealand, I used sometimes to accompany a dray and team of bullocks who would have to be turned loose at night that they might feed. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Lewis Carroll Kitty, dear, let’s pretend —’ And here I wish I could tell you half the things Alice used to say, beginning with her favourite phrase ‘Let’s pretend. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Between you and me I don’t think he was much wanted — except by Miss Moorsom. I imagine she’s used to have her own way. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Anthony Trollope You used to ride as if you did. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis I used to be quite fond of you — in fact, I think I might have fallen in love with you, if you’d ever been able to make up your mind what you wanted. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing She had begun to talk to herself aloud, a consequence of over-stress on a brain never used to anxious thought; she went about the upper rooms of the house muttering ‘Dick’s an honest man. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Everyone supposed that someone else used it. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Jonathan Swif The moment I am used ill, I will leave them; but know not how to do it while things are in suspense. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

I will bury the memory of the past months, and my knowledge will never be used to put a spoke in your wheel. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

James Joyce Your postprandial, do you know that word? Postprandial. There was a fellow I knew once in Barcelona, queer fellow, used to call it his postprandial. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Laura, who was used to the ways of those she called ‘clodhoppers’ and their wives, and herself enjoyed a good bloater toasted on the coals for supper, heard this with wonder. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

I don’t think Paris is what it used to be. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Arnold Bennett She used abrupt, gawky, kind-hearted gestures. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence I used to think myself small but handsome, and the ladies used to admire me moderately, never very much. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather It’s all very well if everything goes well, but these estimates have never been used for anything of such length before. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

William Makepeace Thackeray There was a young lady in Fermoy’— ‘A young lady in flames,’ roared I (but I used a still hotter word). The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Henry Fielding My father, you know, who is a hearty well-wisher to the present government, used always to invite the officers to his house; so did he these. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Arthur Conan Doyle When I landed I let out for Portsmouth, where I used to know some folk; but you see I didn’t quite reckon up how far it was before I started. The Lonely Hampshire Cottage by Arthur Conan Doyle

G. K. Chesterton Which reminds me to warn you that anything you say may be used against you at your trial. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Goldwin Smith It rambles through a vast variety of subjects, religious, political, social, philosophical, and horticultural, with as little of method as its author used in taking his morning walks. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Anthony Trollope The Duke’s name had never been mentioned at Silverbridge — hardly even that of the Duchess. Since the Duke’s declaration ‘The Castle’ had taken the part which the old Duke used to play. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Why we used to hang a man before a huge crowd of people; but now the thing is done more decently. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Virginia Woolf Where had Peter got to? They used to be such friends. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Henry James I used to talk about his work, but I seldom talk now: the brotherhood of the faith have become, like the Trappists, a silent order. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Anthony Trollope He used to drink nearly a pint of sherry a day for me. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson Mr. Maclean informed us of an odd game, of which he did not tell the original, but which may perhaps be used in other places, where the reason of it is not yet forgot. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Mr. Moore used to tease you on the subject for a year afterwards. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

There were also cupboards and closets where each pupil used to keep his private bootypigeons killed on fete days or dishes pilfered from the refectory. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Yes, it was as she had expected, a fierce heat had been generated there since she had last used the oven, and through to the stone floor below had fallen a mass of black, gluey soot. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Andrew Lang But their mother used to warn them not to stray too far, telling them that a wicked witch lived in the castle beyond the garden, adding, ‘She has ruined me, and she will do her best to ruin you. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather You took my fancy when you were a little shaver, and I used to let you in to see the water-wheel. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Students, well-bred youths, carried away by their love of art, used to visit the professor’s home frequently. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

E. F. Benson They used to play golf together in those days before that firebrand Lucia descended on Tilling; he used to drop in casually, and she used to put flowers in his buttonhole for him. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Willa Cather When she went into the city she used to brave the biting lake winds and stand gazing in at the displays of diamonds and pearls and emeralds; the tiaras and necklaces and earrings, on white velvet. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

In a word, arms are used here as tools and implements for all the labours of the field, and all the wants of men. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

The bracelets are those she used frequently to wear. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

George Gissing The business is a very good one; it improves from day to day; now that there are two assistants, Mr. Warburton need not work so hard as he used to. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Wilkie Collins The short ladder, used for obtaining access to the trap-door (and kept under the bed), was found placed at the opening, so as to enable any person or persons, in the room, to leave it again easily. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

William Makepeace Thackeray And thus the people at Stiffelkind’s used to tease me, until they drove me almost mad. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

She used to look at me for a long time sometimes, with the peculiar smile I have mentioned, and a great finger upon her lip, like the Eleusinian priestess on the vase. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Gertrude Stein Coming in, that is coming and rinsing, that which is used is the room, that which is used is washing, that which is used is not preventing anything resembling any soaking. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Some of the men used soot as a tooth-powder. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Anthony Trollope I don’t get along now quite as well as I used to do. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray I used to powder the footman, too, on great days, but never in my life saw old Tuggeridge, except once: when he said “Oh, the barber!” tossed up his nose, and passed on. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Gissing Do you remember how I used to talk about children before I had one? I have thought it was the talk of a fool; but, perhaps, after all, it had more sanity than my views nowadays. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells I had all the advantages of position and used them basely. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Thomas Hardy William Privett used to be their odd man till he died. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Willa Cather In winter they used to throw him into a snow-drift, and then run away and leave him. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

We were too hungry to make any scruples, and after the poor, coarse fare we had been used to, the savoury repast seemed the most delicious I ever tasted. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

It is a question whether to any great extent they used the boomerang, which I believe to have been an importation, as it was useless in such thickly timbered country. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Olaf Stapledon It could be used not only for the production of power but also for the transmutation of the elements, and the synthesizing of a vast range of materials for use. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Leon Trotsky I used the very discourteous word “jackasses” in referring to the newspaper men only to make the message read quite “naturally. My Life by Leon Trotsky

With one sister dead in the house, the victim of violence, and another delirious from fright or some other analogous cause, I had ample time to think — and I used that time. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Stur This spear could not possibly have been used as a weapon, for it was too heavy, but on shewing it subsequently to some natives, they did not intimate that it was a canoe spear. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anatole France Sauce, sauce, sauce,” he used to add, tickling the hollow of my hand with my own little finger. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

He used to be a friend of mine, and lately we have resumed the friendship. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Bram Stoker I used manifold, and so took three copies of the diary, just as I had done with the rest. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

He used to be darkish iron-grey, but his hair went snow-white in a fortnight. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Simon has the room that he used to share with — that you used to share with him. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

We two are used to be on the move. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Sigmund Freud But fire is not only used as the contrary of water, it also serves directly to represent love (as in the phrase “to be consumed with love”). Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

James Payn There was nothing in the words themselves save the merest compliment; their magic lay in the tone of him who used them; so tender, yet so frank, so familiar, and yet so gracious. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Alphonse Daudet There’s no believing what a quantity of ballads is used up in that little region. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

He used to say Georges will not let you do this; Georges will not let you do that. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Charles Kingsley Perhaps, in so doing, he may lay his hand on an even sharper weapon than those which he has already used against the sensationalist theory of morals. The Natural Theology of the Future by Charles Kingsley

Everything you say, my man, will be used against you. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling We used to talk about the regeneration of Turkey and the Sheik-ul-Islam between moves. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

William Morris The type remains in the hands of the trustees, and will be used for the printing of its designer’s works, should special editions be called for. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

Edith Wharton You and he used to be great friends, didn’t you?” Her roving attention deepened. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

The earthen floor was covered with littered straw, apparently wasted out of one of the berths, where it lay as if the occupant used it for a bed, loose as it was. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

It was now thought he used an ordinary razor. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Seizing the damaged escritoire, I used it as a ram, and charged the window nearest me. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

And such it would have undoubtedly received from Mr. Byrd, at least, if the words she had used in characterizing this person had not struck him so deeply that he forgot to note any thing further. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope She should be used to thorns in the flesh, and to thorns in the spirit too. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

I haven’t really got used to the length of my legs yet. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

What arguments they used I do not know, but Selina suddenly changed in her manner towards me. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Jules Verne No doubt the power here used was electricity, generated on board, at some high power. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Algernon Blackwood I saw it through a veil that hung before my eyes like the gauze drop-curtain used at the back of a theaterhazily a little. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

D. H. Lawrence Whereas he used money, even generosity, as a hold over her. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

On the left, as you entered, was the parlour; on the right was the room which Mr. Preen used as an office, in which were kept the account books and papers relating to the estate. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Afterwards, whenever he saw the blind Abdallah, Mohammed used to say, ‘Welcome to him on whose account my Lord reproved me!’ and subsequently made him governor of Medînah. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Gaston Leroux In order to commence the second hole, the point of the pin being broken, they have used the point of a pen-knife, then have finished the hole with the hat-pin. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Would not you, you two dear little witches?” So she carried out her pets with her, and hung their cage among the boughs of the tree that stood by the rustic seat to which she used to take her book. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

They said they used to go to a gravel-pit, that lay hard by the cross-way, where they put a vest upon their heads, and danced “round and round and round about. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

D. H. Lawrence THEN we shall see the hammer used only for smashing, then we shall see it. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Of course years ago I used to meet Horne about. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Willa Cather When he was dull, dull and tired of everything, he used to think that if he could hear that long-lost lady laugh again, he could be gay. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

He used to speak thus of his work: “I build stone houses for people, and a wooden coffin for myself. In the World by Maksim Gorky

VIII. Variety of emblems on paper, cut in the shape of shields, with mottoes, used by the mobility at tilts and tournaments, hung up here for a memorial. Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner

H. G. Wells How happy it used to make her! She talked of some new mind cure for her nervous dyspepsia, and he told her that every specialist in the world was absolutely at her disposal. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She used to call HER ‘The Lady Downstairs’. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

But long before that I used to come to the Museum with my Uncle John—the one who disappeared, you know, in that dreadfully mysterious way—and help him to look up references. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

I lay for a while awake; for a’ things was new to me; and I think the tea was in my nerves, too, for I wasn’t used to it, except now and then on a holiday, or the like. Madam Crowl’s Ghost by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle It is used as an ordeal poison by the medicine-men in certain districts of West Africa and is kept as a secret among them. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

George Meredith Alvan, she remembered, used to exalt him among the gallantest of the warriors dedicating their swords to freedom. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Sir Richard Burton They informed him how all the gems stored in the lesser Treasury had been brought to them and used by them, but that the whole had proved insufficient. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Virginia Woolf Perhaps we may hold that failure in the sense that Henry James used it meant, more than anything, failure on the part of the public to receive. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

He used to sit in a corner with his head on one side, and smiling curiously as he tapped his shaven, clefted chin with his ringers. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

She used to teach him lines from the songs she sang at the theatre. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Algernon Blackwood While I used the pick, the others shovelled vigorously. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

From the corner of the gallery I one day saw her, when she thought I was out and all quiet, with her ear and the keyhole of papa’s study, as we used to call the sitting-room next his bed-room. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I remember so well how carefully grandmother used to speak of the soul, — that secret receptacle of love, beauty, and joy. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Sir Walter Scott That it had been used as a prison was not improbable; for the floor of each story was arched, the walls of tremendous thickness, while the space of the chamber did not exceed fifteen feet in diameter. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

D. H. Lawrence He used English that was exquisitely accurate, pronounced with the Southern accent, very different from the heavily-sounded speech of the home folk. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Rudyard Kipling Very often there were cattle on the track, against which the engine used a diabolical form of whistling. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I’ve not been used to consort with people who have been my servants. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Sheltered from the winds in every direction, the lane was a favourite place of mine, and I used often to sit in a small summerhouse there and either sew or read. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Watkin Tench Instead of baking it, the soldiers and convicts used to boil it up with greens. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Jack London And to think I used to do that!” Percival Delaney paused a moment, a glimmer of awe on his rotund face, as he contemplated the mighty picture of his youth. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Why, I had a partner in this thing once, along back just after the war, and he used to be always wanting to tinker with something else. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Baldwin Spencer It is used for both yams and animal food. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer