Phrases with "using"

John Galsworthy Michael chattered, Mr. Blythe goggled, using the impersonal pronoun with a sort of passion; Fleur smiled, talked, twisted the flower. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Nellie Bly They swim about, using the legs alone, or the arms alone, on their backs, or sides, and, in most cases, with their faces under water. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Arthur Morrison But anybody with the key, using the cipher as a means of communication, would read it easily. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Willa Cather I’m using my own drugs, but they won’t last through an epidemic like this. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Oscar Wilde Women are so fond of using it. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Henry James Catherine was within the room, in a low rocking-chair, dressed in white, and slowly using a large palmetto fan. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

George Meredith Her propensity to bet sprang of her passion for combat; she was not greedy of money, or reckless in using it; but a difference of opinion arising, her instinct forcibly prompted her to back her own. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Rafael Sabatini It remained in his possession, but he saw no chance of using it now, for the suspicions of Lorenzo, the gaoler, were aroused, and daily a couple of archers came to sound the floors and walls. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Marjorie Bowen It is curious how one keeps using words without knowing what they really mean — but now I know what is meant by torture. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

D. H. Lawrence But to see him, a strong, powerful man, using all his power for such a purpose, seemed almost horrible. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope It is like a club or sledge-hammer — in using which, either for defence or attack, a man can hardly measure the strength of the blows he gives. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

I am using the term knowledge in its widest possible sense; and the question is, what subjects to select by training and discipline, in which the object I have just defined may be best attained. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

M. P. Shiel He well knows my name, and will hardly be silly enough to suppose me capable of using words without meaning. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Rudyard Kipling I go to Prayag [Allahabad] for the fifth time — seeking the Road to Enlightenment. Of what faith art thou?’ ‘I too am a Seeker,’ said Kim, using one of the lama’s pet words. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

You must keep your head turned away and be using your glasses most of the time. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Eliot Eh, master, what do you say?’ Brindle ended, turning with some deference to Felix. ‘Should you like to know all about the Reform?’ said Felix, using his opportunity. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

William Dampier The dung in the maw would look like so much boiled herbs minced very small; and they took up their mess with their fingers, as the Moors do their pillaw, using no spoons. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

But she would not be comforted, and seeing her so wrought up, I suggested that Eleanore should be asked to trust it into my keeping till such time as she should feel the necessity of using it. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Still I went on using the bridle-path by the ravine, because it was a short cut. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I really think that he ought to know, especially as he has been using all his powers of persuasion to induce her to try a little sea air with him on board his yacht. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

I could do no more, for there was no further fulcrum for the spike, and I dared not gamble away what I had won by using my hands. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

But if it didn’t go well, the second sheet contained his plans — plans I have no doubt for using the hostages, for wringing safety out of certain great men’s fears. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

George Gissing When the little fellow was overcome, and began to sob, Emma checked herself, recollecting that she had lost sight of the offender’s age, and was using expressions which he could not understand. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Rudyard Kipling The idea of using a Cemetery as a rendezvous is distinctly a feminine one. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Gertrude Stein There is no dreariness in charging a direction and using up a special expression and seeing that sustain reorganisation. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Wilkie Collins I only believed that the course she was taking might be fatal to her at some future day; and, acting on that belief, I thought myself justified in using any means in my power to stop her in time. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

My first idea of using his signature was only to obtain the money lying to his current account and, with any good luck, the money he had on deposit there. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

How hardly the world was using this poor Bothwell! and the harder he was used the more she loved him. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Eliot You have been using Philip Wakem as a screen to deceive Lucy — the kindest friend you ever had. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Charles Dickens So, using no greater precaution than holding her breath and walking on tiptoe as she passed the library door, she went straight to Emma’s room as a privileged visitor. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You will probably become acquainted before your work is over with a German, a Monegasque and a Dane. I am not a believer in using one’s own country-people exclusively. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. F. Benson What I mean is studying the markets, working at finance as I work at Aristophanes, using one’s brains, going carefully into all those prospectuses that are sent one. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

With each step, he lurched to one side then the other, using the suitcases for balance weights. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

What were those words of Tobias which he was always using of England? —“The blanket of the dark. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

He wiped himself, using the napkin without unfolding it. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

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

Andrew Lang Bacon calls it “sympathy” between two distant minds, sympathy so strong that one communicates with the other without using the recognised channels of the senses. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

William Hope Hodgson Then, with a call to Pepper, I stepped out into the flood, using the gun as a staff. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

D. H. Lawrence He knew he ought to find some way of using it, or converting it, so that he needn’t sell it, or needn’t have the chagrin of failing to sell it. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing He had capital; nothing great, just a comfortable sum which he was bent on using to the best advantage. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Then a quail began to call, using two soft guttural notes. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Gertrude Stein He has at intervals taken pictures of Gertrude Stein and she is always fascinated with his way of using lights. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Guy de Maupassant I was sentimental, when I ought to have been using my time to a better purpose. In the Spring (Au Printemps) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Thomas Hardy You’ll have a chance then of using your eyes. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope But he explains that he has not translated the two pieces verbatim, as an interpreter, but in the spirit, as an orator, using the same figures, the same forms, the same strength of ideas. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope He is an excellent young man, and —’ ‘Lady Lufton, if I do this, I can only do it in my own way, as best I may, using such words as God may give me at the time. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Sarcasm, we well know, confers a title of aristocracy straightway and sharp on the sconce of the man who does but imagine that he is using it. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Sybell believes it, and you would have been very much the same, not from lack of perception, as in her case, but for want of using your powers of perception. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Five minutes afterward Bazin set off on a full trot, urging on his horse by the blows of a parapluie, which he was in the habit of using instead of a riding whip. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

One inveighs against it, but one goes on using it. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Elizabeth Gaskell I only know it has a very vulgar sound and I don’t want to hear you using it. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

There is a conspiracy against you, and the using of your knife to kill that old woman proves it. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Lewis Carroll She then takes me to task for using the word “ought” instead of “nought”. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

George Gissing She began to copy something, using the pen with difficulty, and taking extreme pains. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

T. E. Lawrence Beduin were past masters in the art of using country, but in their abiding contempt for the stupidity of the Turks they would take no care to fight them. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He was taken with a bad chill, which forced him to stop at a strange house, Lord Arundel’s, to whom he wrote his last letter—a letter of apology for using his house. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Mrs. Todhetley seemed to be using entreaty to the man, for she clasped her hands in a piteous manner, and then turned to ascend the zigzag. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Algernon Blackwood In the Studio, at this instant, Fillery heard him using the singular words already noted, and in the Studio they sounded, indeed, senseless, foolish, even mad. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Meredith Here was Evan mouthing his farewell to Rose, using phrases so profoundly humble, that a listener would have taken them for bitter irony. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

I come over here with Atlanta, with no idea about anything but using that research gag as an alibi. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Henry Kingsley His daughter Mary sat sewing in the window, ostensibly for the purpose of using the last of the daylight. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Virginia Woolf Further, he was fond of using metaphors which, compounded in the study, were apt to sound either cramped or out of place as he delivered them in fragments. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Ford Madox Ford And she knew too: she had always known under her mind and now she confessed it: her agony had been, half of it, because one day he would say farewell to her: like that, using the inflexion of a verb. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Wilkie Collins Mounting on a chair, she turned back the strip and pinned it up, out of the way, using the two nails, which she had kept ready in her hand. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Sinclair Lewis He heard only Art Nichols’ twanging, “What do you think about us using some of these nigger songs — hand ’em a jolt?” and her drowsy, “Oh, let’s not talk about it tonight. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

The singer was very fond of using names which were unknown to me, and curiously coined words. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing Thus he might float clear of the shoals of black-guardism and develop into a tolerable member of society, at all events using his wealth in the direct employment of labour. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

And he is not capable of using physical violence to anyone. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Anatole France She humbled herself, madam, and entered by using so admirable a humility the road of penitence, where she accomplished marvellous works. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Someone spreads open their parcel of chips and says: ‘Dear me, where did I see that face?’ Or someone is using a bundle of newspapers to line drawers in a hotel. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

George Gissing Yes, I had the volume with me, and showed it to my father; sufficient proof that I had no intention of using it dishonestly. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Bram Stoker There was no lethal weapon at hand, but I seized a shovel which the workmen had been using to fill the cases, and lifting it high, struck, with the edge downward, at the hateful face. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

On the other hand, it was impossible to call in the police; he had a strong objection to using the forces of the State to recover property. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

I knew perfectly well that she was using her husband’s zeal for my fiction to make me present my friend; but I did not mind that, and I introduced him to both of them. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Baldwin Spencer As is well known, Mr. McLennan held that the terms must have been invented by the natives using them merely for the purpose of addressing each other or as modes of salutation. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

We trod delicately among and around them, sounding and observing; heaving to where space permitted, and sometimes using the dinghy. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle I suppose we must have wrenched it off in using the lever. The Mystery of Sasassa Valley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edith Wharton The weeks passed, and though his hours at the public library cost him nothing, those spent in his rooming house were using up his funds. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Samuel Johnson It is natural to inquire in what terms Mr. Savage spoke of this fatal action when the danger was over, and he was under no necessity of using any art to set his conduct in the fairest light. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

George Gissing Let beauty perish if it cannot ally itself with mind; be a woman what else she may, let her have brains and the power of using them! In that demand the maturity of his manhood expressed itself. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arnold Bennett And Auntie Hamps herself was wont as it were to atone for it by using the still tepid water therefrom for her morning toilet instead of having truly hot water brought up from the kitchen. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

All they’re using is the house, and the first thing they did was to put a telephone up there. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

G. K. Chesterton He never dreamed of turning any of these plastic talents to any mercenary account, or of using them for anything but his own private pleasure and ours. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Gertrude Stein That which is not tiring and that which is not aiding any of that which is not needing tiring, that was the sampler and there was not the sewing which was using any corner. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Eliot He was now enlightened enough to know that there was a way of using voteless miners and navvies at nominations and elections. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Benjamin Disraeli Presently he took up his Cremona, and, using the violin as a guitar, accompanied himself in a beautiful air, but not in a more audible tone. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Jules Verne The fugitives must struggle without using firearms, for they could not now be far from the Tartar posts. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

It’s always a pity when such a man lets his sympathies use him instead of using them. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Olaf Stapledon Instead of using the lull to recuperate and prepare to withstand the next blow, they threw the whole Tibetan strength into an attack which violated all the accepted principles of warfare. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am simply standing there and using my thoughts in that manner because I have for the moment nothing better to do with them or with myself. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

She was ‘not clever’, but was fond of using her hands and felt at home with machinery. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope And to tell the truth, I must admit that her friend Mrs Gresham was not using her altogether well. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Rice Burroughs Here I saw a chance to give time to Pellucidar, using this mighty clock, revolving perpetually in the heavens, to record the passage of the hours for the earth below. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

But he was fooled by appearances, which happens only too often, whether one is using a microscope or not. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

George Gissing I hope you will not get into the habit of using it—for your own sake. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry David Thoreau I determined to go into business at once, and not wait to acquire the usual capital, using such slender means as I had already got. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Anthony Trollope She knew that her fate was being discussed, and she knew that her aunt at that very time was using every argument in her power to ruin her. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I consider that my best War Work is giving as many dinner parties as possible, and paying as little attention to food restrictions as I can manage by using my wits. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Our men made the boat fast, rinsed their mouths, washed their hands, and ate, using their fingers instead of chopsticks. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

I had a feeling, though my eyes could not assure me, that the man before me was at work, and was using a very small shaded torch. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H.P. Lovecraft The beings moved in the sea partly by swimming — using the lateral crinoid arms — and partly by wriggling with the lower tier of tentacles containing the pseudofeet. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And between them a thin, insignificant figure, wrapped in an immense fur coat and using a strong walking stick, came slowly along the deck. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

After using up all his days in calculating the conjunctions and positions of the stars, he would devote the greater part of his nights to following their course in the sky. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Thomas Hughes He’s been making our lives a burthen to us all the morning about using cribs. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

He is not afraid of using colloquialisms which every critic of the time would have shuddered at, and which, by their raciness and flavour, add enormously to his effects. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope She had the full use of all her limbs, and was never ashamed of using them. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Rudyard Kipling So I told him all my tale, using bazaar-talk, such as his kidney of Sahib would understand; and at the end I said, “An order has reached us here from the dead that this is a Sahibs’ war. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell Till then I cannot feel it; and what I do not feel I will not express; using words as if they were a charm. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Abraham Merri I remembered the swords, and recalled that Dwayanu — or I— had the habit of using a heavier one in the left hand than in the right. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Gissing But it comes to very much the same thing; there’s to be no restraint on her discretion in using it. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Each has a different way of using their feet. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle The idea of using a form of poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless man who had had an Eastern training. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing Beautiful women have very different ways of using the privilege their charm assures them; Cecily chose to make it a protection of her integrity. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch A dozen men charged it, using a ladder as a battering ram. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Edgar Rice Burroughs He was a great fellow to invent gunpowder and firearms and cannon; but when it came to using these things to kill people, he was as tender-hearted as a chicken. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

He assured them that the resolution against engaging in trade and using money had never been passed, or even suggested. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

I ask myself ‘Who is using carbide in ze middle of ze night?’ I open my door and ze smell is stronger. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Nor does it even imply in every case preferring the Saxon word to the Latin one, though it does imply using the fewest and shortest words that will cover one’s meaning. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Arthur Machen He would finish a few pages and then rewrite them, using the same incident and nearly the same words, but altering that indefinite something which is scarcely so much style as manner, or atmosphere. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

E. F. Benson Without a second’s hesitation Elizabeth threw up the sash, and, without appearing to see Lucia at all, called out to Georgie in a high cheerful voice, using baby-language. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Future and present really mix in such emergencies, and one can always escape lies in them by using hypothetic forms. The Meaning of Truth by William James

We are still using the ninth in the Records Department.’ ‘The tenth edition is not due to appear for some months, I believe. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton It’s all so different—having a reason—and letting the other man know—and using the same guns and things—and doing it in front of your friends. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But it strikes me as safer to assume you capable of using a pistol with effect at three paces. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

George Gissing He had thought of using this season for his long postponed visit to Twybridge, but reluctance prevailed. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft They sometimes walked on all their legs, and sometimes on the hindmost pair only, using the others to convey large objects of indeterminate nature. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Arriving at the beach I sprang out, and, using the same means as before, drew my boat up out of reach of the tide. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

There was some comment made on this, because Arthur had denied using his cutter that night. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

His master said something to him, and he moved about examining the nuts till he decided upon a green one, which he wrung off, using teeth and hands for the operation. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

George Gissing Richard had got into the habit of using the latter rather freely of late. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The Bible adopts the erroneous language of men, (which at any rate it must do, in order to make itself understood,) not by way of sanctioning a theory, but by way of using a fact. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Henry James She wrote that day to Morris Townsend, requesting him to come and see her on the morrow; using very few words, and explaining nothing. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was strange to hear the crackling kind of noise that they made, for both sides were using the rifle. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Charles Kingsley His age, and his talents, and his — his consciousness of them,” said Frank, using the mildest term he could find, “would prevent so insignificant a person as me having any influence. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Arthur Conan Doyle How long would it take him to do that, using every possible contraction? A quarter of an hour, not less. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Theodore Dreiser She went to one of the great department stores and bought herself one, using a dollar and a quarter of her small store to pay for it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. Rider Haggard Then, as though by common consent, they went to the canoe, bailed her out, and started, Leonard and Otter using the paddles. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Edith Wharton He knew that he was merely using an old formula, the accepted one in such cases, and he longed to get away from it, to be spontaneous, honest, himself. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Wilkie Collins Instead of using the book as usual, he wrote in it himself, and then handed it to me. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

When all are arrived, the boys climb the tree, using no native tomahawks but only their hands and toes, and swing on the branches. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Nellie Bly By using economy, outside expenses should not exceed $300. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Anthony Trollope His subject came too home to his audience to be dull, and to tell the truth Mr. Slope had the gift of using words forcibly. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Of Freedom and the Necessity of using her. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Sir Walter Scott The Major’s directions had been imperfectly obeyed in regard to laying in provisions; and the dragoons, in spite of all warning and authority, were likely to be wasteful in using them. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

George Meredith It would be better for them than using their nails. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Gissing He loves his country, and is using his genius in her service. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

He was warned by his doctor that if he persisted in using the remaining eye for book-work, he would lose that too. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Edith Wharton Poor Churley,” he added, “I was just thinking of the way he has of using up things after one look at them. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Gissing Jane made a pretence of using her needle, and Sidney watched her hands. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Thomas Hardy The charm lay in the intervals, using that word in its musical sense. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

G. K. Chesterton But he talked it much better than they did; and he had his own knack of using the right word even for the search for the right word. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

They went inside and made a big fire in the stove, using pieces of a hardwood table to make the fire last. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

George Gissing In using Latin words which have become fixed in the English language, he generally corrected the common errors of quantity: ‘minnus the spiritual fervour’, ‘acting as his loccum tennens’. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Brooding over the case in that den of his, it suddenly struck him what absolutely damning evidence he could make against McFarlane by using that thumb-mark. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

He climbed into one of the big Spanish chairs, using his knees and hands to do it, and sat on the edge with his feet dangling. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

The king had directed that Fontainebleau should be prepared for the reception of the court, and every one was using his utmost interest to get invited. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Andrew Lang In using the ball she, time after time, succeeded in seeing and correctly describing persons and places familiar to people for whom she “scried,” but totally strange to herself. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

A tribe called Wakuavi, who are white, and described as not unlike myself, often came over the water and made raids on their cattle, using the double-edged sime as their chief weapon of war. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

The young man was just a good-looking Scandinavian–American with a deplorable taste in shoes and a talent for using the right kind of lens. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

H. G. Wells He stood at the end of the table explaining that he had used the word Empire loosely, apologizing for using it, explaining that when he said Empire he had all Western Civilization in mind. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Wilkie Collins Little by little, using her eyes for a longer and longer time on each succeeding day, she mastered the serious difficulty of teaching herself to write by sight instead of by touch. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Benjamin Disraeli The great difficulty to be avoided was using the ejaculations of two different ages. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Olaf Stapledon The saint's danger is that he may allow great harm to be done to one set of individuals because of his overwhelming revulsion from using violence or deceit against another set. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Von Arnim He longed to see it as her background, to see her sitting in his chairs, drinking out of his cups, using all his things. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Andrew Lang The Red Indians have always, as far as European knowledge goes, been in the habit of using this picture-writing for the purpose of retaining their legends, poems, and incantations. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Another thing between us that seems extremely significant to me as I look back upon it, was this, that I disliked both of her names, Amy and Catherine, and avoided using either. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Many people refused to believe that Rhodes could have outmanœuvred a man of exceptional financial ability without using dishonourable means. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

D. H. Lawrence The father was gamekeeper and stock-breeder, the eldest son was market-gardener, using the big hall gardens, the second son was farmer and gardener. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells They do not play — using the word to indicate a spontaneous employment into which imagination enters — at all. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells We are always using words that ‘beg the question} That’s why he makes his own terms. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells Suppose I came through on the other side of this affair, belittled, vain, and spiteful, using the prestige I have got among men by my good work in the past just to serve some small invalid purpose. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Anthony Trollope The day for using them had never come. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Bronislaw Malinowski These local groups usually must have lived isolated from each other, because of the exclusive right in using the given area. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Watkin Tench In using it they do not strike with the convex side, but with the concave one, and strive to hook in their antagonists so as to have them under their blows. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

John Galsworthy He sat, contented, using the umbrella gingerly now and then. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Gissing But it was not only with a view to using the time that she had selected these books this morning. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Then followed wild and guilty but abortive projects for retrieving his failure, by using his power in Ireland to make himself formidable to his enemies at Court, and even to the Queen herself. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Henry David Thoreau The English experimenters seem early and generally, to have found out the importance of using trees of some kind, as nurse-plants for the young oaks. The Succession of Forest Trees by Henry David Thoreau

And adverbs he changes, using indifferently motion towards, rest in, and motion from a place (I. xx. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

James Anthony Froude A necessary consequence was the revival of the Act of Uniformity. The Independents were not meek like the Baptists, using no weapons to oppose what they disapproved but passive resistance. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

John Galsworthy She was but fourteen-two, and Jack Muskham’s legs, he using long stirrup leathers, came down very far. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim Flora Quayne, using one stick only and supporting herself against the wall with the other hand, appeared. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Schopenhauer The Professor was fond of using them, but only as predicates of the Deity, and he never talked of anything else; which was all quite right and proper. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Henry James Mr. Carteret took leave of him for the night directly after the other guests had gone, using at this moment the words he had often used before: “You may sit up to any hour you like. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Elizabeth Gaskell That blacking-case was his own making; he had a genius for using his fingers. My French Master by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Theodore Dreiser But what of it? The larger politicians were always using the treasury, and he was thinking now, only, of his own attitude in regard to the use of this money. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Augustine Birrell First, as a poet properly so called; Second, as a political satirist using rhyme; and Third, as a writer of prose. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

But first, there are a number of terms which we are in the habit of using in a vague though not unintelligible way, and which it is as well now to define. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sinclair Lewis She was startled to find that she was using the word “escape. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

William Henry Bragg The following values of the ratio were found by Porter and myself, using Sn X rays (Proc. Roy. Soc., 85, May, 1911): These figures give an idea of the amount of the dissymmetry. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

But I will make a bargain with you, and this it is: that we to-morrow do assault the hold a last time, using all our men and all our might. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The steel plates from Germany she declared faulty and announced her intention of using them for factory construction. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

I could hear an occasional thud, thud, when the men were using the pick; but they mostly employed the shovel, as I supposed. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Morrison One of the men was Marr, though for the present he was not using that name. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Jules Verne Instead of using it, they had kept it for me, and, while they were being suffocated, they gave me life, drop by drop. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Mark Twain The next moment he was “showing off” with all his might — cuffing boys, pulling hair, making faces — in a word, using every art that seemed likely to fascinate a girl and win her applause. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

George Gissing In using me to point a moral you were grievously astray. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope Bonteen understands the world much too well to commit himself by using any word which common opinion would force him to retract. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

I have blasphemed His Name by using it as a meaningless catch-phrase in the foolish mouths of men and women seeking for a new sensation, or for self-display. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Tod saw how skillfully he got the maximum effect out of his agonized profile by using the pillow to set it off. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes