Phrases with "weapons"

George Meredith Vittoria perceived his drift, and also the dear good heart of the old man, who meant no harm to her, and believed that he was making use of his professional weapons for her ultimate good. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Charles Dickens The common people received him well, and marched about with him in a soldierly way, armed with such rustic weapons as they could get. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

For Tom, too, had been armed — with just such powerless weapons as he himself possessed — pistols, a cutlass! And Tom had died a nameless death, by incomprehensible means. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Later it became the fashion to decry the militias, and therefore to pretend that the faults which were due to lack of training and weapons were the result of the equalitarian system. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

William Morris Then he went forth also, and came into the forecourt of the house, and found there a squire of the men-at-arms with his weapons and horse, who helped him to do on his war-gear. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Henry James It had become apparent that her long and beautiful career was drawing to a close, her earnest, unremitting work was over, her old-fashioned weapons were broken and dull. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The colonel possessed a varied collection of weapons brought from the different countries in which he had fought, and it is conjectured by the police that this club was among his trophies. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

They made no resistance, — as, indeed, they had no weapons with which to make it. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Jules Verne A lantern was lighted at the foot of the mainmast, round which was hung a gun-rack, furnished with weapons of all sorts. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

And many threatening expressions burst from the rest of the party, who began to handle their weapons and eye poor Rashleigh with looks of the most hostile import. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Anthony Hope Then he went on: “Down with your weapons there! I’m your master now! Down with them, I say!” I believe they would have obeyed, but as he spoke came new things. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Virginia Woolf Thus all the weapons with which an educated man can enforce his opinion are either beyond our grasp or so nearly beyond it that even if we used them we could scarcely inflict one scratch. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

A few sea birds screamed and cried about the ship; and within easy range, a man-of-war guard boat hung off and on and glittered with the weapons of marines. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Gaston Leroux I urged the viscount to hold our weapons ready to fire and not to stray from camp, while I went on looking for my spring. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

A ‘Magic’ Sword or Staff is not necessarily a relic; Medieval romance supplies numerous instances of self-acting weapons whose virtue in no wise depends upon their previous owner, as e. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Ready, too, were the weapons for the right good knights. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

William Morris But Atra said: It is easier even than that, for thine own fair garments and weapons shall we find if we seek them. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Jack London Concerted action was impossible in face of the heavy arsenal of weapons carried in the steerage and cabin. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Thomas Paine Reason and discussion, persuasion and conviction, become the weapons in the contest, and it is only when those are attempted to be suppressed that recourse is had to violence. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Rafael Sabatini Sir Oliver sheathed his weapons and resumed his coat, then came to stand over his fallen foe, considering him critically. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

The rebels’ entire stock of weapons had been captured. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Through this she stepped; the others crept after her with weapons ready. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

His weapons and instruments wanted precision; they were powerful up to a certain point, but they had the clumsiness of an unpractised time. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Walter Scott The defendant in that case was a private gentleman of small rank or respect; his offensive weapons were only a club, his defensive a leathern jerkin. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Andrew Lang Experience teaches us that the poets of an uncritical age — Shakespeare, for example — introduce the weapons of their own period into works dealing with remote ages. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling It was a war of fools armed with the weapons of magicians. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

H. Rider Haggard As I expected, we found that the flesh underneath was terribly contused, for though the steel links had kept the weapons from entering, they had not prevented them from bruising. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Abraham Merri Fasten axe and sword between my shoulders, Lur. See to it that all bear their weapons so. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle The sky glowed with their fires at night, and the autumn sun twinkled and gleamed from one end of the horizon to the other upon the steel caps and flashing weapons of a mighty host. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Olaf Stapledon Crouching submen had used untrimmed stones for tools, and for weapons in’ their subhuman quarrels, preluding bombs. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

A time of deer-hunts and cock-fights; of idle talks and foolish squabbles between men whose bellies are full and weapons are rusty. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Anthony Trollope Cards were the weapons he had used. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

While affecting to comply, they had secreted their weapons in the neighbouring arsenals, whence they could readily withdraw them. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Jules Verne Perhaps we should need weapons for an attack, or even to defend ourselves. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Anthony Trollope He would pursue the miscreant with any weapons that might come to his hands; and might Heaven help him at his need as he dealt forth punishment to that man, if he caught him within his grasp. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

The simple natives, with their defenceless bodies and rude weapons were no match for the European warrior armed to the teeth in mail. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

William Morris Now then to it; and let each man keep his weapons ready. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

And apart from weapons there was a shortage of all the minor necessities of war. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Wilkie Collins I entered the third room, devoted to the exhibition of ancient armor, and the weapons of all nations. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

The tusks in the lower jaw are sharper than those in the upper, but from their shortness it seems hardly possible that they can be used as weapons of attack. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

They were never without their armour, waking or sleeping, lying down with their weapons by their sides. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Gustave Flauber Peace, then, was about to be concluded, and now it would be a definitive one! But he required that ten Mercenaries, chosen by himself, should be delivered up to him without weapons or tunics. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

George Meredith They swam on vasty deeps, they knocked at rusty gates, they shouldered all the weapons of black Insomnia’s armoury and became her soldiery, doing her will upon themselves. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The river makes its own shores, and each legitimate idea makes its own channels and welcomeharvests for food, institutions for expression, weapons to fight with and disciples to explain it. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

T. E. Lawrence We kindergarten soldiers were beginning our art of war in the atmosphere of the twentieth century, receiving our weapons without prejudice. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Meredith They have had to throw off a mask before they have, got the schooling; so, when they are thus armed we know what we meet, and what are the weapons to be used. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

E. Phillips Oppenheim If there is to be secret or open warfare between us, I am free to take up my weapons and fight. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

H. G. Wells It was a large bundle, possibly of tools or weapons or material wrapped in something that deadened its impacts against the rock. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Henry Fielding He had no weapons but what Nature had furnished him with. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Gustave Flauber They formed numerous straight lines resting against the wall, and the Mercenaries mounted them in files, holding their weapons in their hands. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

These were buried with the stone maize-grinder, and sometimes weapons and earthen dishes and food. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One wall of the chamber was decorated with savage weapons brought home by a relative of Sir Humphrey’s from Africa, and the club belonged to the collection. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

H. G. Wells One of the green weapons cracked close to him, a drift of pungent smoke came into his face, and a steel blade flashed. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Wilkie Collins In her free hand she brandished an Indian club, torn from a “trophy” of Oriental weapons that ornamented the wall over the fire-place. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Walter Besant Just then, before the weapons had crossed, Mr. Forster’s foot slipped, and he fell upon the stones. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Willa Cather His warm hand, his flushed face, his bright eye, and his newest funny story, — Poppas had no weapons that could do execution with a man like that. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Pu Songling Hardly had he finished than there entered, rolling from side to side, a little being, quite round, brandishing unknown weapons at the end of innumerable small hands. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

H. G. Wells Other weapons flashed into action, and the miniature battle was brought to an end only by the engine-driver drawing his train out of the station. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Jack London He was armed with the weapons of the slain guards — a live arsenal that fled through the hills pursued by the organised might of society. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Alphonse Daudet But never any poisoned arrows — they are weapons altogether too unfair. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Jules Verne So he merely saw that his weapons were all right, and then, with his night-glass, again plunged his gaze into space. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

H. Rider Haggard Now Ospakar spoke with his company, and the end of it was that he called on them to take their weapons and avenge themselves by their own might. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Rafael Sabatini He had no weapons other than the heavy-bladed knife with a jewelled hilt that was thrust into his girdle of plaited leather. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

George Meredith By hunger sharply sped To grasp at weapons ere he learns their use, In each new ring he bears a giant’s thews, An infant’s head. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Anna Katherine Green The menace of the future called for the strongest weapons which lie at the hand of man. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle The few who threw themselves in their way were overpowered or brushed aside, while the pursuers were beaten back by the ready weapons of the three cavaliers. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

William Morris Yet again came two men a-horseback, merchants clad goodly, with three carles, their servants, riding behind them; and all these had weapons and gave little more heed to him than he to them. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

George Meredith We have no weapons in these times—none! Our curses come back to roost. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle Of weapons he had none, but a mandolin was slung by a black silken band over his back, and the high brown end projected above his shoulder. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

E. T. A. Hoffmann That which is inscrutable in the nature of woman mocks all the weapons of man. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Wilkie Collins The unfortunate girl might stoop, on her side, to use the weapons of deception against her enemies, and might defame her own character by pleading pregnancy. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

Their weapons were slings, bows and arrows, javelins, and darts. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Eliot But there were all sorts of weapons in abundance hanging there, and Baldassarre’s eyes discerned what he was more hungry for than for bread. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Bring out your hatchets, pickaxes, crowbars, and other weapons of war, and we’ll turn up our shirt-sleeves, and shiver our timbers, and not leave one splinter of wood adhering to another. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Let us now see how it is used; let us examine the weapons which bear it to its destination, and take a view of the poor victim from the time he receives his wound till death comes to his relief. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Here might two walk abreast, and Lord Juss and Lord Brandoch Daha took their weapons and entered abreast into the rift. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle We saw no sign of weapons and no show of resistance against the coming danger. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

The heroes bade lade their sumpters with weapons and with harness. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Andrew Lang Perhaps no extant tribe is in the way of using unpolished stone weapons and no others, but it does not follow that unpolished stone weapons are not primitive. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Richard Burton Excellent weapons abound in this country, the reason being that there is a perpetual demand for them, and when once purchased, they become heir-looms in the family. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle They had all produced from under their smocks rustic weapons of some sort. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

D. H. Lawrence And a remote, alert, sharp gentleness belonging to far past twilight ages, before enemies and iron weapons were perfected. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

At the time I did not grasp that this was because there were no weapons to be had. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Richard Hakluy Their weapons are all darts, but some of them have bow and arrows and slings. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

D. H. Lawrence Only he stayed really far away from her, looking down at her from a sort of distant hill where her weapons could not reach: not quite. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang Any one who will look through a collection of Australian weapons and utensils will be brought to this conclusion. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

And above the spreading whisper of lowered voices only a little rattle of weapons would be heard, a single louder word distinct and alone, or the grave ring of a big brass tray. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells The Thing in Being that roars so tremendously about Charing Cross corner seems a bigger antagonist than an elephant, but then we have better weapons than chipped flint blades. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Edgar Rice Burroughs His weapons consisted of a stone ax and knife and a heavy knobbed bludgeon of wood. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

William Dampier The sultan of Mindanao sometimes makes war with his neighbours the Mountaineers or Alfoores. Their weapons are swords, lances, and some hand-cressets. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

William Morris Thitherward then he made, stealing from bush to bush, since he deemed that he needed not be seen of men who might be foes, for at the first sight he had noted the gleam of weapons there. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

But it did not need the weapons to proclaim that this was no servant. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim These are the weapons which will make Germany the greatest Power in the world. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

H. G. Wells Gentlemen and their womenfolk had walked the world without weapons and lived in pleasant comfortable houses. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The others, four in front and three behind, began to move slowly towards the appointed place, keeping their weapons ready for instant service, and the last three walking backwards. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

If I remember rightly, the first five men I saw wounded in Spain were all wounded by our own weapons — I don’t mean intentionally, but owing to accident or carelessness. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Henry James They employed the same — or almost the same — weapons in both directions; the flintlock and the halberd against the Indians, and the cat-o’-nine-tails against the heretics. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

From the point of view of the P.S.U.C.-controlled Generalite, the first necessity, to make their position secure, was to get the weapons out of the C.N.T. workers’ hands. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Olaf Stapledon Not by weapons but by correlation of subtle eyes and subtle hands through subtle brain, this creature triumphed. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Walter Scott The knight, shaking Phoebe from him with difficulty, advanced into the hall to meet those who rushed in, with torches lighted and weapons prepared. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

With weapons we the welcome prey invade, Then call the gods for partners of our feast, And Jove himself, the chief invited guest. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

These his lance reaches; over those he rolls His rapid car, and crushes out their souls: In vain the vanquish’d fly; the victor sends The dead men’s weapons at their living friends. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Andrew Lang But their stone weapons were harder and keener, and with these they engraved the various spirals and coils on hard wood, of which we give examples here. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells It is an astonishing thing how few weapons there are nowadays. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Sigmund Freud It is quite unmistakable that all weapons and tools are used as symbols for the male organ: e. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

My refusal to accept their weapons created some surprise, but with their usual civility they did not press their offers further. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Virginia Woolf And among some notes for poems that he did not live to write are these: The unnaturalness of weapons . Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Gustave Flauber The confusion of weapons was as great as that of garments and peoples. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

You know the weapons well, and, consequently, I am only making the chances equal. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Muffled voices — the clash of weapons — single cries for help — then with the deepest blackness of the night there followed a breathless awful silence. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

The early development of tools and of weapons is of course the same fact seen from two different points of view. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Men armed with spears surround and exterminate a shoal detected in shallow water; and the boomerang and the nulla-nulla as well as the spear form the weapons of the solitary fisherman. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Wilkie Collins If I once placed myself publicly in the wrong, I put the weapons at once into Sir Percival’s hands. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Olaf Stapledon The party of the world-mind used these weapons far less than the radio, which they, but not their enemies, could operate with irresistible effect. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle As she drew nearer, they could see also that she was packed with men, and the gleam of weapons told what manner of men they were. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Olaf Stapledon Here the party of the world-mind dominated, not by weapons but by sheer radio-bombardment, so to speak. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle I remembered that Challenger had declared that man could not exist upon the plateau, since with his feeble weapons he could not hold his own against the monsters who roamed over it. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle The carbines, swords, and bandoliers were eagerly pounced upon by the victors, some of whom had served in the militia, and knew well how to handle the weapons which they had won. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rudyard Kipling He faced them with such weapons as were within his knowledge, and he supplemented his weapons with what skill and craft life taught him. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Rudyard Kipling One cries “Aid me!” flourishing at the same time the weapons of his business. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Boys ought not to play with weapons with the dangerous properties of which they are not familiar. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

And their flint weapons they succeeded in bringing to a high polish by incredible labour and perseverance. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Andrew Lang As soon as it was night, he took his weapons and set out. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells By their light Graham saw the heads and bodies of a number of men, armed with weapons like those of his guards, leap into an instant’s dim visibility. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Baldwin Spencer Around this, the dilly bags and baskets of all the women in the camp were hung on sticks, or on tree trunks, close by; the men's weapons were arranged on the ground. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Samuel Johnson The catastrophe is not very happily produced; the exchange of weapons is rather an expedient of necessity, than a stroke of art. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

Watkin Tench Nor are their weapons of offence confined to the spear only, for they have besides long wooden swords, shaped like a sabre, capable of inflicting a mortal wound, and clubs of an immense size. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Maria Edgeworth They come armed — armed with weapons which I shall steep in poison for their enemies. The Grateful Negro by Maria Edgeworth

I have loved weapons, horses, women: weapons to replace the muscles I had not; horses to serve as wings; women, so that I might possess in some one the beauty that I lacked myself. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

You talk as if this wickedness of the Wood were but a natural human prank, when it is black sin that can only be combated by the spirit of God and such weapons as God has expressly ordained. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Then came in the Age of Bronze, introduced from abroad, probably from the East, as its great depôt was in the basin of the Po. Next arrived the Gauls, armed with weapons of iron. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Jack London And all the time our men waited in the refuge, weapons in hand — automatic revolvers and rifles, to say nothing of half a dozen infernal machines of Biedenbach’s manufacture. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Two soldiers, armed cap-a-pie, were holding their glittering weapons crossed in a triangle. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope Illi robur et aes triplex, of which I believe no weapons of any assailant could get the better. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He was willing enough to fight, but the weapons with which to do battle were wanting to him. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

His weapons are argument and mild persuasion. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Tommy found a number of long, flat, sword-like weapons close by, and brought four or five of them into the camp. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Whenever he seizes an animal with these formidable weapons he hugs it close to his body, and keeps it there till it dies through pressure or through want of food. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Baldwin Spencer His customs and organisation, as well as his various weapons and implements, show, so far as we can see, no indication of any such feature. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Richard Hakluy Their weapons are bows, arrows, darts, and slings. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Happily we had plenty of weapons and ammunition. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Arnold Bennett I’ve got no revolver and no weapons of any kind. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

H. Rider Haggard They bore no weapons in their hands. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Naturally this order had not been obeyed; it was clear that the Anarchists’ weapons could only be taken from them by force. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Andrew Lang There was, in such a case, time for much change in the details of life, art, weapons and implements. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

He had many weapons in his arsenal; but none strong enough to break a woman’s dogged resistance. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith Marvels are solid weapons when we are attacked by real prodigies of nature. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Edgar Rice Burroughs His weapons and shields and other little store of treasures were littered about. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Rudyard Kipling By the way, what meaning might you attach to in armis?’ ‘Oh, weapons — weapons of war, sir. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

It was this long passage with its interminable row of low latticed windows that Lord Newhaven was turning into a depository for the old English weapons which he was slowly collecting. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Churchman and Agnostic can easily find good weapons for argument in his works. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Prince reined up his steed and opened his visor, whilst his followers crowded round him with waving weapons and frenzied shouts of victory. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

H. Rider Haggard The weapons that each man bore were simple, but most effective, consisting of a short and very heavy two-edged spear with a wooden shaft, the blade being about six inches across at the widest part. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Bram Stoker It would be at once his sheath and his armor, and his weapons to destroy us, his enemies, who are willing to peril even our own souls for the safety of one we love. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Hope The king was unarmed, and Herbert in no better plight; their hunting weapons were in the adjoining room, and Rupert seemed to bar the way. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle The yellow-bearded Mailey, the old warrior, scarred with many combats and eager for more, stood beside his wife, the gentle squire who bore his weapons and nerved his arm. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

At the same time, the fact of none of his own weapons being used countenanced the probability of a surprise. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Sore cut these weapons in the heroes’ hands, for they would fain guard both their castles and their land against the strangers. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Olaf Stapledon After some five hundred years locks and keys, weapons and doctrines, began to return. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

William Dampier They did at first endeavour with their weapons to frighten us, who lying ashore deterred them from one of their fishing-places. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Doubtless they thought them some strange manner of war-club, and as those who are condemned to the arena are permitted weapons of defense, they let me keep them. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anthony Trollope The muskets, it seems, were not absolutely useless even as weapons of war. North America by Anthony Trollope

Richard Burton During the previous disturbance we kept our places with weapons in our hands. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Gissing He drew a deep sigh of relief, for the efforts of the mob against the house door could scarcely succeed unless they used more formidable weapons for assault, and that would now be all but impossible. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Thus, many male birds are highly pugnacious, and some are furnished with special weapons for fighting with their rivals. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Rudyard Kipling Life, for the young at least, is not all weapons and munitions of war. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells The admirals and generals were contemplating with something between hostility and fascination, the huger weapons the steel industry was gently pressing into their hands. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Then they bade place the weapons on sumpters for the Rhine. Siegfried, the warrior, and his heroes had wrought full well, as Gunther’s men must needs confess. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Each male animal uses his weapons in his own peculiar fashion. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

The Burmese population had no weapons and were quite helpless against it. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Abraham Merri The weapons of the soldiers were covered so that there could be no betraying glints; spear-heads darkened — no shining of metal upon any of us. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They showed no sign of fear, and since we had no weapons whatever and there were at least a hundred of them, standing ten deep about us, we gave in as gracefully as we might. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Margaret Oliphant They were full of curiosities of every kind: weapons from distant countries, trophies of what is called “the chase,” hung upon the wall of the outer hall. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Add [to this], that there is no one who handles martial weapons more gracefully. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

A state may be ruled by punishments; weapons of war may be used with skill; but the whole world may be gained by freedom from action and purpose. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Anthony Trollope He has a certain work to do, and a certain cause to serve — namely, his own; and in order to do that work, and serve that cause, he uses such weapons as God has placed in his hands. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton That a mere stage army of that description—why I thought all educated and enlightened people were aware that such weapons are quite obsolete. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

H. G. Wells And put all weapons — all implements that might be weapons, away. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

We answered with caution and wisdom, for our villages were burnt, our stockades weak, the people weary, and the weapons blunt. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Rafael Sabatini He has chosen the weapons of calumny for this combat, but those weapons are not mine, as I shall show him this very day. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Andrew Lang And, stepping to the window, he saw the lances gleam in the sunlight and the armour and weapons glitter. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope No money was to be paid to him, and he was to be left to take any proceedings at law which he might please — while his adversaries were proceeding against him with all the weapons at their disposal. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens His streaming white hair, his remarkable face, and the impetuous confidence of his manner, as he put the weapons aside like water, carried him in an instant to the heart of the concourse at the stone. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

I sprang up, seizing the revolver with the one hand, the dagger with the other; I was not willing that my weapons should share the fate of the watch. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Should he carry the blued steel weapon that still lay in his suitcase? Colin had a certain scorn for any weapons other than the very efficient ones provided him by nature. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton In a tree that yawned and twisted The King’s few goods were flung, A mass-book mildewed, line by line, And weapons and a skin of wine, And an old harp unstrung. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Washington Irving They are endowed with natural weapons of defence: with horns, with tusks, with hoofs, and talons; but man has to depend on his superior sagacity. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Watkin Tench All we could now do was to search the huts for weapons of war: but we found nothing except fish gigs, which we left untouched. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

The weapons with which the bourgeoisie felled feudalism to the ground are now turned against the bourgeoisie itself. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Fouquet had thrown aside his weapons of defense, and hate and jealousy had picked them up. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Baldwin Spencer The men's weapons consist of shield, spears, boomerang and spear-thrower, all of which are constantly carried about when on the march. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells Each power sought to keep its preparations secret, to hold new weapons in reserve, to anticipate and learn the preparations of its rivals. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Meredith I call upon you to meet me, with what weapons you like best, to prove that you are not a midnight assassin. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

All the men flee but one, and his weapons fail — then the terrified girl hurls the spear, striking the beast to the heart. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Thomas Hardy It has the very brassy hue of the ancient weapons that here were used. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Anthony Trollope She was not able now to stand up bravely before her suitor, and fight him as she had done at first with all the weapons which she had at her command. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

He saw that M. Fouquet was defeated—morally subdued—and so he came to his rescue with fresh weapons in his hands. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Samuel Johnson The Highland weapons gave opportunity for many exertions of personal courage, and sometimes for single combats in the field; like those which occur so frequently in fabulous wars. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Anthony Trollope These, I thought, and not secret voting, were the weapons by which electoral intimidation should be overcome. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Olaf Stapledon Preparations were actually made for a war which would have had all the bitterness of the old wars of religion, but would have been waged with more formidable weapons than man had ever used before. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon