Phrases with "yard"

Thomas Hardy The yard was a little centre of regeneration. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope He steadied the animal a yard or two from the margin as he came to the headland that ran down the side of the brook, and then took his leap. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

I strode towards the figure—I stood—within half a yard of it. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

Thomas Hughes Now, the farmer in question rented a house and yard situate at the end of the field in which the young bird-fanciers had arrived, which house and yard he didn’t occupy or keep any one else in. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Anthony Trollope And then the crowd of huntsmen hurried round from the front of the house to a paddock at the back, and then again through the stable yard to the front. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Two mornings later, however, he came out into the yard to find his watch-dog stretched stark and stiff before the house door. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Jack London While crossing the yard I felt something take hold of my leg and screw it off. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

The woman came into the yard from around the corner of the garage. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Anthony Trollope He withdrew his arm from her, and stood a yard apart from her, looking into her face. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Virginia Woolf But Chaucer says outright: Three large sowes hadde she, and namo, Three kyn, and eek a sheep that highte Malle; or again, A yard she hadde, enclosed al aboute With stikkes, and a drye ditch with-oute. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Thomas Hardy The object of her wonder was a trailing brown hair, very little less than a yard long, which proved it clearly to be a hair from some woman’s head. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

As he turned to do so a chair opposite to me moved from the wall quickly and noiselessly, and dropped itself about a yard from my own chair, immediately fronting it. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Another door, opposite the window, led to the rest of the house: a small back-parlour, a kitchen, three rooms above, with a yard and a strip of garden at the back. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

H. G. Wells She sat down upon a boulder and I sat on a lower slab a yard or so away, and we looked at one another. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

It was on a Sunday that I saw a pike a yard long asleep in shallow water by the bank and nearly got him with a stone. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Whartons’ own children had long grown up, but their yard was still one of those predestined places where young people gather in the afternoon. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Sir Walter Scott Edith, as if modesty had quelled the courage which despair had bestowed, stood about a yard from the door without having either the power to speak or to advance. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Willa Cather Far out at the north end, nearly a mile from the court-house and its cottonwood grove, was Dr. Archie’s house, its big yard and garden surrounded by a white paling fence. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Henry Fielding He swore he would let go his anchor no more, but would beat the sea while he had either yard or sail left. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

D. H. Lawrence With a triumphant purr the Luxus came steering out of the garage yard and drew up at the hotel door. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

The yard seemed to be full of men. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Henry Kingsley In the first, he says he was lying on his back, and above him were the masts and spars of a ship, and a sailor-boy was sitting out on a yard in the clear blue, mending a rope or doing something. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Henry Kingsley He went out into the yard again. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

She has drawn up a programme of ceremonies a yard long, in which your old fellow is cast for a principal part. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Sir Walter Scott Hatteraick was quietly stretched upon his pallet within a yard of his victim. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Every yard of the garden was gone over, the plantation was examined as through a magnifying-glass, and every brick almost of the wall scrutinised for a secret exit. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Anthony Hope For a yard or two we saw him plainly, then his figure grew dim and indistinct. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

What can be more amusing than Searle’s yard on a fine Sunday morning? It’s a Richmond tide, and some dozen boats are preparing for the reception of the parties who have engaged them. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Jules Verne There, a mile and a half from the frigate, a long blackish body emerged a yard above the waves. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

James Joyce If he doesn’t conduct himself I’ll wring his ear for him a yard long. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

David and the dogs are waiting for me in the count yard as I write. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins The yard is on one side of the garden. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Right across the yard it came and disappeared through the garage door. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

D. H. Lawrence She knew that the woman across the yard was standing at her door listening, but she did not care. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

The three I allude to were just in front, within half a yard of my estrade, and were among the most womanly-looking present. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Anthony Trollope The brute, who had taken off a yard before the stump, knowing well the danger of striking it with his foot, came down with a grunt, and did, I think, begin to feel the weight of that extra stone. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Even as she looked, Mrs. Poppit and Isabel crossed the yard into the waiting-room and ticket-office. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I know a short time ago there came men who searched those cellars, searched them carefully, yard by yard. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was within about a yard of his destination when the door was suddenly opened. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Andrew Lang In a moment Renzolla’s pretty mouth stretched out into a snout, with a beard a yard long at the end of it, her cheeks sank in, and her shining plaits of hair changed into two sharp horns. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then, he can return home by another way and come into the road at the top of the hill this time, so that by shutting off the engine again, he can just glide down into the yard without a sound. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

When she was a yard away he fired, blowing her skull to fragments. Burmese Days by George Orwell

We fought it out yard by yard and didn’t budge till we saw the Plessis dump blazing in our rear. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Henry Handel Richardson The entrance was through a yard in which stood a collection of rabbit-hutches, while further back gaped a dirty closet. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

But suddenly a new car came up the road, and slowed down a yard or two from me. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Arthur Morrison A builder’s yard in Kingsland with an office in a loft, and money in a common desk. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

D. H. Lawrence A moment or two after we heard him across the yard with the milk-buckets, singing “The Ash Grove”. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce The stonecutter’s yard on the right. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Guy de Maupassant As the cocks were beginning to crow in the poultry yard and it was near daybreak, he set to work to bury the man. Saint Anthony (Saint-Antoine) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

George MacDonald To be quite safe he had to step into the recess of the door that led from the yard to the shrubbery. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

She walked mechanically after them, and would have stepped in with it but for the sight of her own gleaming landau drawn up within a yard or two, and the General waiting. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Anthony Hope Thus placed, my range of sight embraced a yard or more inside the window, while the radius of light did not reach me. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle Yard by yard I drew in upon him. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

G. K. Chesterton A yard or two off, even more to her surprise, sat Miss Browning’s more domestic sister, also taking down the same words in shorthand. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle I crossed the yard to get the pegs, and heard the galloping coming nearer. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch So that, what with one thing and another, it wanted but an hour of dawn when I regained the yard of the Posada del Rio and cautiously reentered the little granary. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Laurence Sterne The foot of the bed was within a yard and a half of the place where we were standing. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

H.P. Lovecraft It was the Pawtuxet farm of Joseph Curwen, as he well knew it would be; and he would have given much had the yard been less confusingly trampled. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Anthony Trollope But Sir Harry declared that there had not been a yard of scent. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

In one part a badger had made his earth and powdered a yard or two into dust. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

The very moment that he arose, a man’s voice sounded, not a yard from his ear. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Thomas Hardy At first she thought they were disturbed by being partly in contact with the boughs of her bush; but in a moment Robert Loveday’s face peered from them, at a distance of about a yard from her own. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Pu Songling They nevertheless entered, crossing the yard on which the portal opened, which was closed, at the end, by the little temple in open woodwork close under the mass of roofs of green tiles. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Kate Chopin Some weeks later there was a curious scene enacted at L’Abri. In the centre of the smoothly swept back yard was a great bonfire. Short stories by Kate Chopin

William Hope Hodgson I knew very well that some of the gaskets were little better than old shakins; and, unless Tom got hold of something on the t’gallant yard below him, he might come down with a run any moment. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Ha! In sooth, ’tis strange; but here I behold six eggs that must have come by accident from some poultry yard hereabouts. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Thomas Hardy She was Mr. Melbury’s servant, and passed a great part of her time in crossing the yard between the house-door and the spar-shed, whither she had come now for fuel. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Isabella Bird There were lace collars 40 guineas each, and flounces of Valenciennes lace, half a yard deep, at 120 guineas a flounce. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Thereupon he went over to the door, and, laying himself down about a yard from it, watched it intently. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A pipe at distances of a yard would suffice for every purpose. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

The yard was full of cross, tired workmen, untidy cooks, and washer-women, and every evening I saw disgusting sights so offensive to me that I wished that I was blind. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Willa Cather The next morning, when he looked out of his windows, only the tops of the cedars in the front yard were visible. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Eliot In stooping he saw about a yard off something whitish and square lying on the dark grass. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Richard Hakluy Their bows are of wood, of a yard long, sinewed on the back with firm sinews, not glued to, but fast girded and tied on. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

William Makepeace Thackeray This was the dress of the blue-veiled women from the Lebanon, stalking solemnly through the markets, with huge horns, near a yard high, on their foreheads. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

D. H. Lawrence Indeed, it had rained at seven o’clock, as they stood lounging miserably about in the barracks yard with its high wall, cold and bitter. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Lawson We’ll yard ’em early, and have the arternoon to ourselves. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Wilkie Collins She threw the dangerous contents of the second and smaller bottle out into the yard — and then put it back empty on the chimneypiece. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

E. T. A. Hoffmann But Signor Pasquale only took faster hold of her, saying that he wouldn’t suffer her to leave his side a yard in that pitch darkness for anything in the world. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Jules Verne The Nautilus then rested on the bed of ice, which was not one yard thick, and which the sounding leads had perforated in a thousand places. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

T. E. Lawrence The soil was heavy for the cars, for with summer drought this red earth cracked a yard deep and two or three inches wide. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Well, this orderly, Miron, loved horses; he used to go into the yard and make signs for them to give him a horse to groom. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

That seems far enough off to be pleasantly credible, but to have such a transubstantiation take place in the front yard of a white-fenced American residence, is rather startling. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson Before they had time to recover, I sent another ball over their heads; and at my third shot (which went as wide as the second) the whole party threw down the yard and ran for it. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Its origin was in the idle behaviour of the stable-boy, who had interrupted his proper business of swilling the yard to crack a carriage-whip, by way of cheap and indolent variety. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

I told the boy to be at his post in the inn yard early the next morning, and if my nephew did not leave the inn, my agent was to ascertain what he was doing, and to bring me word thereof. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells Rom followed her, and perceiving her mood to be restful, sat a yard away. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Willa Cather Maybe you’d like to have a circus in the back yard this afternoon? And we’ll all come. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Your wonderful kindness——” “A strange case,” moralized Carrados, as they walked out of the quadrangular yard into the silent lane. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Guy de Maupassant The yard door reopened, old Amable again presented himself. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Thomas Hardy On an afternoon at this time a young girl entered the stone-mason’s yard with some hesitation, and, lifting her skirts to avoid draggling them in the white dust, crossed towards the office. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

But they were none of them of any use, so after one quick glance round to see if there were anything more of interest in the room, he ran out into the yard to the garage. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Robert Louis Stevenson The yard clock was striking the hour of ten; so was the big bell in the palace bell-tower; and, farther off, the belfries of the town. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

She was in her back yard hanging out some clothes. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Anthony Trollope She tried to get in at the back, but the yard gates were fastened; and Jack, the ostler, did not seem to be about yet. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard More he could not learn, for the gates of the palace yard were barred and guarded, and the soldiers would not let him through. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne In the Turner yard at Philadelphia there reposed an enormous aerostat, whose strength had been tried by highly compressed air. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Abraham Merri Its base was a flat strip of pathway a yard wide from which the walls curved out in perfect cylindrical form, smoothed and evened with utmost nicety. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

G. K. Chesterton A yard or two from the wall ran parallel to it a linked and tangled line of lime-trees, forming a kind of cloister along the side of the road. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

What is it to do with you?” When I went out into the yard again grandfather was standing at the gate with his cap off, and his eyes raised to heaven, crossing himself. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

D. H. Lawrence And they had bunches of blue, blue strings, and one long blue string that trailed almost a yard across the sand, straight and blue and translucent. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

They braced their meagre bodies, then tugged, writhed, strained backwards like agonized creatures of black rubber, and the ponderous hull crept onwards a yard or two. Burmese Days by George Orwell

So the weighing yard and stand was pretty well empty, which was just what old Jacob expected. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The duel took place on the morrow, in the barrack yard behind a low wall. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

A yard or two farther and the brown horse and his burden must have gone over the terrible drop, as straight as a plumb-line, on to the awful rocks below. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

When I came to Driver’s I runs his horses up into a yard nigh the angle of his outside paddock and collars this little ‘oss, and lets old Johnny go in hobbles. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

A. E. W. Mason But Idris crossed the yard and unbolted the prison door without a look at them. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H. G. Wells I heard a step outside, and incontinently flung open the door and found Montgomery within a yard of it. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arnold Bennett The wide lapel of his shining frock-coat was buttoned high up under his beard and curved downwards for a distance of considerably more than a yard to his knees: it was a heroic frock-coat. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

These he drove quickly into a bare patch of ground at intervals of a few feet, with each one about a yard distant from the face of the wall. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

He therefore called a third bravo, and made him descent into the yard as the other two had done, with orders to unfasten the bolt inside very carefully, so that he might have free ingress and egress. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

And the shops — they’re not bad, are they, for the size of the place? Though today, upon my soul, there doesn’t seem to be a yard of white spotted veiling among them. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

E. Nesbi And he stopped within a yard of what they had come into the tunnel to look for. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

For the enemy to attack towards the Somme would be to fight over many miles of an old battle-ground where all is still desert and every yard of which you British know. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

When it was barely above the surface I set a stake into the soil a yard away. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Sir Walter Scott Here is a fellow, now, comes down the walk; the stoutest raven dared not come within a yard of that copper nose. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

James Joyce Gob, he golloped it down like old boots and his tongue hanging out of him a yard long for more. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The girl guided them to a dry hollow where an arch of rock made a kind of roof and where a yard off a spring bubbled among the stones. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

All at once my strained, yearning stare distinguished a white object floating within a yard of the ship’s side. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

I am in the mucky yard at La Granja, among the mob of men who are struggling with their tin pannikins round the cauldron of stew. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

You just see Marigalante to windward of them, some leagues off, about a yard high in the horizon. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

The yard was a seething pot of what is called vice, immorality, the wild, untamable appetites of healthy lads. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Edith Wharton The offer of five cents fired him with an instant willingness to lead her to Mrs. Hochmuller, and he was soon trotting past the stone-cutter’s yard with Ann Eliza in his wake. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Theodore Dreiser At the intersection of the street and the broad railroad yard were many heavily laden cars of bituminous coal newly backed in. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

There were no stars, and we could scarcely see a yard before us. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Not a step but his own was stirring, and the road in places so overhung with old trees that it was difficult to see a yard before one. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang Pat now telephoned to Mr. Hoffman, Coroner of Dubuque, who found the old clothes in the back yard of the local morgue. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri At each end of the square, close to the bottom, was a diamond-shaped lozenge, cabochon, perhaps a yard in width. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Frederick Marryat She has a yard of rope, and that is enough for her to lick her calf, which is all that she requires at present. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

When, at last, the custodian came and opened the gate to us, we entered a little grassy yard from which a flight of steps led to Petrarch’s door. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Lewis Carroll Old King Cole. Vindex. Problem. — An oblong garden, half a yard longer than wide, consists entirely of a gravel walk, spirally arranged, a yard wide and 3630 yards long. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Leon Trotsky I run screaming across the yard to the machine-shop, where Ivan Vasilyevich pulls out the sting and smears a healing liquid on my finger. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Willa Cather Most of the company followed Mrs. Tellamantez, and they sat about on the gravel in her little yard while she and Johnny and Mrs. Miguel Ramas served the ice-cream. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Charles Dickens They both clung to the main yard of the ship, which had broken from the mast, and now supported them. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

John Galsworthy Hallo! Coming!” The horn sounded a yard off. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Out of the opposite slope, a yard or two on, rose a stout stack of masonry, a many-headed monster with a chimney-pot on each, and a full supply of wires for whiskers. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Thomas Hughes Right across the close they went, each doing all he knew, and there wasn’t a yard between them when they pulled up at the island moat. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

It was close to the road, about a yard only of garden ground lying between. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

The turf arrived in process of time, on a woman’s back, and was arranged in a circle in a yard at the back of the forge. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

D. H. Lawrence On the asphalt yard the rain was falling. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Where’s my wife?’ and out came the pistol a yard from me. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

I found myself standing before a gate that led into a yard bordered by a strip of thirsty earth, where there were flowers, purple stock and scarlet geranium. August Heat by W. F. Harvey

He had been absorbed in his reading until hearing the motor-cycle coming, and then he had looked up and regarded its occupants intently every yard of the way until the engine stopped. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Wilkie Collins He repeated vacantly, “Villain? and where is Frank?” As the name escaped his lips, Clara appeared at the open yard door, and hurried into the room. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Ivan Turgenev Suddenly she heard from the yard a loud masculine voice: it was singing a song of which it was impossible to distinguish the words, prolonging each note, though not with a melancholy effect. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

D. H. Lawrence Tilly, an old woman now, came in saying that the labourers who had been suppering up said the yard and everywhere was just a slew of water. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

So perhaps, I am going out poaching to-night, and I have gone into the yard to get the dog. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Henry James Cela ne tenait qu’ a moi! But I could n’t; he was impossible! He must have measured, from ear to ear, at least a yard and a half. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Jules Verne When it was lighted he calculated it would burn about an inch in five minutes, or a yard in three hours. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

One flapped across the road not a yard from him, and in a second his beast was on its haunches. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

E. Nesbi It was not yet quite dark in the tunnel when Phyllis caught at Bobbie’s skirt, ripping out half a yard of gathers, but no one noticed this at the time. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

This ring she called her yard measure; and she was in the habit of using it as her Standard of purity, and comparing it with any diamonds which her customers submitted to her inspection. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson Anywhere else, you took your life in your right hand when you came within a yard and a half to peer over. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy Holly was riding into the yard on her long-tailed ‘palfrey. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

H.P. Lovecraft A stench unnameable now rose up from below, and the doctor’s head reeled dizzily as he laid back the slab and turned his torch upon the exposed square yard of gaping blackness. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Charles Dickens Everybody is brisk; and as we finish breakfast, the horses come jingling into the yard from the Post-house. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

The man followed him at a distance from Albion Terrace; watched him home; dogged him to the “White Lion;” and, by-and-bye, entered the yard and offered the ostler a glass of ale at the tap. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Kate Chopin She knocked on Melicent’s door to acquaint her with the startling news; then hurried out into the back yard and rang the plantation bell. At Fault by Kate Chopin

He crossed the yard and went into the back kitchen, or brewhouse, as it was more often called, and Katrine, hoping the quarrel was over, got into bed again. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ho, the bully Rover Jack, Waiting with his yard aback Out upon the Lowland Sea.” The two boon companions sat listening in silence. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr Bradshaw was more and more pleased, and raised the price of the silk, which he was going to give Ruth, sixpence a yard during the time. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Mark Twain A copper-colored skeleton, with a rag around him, brought me a glass decanter of water, with a lighted tobacco pipe in the top of it, and a pliant stem a yard long, with a brass mouth-piece to it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

One room had three windows overlooking the yard and one overlooking the garden; the other room had one window overlooking the garden and another facing the street. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy To the ring was attached an ash staff about a yard long, which the bull with the motions of his head flung about like a flail. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins The yard was the next place inspected. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

What will your rising be without the Snake? Would they follow you a yard if they suspected you had lost it?’ ‘So you would threaten me,’ Laputa said very gently. Prester John by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope But as he drove his gig into the parsonage yard at Plum-cum-Pippins, he made up his mind that this, too, was among the things which a Christian minister should bear with patience. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton The figure in the doorway came forward and Darrow, looking up, found himself face to face with Sophy Viner. They stood still, a yard or two apart, and looked at each other without speaking. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The twelfth green was only a yard or two away and around the pin, within a foot or so, were five or six golf balls. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

It was well for me I knew every yard of the course, for the pain in my ankle came back almost at once and in a straight out run I should have had no chance at all. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Every yard of the judge’s garden was plainly visible, and I almost seemed to be looking into the windows of the house. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

D. H. Lawrence At the back of the cottage the land rose steeply, so the back yard was sunken, and enclosed by a low stone wall. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald The other man was waiting, fists up, a yard away, but Samuel knew that though physically he had him by several inches and many pounds, he wouldn’t hit him. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Phillips Oppenheim All the same, I must confess I had rather be in Washington. Have you sent that cable?” “I’ve sent one a yard long. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

As they went across the yard to call Makola, they saw shadows moving in the night. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

I crawled a yard or two up-stream, and then in an open patch saw what was happening. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Steele Rudd Mother and Sal heard the noise, and came with a light to see Dad’s purchase, but as they approached “Dummy” threatened to carry the yard away on her back, and Dad ordered them off. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Theodore Dreiser With these modifications and a trade, and perhaps the little yard which Desmas had referred to, his life would be, if not ideal, at least tolerable. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis In the small yard outside, an old hen of a maple tree perched amid patchy short grass, and the rusty old iron fence smelled of rusty old iron. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope The cattle had been got off to Dublin in their starved condition, but he, as he had come back, had been boycotted every yard of the way. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Pu Songling A neighbour who had watched these nocturnal visits was inquisitive enough to climb the wall which separated his yard from that of the lovers, and to wait, hidden in the shade of the house. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Privately she was of the opinion that Marilla Cuthbert swept that yard over as often as she swept her house. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Charles Dickens Boy! straight down this long-arched passage, and past the great dark door into the yard — you see the fire shining on the window there. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Wilkie Collins The cart was standing in the back yard when they reached the lower regions of the house, and Dawkes (otherwise the farm-bailiff’s man) was fastening the last buckle of the horse’s harness. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

The yard belonged to a dealer in hay: two empty waggons were there, but no men visible, being their dinner-time. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Rudyard Kipling They debouched into a yard by the hundred, and they were big red brutes carrying much flesh. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Fill the yard B with sheep from the big yard A. The yard B we will suppose to hold about 600. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Charles Dickens As he was crossing the next yard with the basket in his hand, under the guidance of his former conductor, another officer called to them to stop, and came up with a pint pot of porter in his hand. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

In the meantime my poor father’s body had been secretly buried at midnight in the back yard of his late residence, with his late boots on and the contents of his late stomach unanalyzed. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

From the gallery the visitor proceeded into a pretty drawing-room, fifteen feet square, lighted on the east by a small casement that looked over the yard of a neighbouring house. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Steele Rudd Then Dave caught the cow by the tail, and she pulled him about the yard until two men took him away. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

But on leaving the yard Edward said: “Doctor, I don’t like that fellow’s looks: let us try the landlord. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Her dresses were at least a quarter of a yard longer. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maskull saw, marching through the trees and heading toward them, three men in single file separated from one another by only a yard or so. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle The outer I had only caught a glimpse of once or twice, when the gate of the exercise yard was open. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Charles Dickens The effect is very like that of an old cathedral yard in England; and when their branches are in full leaf, must be extremely picturesque. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

On hearing it two of the monks crossed the yard to open it, and, when they had swung the heavy doors back, a small party of men, mounted on donkeys, rode into the square. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arnold Bennett In the old Turnhill days she had come over to Bursley occasionally with her mother; but to shoppers from Turnhill, Bursley meant St. Luke’s Square and not a yard beyond. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Anatole France I like the bent tree of my yard because you have seen it. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Charles Dickens By a plank more gracefully pendulous than substantial, I make bold to go aboard a transport ship (iron screw) just sent in from the contractor’s yard to be inspected and passed. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]