Phrases with "yards"

M. P. Shiel It passed twenty yards from the quarry, Loveday no doubt imagining that Hogarth still worked there; but the quarry was some hundred and fifty yards from the trench. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Arthur Morrison He bolted his tea to start the sooner on a trolley-journey to a public-house two hundred yards away. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

William Dampier They make their pieces 7 or 8 yards long, their warp and woof all one thickness and substance. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

He had on an enormous wig, about sixty yards of what, from where I sat, looked like some sort of scarlet blanketing, and — as if that wasn’t enough! — fur. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

H. G. Wells Some yards above it were projections that might have been the remains of an earlier bridge of stone. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Willa Cather Freight trains from the east and the west piled up at Winslow until the yards looked like a log-jam. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Isabella Bird Both yards were forlorn, uneven, and malodorous, from the heaps of offal and rubbish lying under the hot sun. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

H. G. Wells She had hardly gone twenty yards from Lagune’s door before she became aware of a man overtaking her and walking beside her. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Jules Verne These artificial clouds unrolled their thick spirals to a height of 1,000 yards into the air. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

E. F. Benson She was now some hundred yards in front of him, walking in the direction of The Hurst, and there could be no doubt that she, too, was on her way to see Perdita’s first flower. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

He got off slowly and lost a good three yards at the start, but instantly he made an amazing recovery and at thirty yards was practically on terms again. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

E. F. Benson Then there came a crisper note—the sound of crunched gravel—and a dog-cart drew up at the front-door, some fifty yards only from where they sat. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

He represented St Peter’s in Intercollegiate Athletic Sports, winning the 1907 junior 120 yards hurdles. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

E. F. Benson Ten yards brought her to the grocer’s, and the car stopped again. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

But Dodd saw the boy go overboard, and vaulted over the bulwark near the helm, roared in the very air, “Heave the ship to!” and went splash into the water about ten yards from the place. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

By the flashing of their torches, I could see my pursuers had spread themselves out with about thirty yards between each of them and were systematically beating over the ground, up the hill. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

The fellow was within three yards of her, but thank God! he had now a clear field. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

But I was on the stairs above her, and he seemed to be a couple of yards off when she — she didn’t exactly faint, at least it was more like sinking down quite quietly first. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Massive buckles of an ancient pattern adorned their square-toed shoes, and the canes they carried were like the yards of a small vessel. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

It opens into this corridor, which is about twenty yards long. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

The birds shot past only about ten yards to my right, and I could easily have got the white-front, but I would as soon have shot my mother. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was a sea-going bustle on board; yards were swinging into place; and as the wind blew from that quarter, I could hear the song of the sailors as they pulled upon the ropes. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

At intervals of a few hundred yards we passed dim figures on horseback by the roadside, enjoining silence. What Occurred at Franklin by Ambrose Bierce [1906]

Charles Kingsley Grace now, not fifty yards from her, darted out of the shadow into the moonlight, and ran breathlessly toward the spot where she had seen her mother last. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Then, waiting until the girls were occupied in attending to customers, he slipped out and was speedily some hundreds of yards away. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

E. F. Benson Though numerous, they were to be very elect indeed, and whole constellations of stars and yards of garters would not find a place there to-night, but shine at the small round tables. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

William Makepeace Thackeray Mrs. Ponto measures many yards about in an evening. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

I soon picked him out among the scrub, for even at some hundreds of yards distance the light suit was conspicuous, and I gained upon him fast. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Anthony Hope We rose and went on, following the tracks by the aid of more matches till we reached a tree twenty yards from the door. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Water is got from a hydrant common to the whole colony, some of the caravan-dwellers having to walk 150 or 200 yards for every bucket of water. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Joseph Furphy We steadied the bullocks at the tank till all were satisfied, then headed them back to within fifty yards of the wagons, where we hobbled all the horses, except Bum’s mare. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Meredith I left Koby crouched in the dust, Some yards from the woodman’s hut. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

Charles Kingsley Ten yards farther, the cataract fell sheer in thunder: but a high fern-fringed rock turned its force away from that quiet nook. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Thibout’s face crashed; his blood squirted all round the stone, and eight yards off lay that assailant on his back. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

William Dampier Whether he is at home or abroad, in a house or in the field, he leaves all his company and goes about 100 yards off, and there kneels down to his devotion. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

H. Rider Haggard Presently he moved on, then came a crashing of the reeds about fifty yards above us, and a few minutes later a huge black mass rose out of the water, about twenty yards from me, and snorted. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Suddenly, when only about ten yards from home, the fine head of Celerity loomed up upon my side. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Crouching behind a bush, I was within about ten yards of the four of them on the verandah. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

M. P. Shiel She came into the boat with me, and sat astern, clinging for dear life to the gunwale by her finger-nails, and I paddled the eight hundred yards to the Speranza, and she came up to the deck after me. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

A plane that’s invisible until it drops within 50 yards of you, and one that’s almost noiseless as well. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Gissing Two yards of Broseley also, Mrs. Ricketts.” Breakspeare had produced his pouch, which he opened and held to Martin. “Here’s a new mixture, my own blending, which I should like you to try. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

On one side the cliff was high and sheer, but on the other side the ground sloped down gently for about three hundred yards to a little sandy cove. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

D. H. Lawrence How many millions of yards of the thick, excellent, but hateful material the Italian government must have provided I don’t know: but enough to cover Italy with a felt carpet, I should think. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

The next feature was Npunga Bay, low and leek-green, between the blue-brown water, here some 700 yards broad, and the yellow sun-burnt trough-sides. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Charles Dickens The child curtseyed, thanked her for her information, and giving her hand to the old man had already got some fifty yards or so away, when the lady of the caravan called to her to return. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The last few yards were awful. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Ye’ll run ten yards better, after a heavy meal. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

There are at least sixty yards of it, I should think — and what a bundle it makes! I feared they would discover it under my cloak. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

It was about 300 yards away and, no longer in the ditch, it stood now in the middle of the lane with all its lights extinguished. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was bowl-shaped and at the bottom, some hundreds of yards from where we lay, were pools of green-scummed, stagnant water, fringed with bullrushes. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

William Henry Hudson I did not mind them much, but presently a pair of horses, attracted by their bleatings, also seemed struck at my appearance, and came at a swift gallop to within twenty yards of me. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

William Makepeace Thackeray They shot a man at mid-day at a few hundred yards from the gates while we were at Jerusalem, and no notice was taken of the murder. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Rudyard Kipling They courteously set my feet on the right path, and that led me through the alleys of Devonport to a public-house not fifty yards from the water. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Thomas Hardy A tall man was standing under the lamp-post, about half-a-dozen yards above the post-office, when he dropped the letter into the box. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

As the dahabeeyah approaches, a brown poll is seen bobbing up and down in the water a few hundred yards ahead. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Virginia Woolf Tomorrow she would have to buy twenty yards or more of black bombazine, she supposed, to make a skirt. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

George Eliot Five-an’-eightpence for six yards — as cheap as if it was only the dirt on it as was paid for. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

H. G. Wells Bert stopped abruptly and stood perhaps fifteen yards away, gun in hand ready. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Ten yards further, and I could hear the sullen boom of the falling waters, and as I heard it I saw that the bank of the fall was studded with a fringe of large rocks. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Twenty yards from home, I was level with his girth — ten yards, and we were neck and neck. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Quite close upon us, not twenty yards away, and approaching at a quick step, very distinctly lighted by the moon, Colonel Gaillarde and his companion were coming. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Passing down Piccadilly at a sharp pace, I turned into Berkeley Street, some twenty yards or so ahead of them. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson A few hundred yards up the wood-path Macconochie was waiting us with a great lantern; so the rest of the way we went easy enough, but still in a kind of guilty silence. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells The little house in which the observer and his assistant live is about fifty yards from the observatory, and beyond this are the huts of their native attendants. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

The whole prison couldn’t have been in his pay, yet he would have been under the observation of a score of pairs of eyes at least while passing through the two yards to reach the entrance gates. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

I knew that the inner wire was barely twenty yards from the parapet. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But this pottering in a few square yards of garden is dispiriting and drivelling. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Tobias Smolle A fourth asked me, if I could not keep my yards square without iron braces? And, in short, a thousand witticisms of the same nature were passed upon me before I could get up the ship’s side. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Elizabeth Gaskell Almost opposite to him, not ten yards apart, standing on the raised step at the well-known shop door, was Sylvia, holding a child, a merry dancing child, up in her arms to see the show. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

I had only a few hundred yards to go. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edgar Allan Poe Upon coming up I found myself about twenty yards from the hulk, as near as I could judge. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Nathaniel Hawthorne Just as Endicott perceived him he laid aside his staff and stooped to drink at a bubbling fountain which gushed into the sunshine about a score of yards from the corner of the meeting-house. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then Anthony Sarson, playing his chip a little too strong, lay twelve yards the other side of the flag. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

But after the first few yards it was dry, as if cut from solid rock, and it was powdered with a fine dust. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Flowing Boots, two pairs, drew near, came up, went by, halted twenty yards beyond him, and spoke in deep-lunged, scanty whispers: “I was attune to that scuffle; it stopped. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Robert Louis Stevenson I was so weary that I had twice to make a halt and set down my bundles in the hundred yards or so between the pier and the railway station, so that I was quite wet by the time that I got under cover. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

He had not gone twenty yards down the ravine when another sound made him stand still as if changed into stone. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Still as death sat Alice in her terror gazing into the sightless face of this woman, little more than two yards removed from her. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Furphy For straight behind the buggy, and less than eighty yards away, Priestley’s fourteen-bullock team came crawling along the fence, with the evident purpose of catching the Nalrooka track at the gate. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

That fellow swam off to the coaster — five hundred yards or so — with the end of a warp made up of all the running gear unrove for the purpose. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

It was a heavy load to pull, and less than fifty yards left me breathless and exhausted. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. Rider Haggard Up, good horse, up, there — but fifty yards now. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Richard Burton The “Burhan i Katia” gives the table thus:— 24 finger breadths (or 6 breadths of the clenched hand, from 20 to 24 inches!) = 1 Gaz or yard; 1000 yards = 1 mile; 3 miles = 1 parasang. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The house stands in its own grounds, but the west side of it is not more than thirty yards from the highroad. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Charles Dickens Within a few hundred yards of my retreat, is the house of a friend who maintains a most sumptuous butler. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Jules Verne We have passed the point at which the projectile would have stopped if its speed had only been 12,000 yards at starting. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

We were within a few hundred yards of the Haripol march, which there does not run along the watershed but crosses the corrie about half a mile below the col. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Having furled all the sails, the royal yards were next to be sent down. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Either from fright or treachery he warned the Fascists by flinging a bomb when they were two hundred yards away. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Frederick Marryat In this manner they arrived at last to within eighty yards of the animal, and then Jacob advanced his gun ready to put it to his shoulder, and as he cocked the lock, raised himself to fire. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Only a few hundred yards above another houseboat lay moored among the willows. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. G. Wells Its effect of smallness was enhanced by the erections in the neighbours’ yards on either side. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

A vast, incomparable policeman rounded a pile of rice sacks and stood within twenty yards of the car. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Only a few hundred yards away were the rumble, hootings, and flaring lights of a great thoroughfare. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

But when Peter had cut down encroaching saplings and had stripped off the layers of turf, there lay revealed a hundred square yards of tesselated pavement. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

John Lewis Burckhard The only entrance is through a narrow pass, called Bab el Szaffa, a cleft, between high perpendicular rocks, not more than two yards in breadth, which one ever dared to enter as an enemy. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

When he had gone another fifty yards the rhyme for the final stanza of his poem occurred to him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle We looked out at the strange scene, and with no help from our own lights we could see clearly for some hundred yards in each direction. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

They had gone scarcely fifty yards ere the drops turned away from the river, and took them to the gate of a large gloomy building. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

It was quite close, about ten yards away. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Jules Verne Et si jamais nom fut justifié, c’était bien celui-là! La basse-cour occupa une aire de deux cents yards carrés, qui fut choisie sur la rive sud-est du lac. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

E. F. Benson Then she fed it with muslin; yards and yards of muslin she poured on to it; never had there been so much muslin nor that so exquisitely fine. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Willa Cather I had no clothes, of course; old evening dresses with yards and yards of satin and velvet in them, that Mrs. Dalzell’s sewing woman made over. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Jules Verne Cette usine couvre une surface de dix mille yards carrés, soit près d’un hectare. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Stooping down, he picked up a stone and threw it, but it missed the cur and came towards me and rolled to within ten yards of the verandah. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Charles Stur The ridges had now become very long, and varied in breadth from a few hundred yards to a mile. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

When the moon shone bright I would frequently go and stand within three yards of a cow, and distinctly see the caprimulgus catch the flies on its udder. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

M. P. Shiel Paddling my boat from the right to the left bank, I came to a spot where a little arm of the river ran up some few yards into the land. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Abraham Merri A hundred more yards and we turned. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The nearest hydrant was many yards away, and the engine had to make a circuit. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

For the first two hundred yards our course lay along the left bank of a small creek in a deep ravine, our left battalions sweeping along its steep slope. The Crime at Pickett’s Mill by Ambrose Bierce

T. E. Lawrence We were marching up a valley, from two hundred to five hundred yards in width, of shingle and light soil, quite firm, with occasional knolls of shattered green stone cropping out in its midst. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It was a closed one about twenty yards away and a man was sitting in the driving seat. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

A light breeze favoured our purpose, and it was with great delight that we neared the fragrant land, and saw our anchor go down in the bay of Satalieh, within two or three hundred yards of the shore. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

H. G. Wells We chose a rocky slab some ten yards off, separated from us by a little thicket of olive-green spikes. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

The same night my wife and I were woken by a fusillade of shots from the Plaza de Cataluna, a hundred or two hundred yards away. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At the end of the first half he got loose for sixty yards and a touchdown, but the whistle had blown and it was not allowed. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Down below, out of the little square of bathroom window, I could see the ten yards by five of grass, with a privet hedge round it and a bare patch in the middle, that we call the back garden. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anthony Hope I walked two yards into the cellar, and held the candle high above my head. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The stretch was about twenty yards broad, and then, on the farther side, the track was firmer and there was only just a little sand. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

He managed to spit it out, and found that the swift current had floated him twenty yards already. Burmese Days by George Orwell

When I reached it I discovered that the river at this particular ford was about eighty yards in width and scarcely more than two feet in depth. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Larose waited until he had gone about fifty yards and then darted into the narrow pathway. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Ten yards away from the door Blake’s scolding met my ears, and when I came in he gave me a glance of utter wretchedness; Egstrom, all smiles, advanced, extending a large bony hand. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle A wide, open space lay before us — some hundreds of yards across — all green turf and low bracken growing to the very edge of the cliff. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Abraham Merri The pillar of radiance had not lessened — but the mechanism that was its source had retreated whole yards within the field of its crystal base. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling Imagine a stream seventy yards broad divided by a pebbly island, running over seductive “riffles” and swirling into deep, quiet pools, where the good salmon goes to smoke his pipe after meals. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Abraham Merri Now Ruth and Dick were a scant fifty yards from the crevice. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle It was curious to see that when it was so narrow that one could almost jump it, the Arabs would still go for many hundreds of yards rather than risk the crossing. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

She was standing not many yards distant, wagging her white feathery tail as fast as the muscle would work, and intently watching the operations of a spade, plied fast by an indefatigable hand. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Down go the braces again; in come the studding-sails, all in a mess, which half an hour won’t set right; yards braced sharp up, and she’s on the starboard tack, close-hauled. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

About three hundred yards higher up, water appears in abundance, and palm clumps grow on both sides of it. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

The wavering lanterns were now three or four hundred yards away, but on the roofs just opposite us across the street there appeared a man’s figure. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Simultaneously seventy Shock Troopers were to assault the next Fascist ‘position’, which lay two hundred yards to the right of the other, joined to it by a communication-trench. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

He did not return again until the evening, when the palace-drums announced that the hongo had been settled for one barsati, one lugoi, and six yards merikani. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

William Makepeace Thackeray The whole mountain was enveloped in mist; and we could nowhere see thirty yards before us. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Ten yards away a little cock the size of a bantam, was pecking vigorously at the ground. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling The wind had dropped, and in the intense stillness they could hear a donkey cropping the frosty grass many yards away. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Kingsley The boat was not fifty yards off: but fast travelling over the pebbles was impossible, and long ere half the distance was crossed, the negroes were on the beach, and the storm burst. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Tobias Smolle I imagine an old Roman would be very much surprised to see an English race on the course at New-Market. The Circus Maximus was but three hundred yards in breadth. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

I have sometimes followed them up for two or three hundred yards without getting to the end. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Seat yourself yonder on that crag (about one hundred yards from the bank), while I retire to a distance. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Jules Verne He proposed to fix the plate within two hundred yards of the gun. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

E. F. Benson There, just in front of the bed of sweet-peas, not two yards from him, stood a very large grey cat, watching him. The Cat by E. F. Benson

Jules Verne The Nautilus was really imprisoned in a perfect tunnel of ice more than twenty yards in breadth, filled with quiet water. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The next best thing was to find Arcoll’s Kaffir, who was not twenty yards away, get some sort of horse, and break for the bush. Prester John by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling We wasn’t more than fifteen hundred yards off, but old Van Zyl wouldn’t fire. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

M. R. James The line ended at a point some three hundred yards from his front door. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

M. P. Shiel And to me it seemed too vast, too lonesome, and after advancing a few hundred yards beyond the bazaar, I turned again. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Henry Kingsley He, with a twelve foot trout rod, and thirty yards of line, threw a small salmon fly under the weir above the bridge. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope A lighted torch must have been dragged along the grass, so as to ignite a line many yards long all at the same time. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

A man who had been walking several yards in front of Grant turned round as if to see the number of an oncoming bus. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

While we were on the yards, we saw the Loriotte under way, and, before our yards were mast-headed, the Ayacucho had spread her wings, and, with yards braced sharp up, was standing athwart our hawse. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

We followed up the channel, and Mr. Carmichael found a fine little sheet of water in a stony hole, about 400 yards long and forty yards wide. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Arthur Conan Doyle After walking fifty yards up the grass-grown drive the guide turned to the right through a thick belt of trees, and they came out upon a circular plot of grass, white and clear in the moonlight. The Bully of Brocas Court by Arthur Conan Doyle

As we moodily toiled over the plain, my attention was arrested by a dust whirlwind that suddenly sprang up about fifty yards to our left. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

The breadth of the river is very great — I should imagine, some five to six hundred yards — and it contains much water, overflowing as the Malagarazi does after rains. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Jules Verne Seven days after, the 13th of February, the Island of Aphroessa appeared, leaving between Nea Kamenni and itself a canal ten yards broad. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Yes, there were certainly two of them, and for four days and nights he had been the whole time within a few hundred yards of where they were concealed. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

The ward we were going to was 200 yards away and it seemed that to get to it you had to cross the hospital grounds. Collected Essays by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard I followed his glance, and some two hundred yards from us perceived what appeared to be a hole in the snow. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

He would say when fifty yards of line were out the particular part of the body in which the barbed point was sticking. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

When they were within fifty yards Sir Ferdinand calls out, ‘Surrender! It’s no use, men,’ says he; ‘I don’t want to shoot you down, but you must see you’re outnumbered. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Vague outlines of people came out of yards and flitted along the streets, and the dog gave chase. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Young Romeo was full of running and overhauled his rival foot by foot; when fifty yards from the post they were locked neck and neck. The Story of Tommy Dodd and “The Rooster” by Guy Boothby

A delightful shower of spray fell for many yards outside the basin, inviting to a bath, which we exquisitely enjoyed; the basin was not more than six feet deep. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Elizabeth Gaskell It stands facing the Leck, between which and it intervenes a space, about seventy yards deep, that was once the school garden. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Jules Verne Whilst you were sleeping, Professor, the Nautilus penetrated to this lagoon by a natural canal, which opens about ten yards beneath the surface of the ocean. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

I had almost given up hope of obtaining one, when, to my surprise, I saw a splendid specimen of the breed quietly feeding in an open spot some fifty yards or so ahead of me. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

Nikola, by virtue of his pretended rank, was some yards ahead, I followed next; Laohwan came behind me, and the baggage ponies and the Mafoos (or native grooms) behind him again. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Jules Verne Je vous dirai donc que les canons de cent de Dahlgreen, qui portaient à deux mille cinq cents toises, imprimaient à leur projectile une vitesse initiale de cinq cents yards à la seconde. De La Terre a La Lune by Jules Verne [1865]

When a few hundred yards farther on I turned off the road into the track leading to the Grey House, glancing half round, I was not too pleased to see him standing still, watching me. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Arthur Conan Doyle For my own part, I had instantly brought my own troopers into the same formation, so that there we were, hussars and dragoons, with only two hundred yards of grassy sward between us. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

H. G. Wells And a few hundred yards ahead of him, with a tail of torn cobweb trailing behind him, rode the little man on the white horse, still but imperfectly in the saddle. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jules Verne The bit of strand was only a few square yards in area, quite a narrow strip. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Charles Stur As soon as we descended from the sand ridge we got on a narrow native path, that led us down to a hut, about 100 yards from the shore of the lake. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anthony Trollope At the Lowell Bleachery fifteen million yards are dyed annually. North America by Anthony Trollope

On the last step he paused; lighted a cigar; glanced round, as if to see whether anyone was by; and then walked straight over to within a couple of yards of the kennel. How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries by Amelia B. Edwards

The admiral, with a three-foot telescope, closely scanned the impervious foliage fifty yards away. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Marie Corelli Slipping the thing into his pocket, the Prince looked about him, and soon recognised his bearings — he was standing about six yards away from the private back-entrance to his daughter’s studio. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

I ought to walk up to within, say, twenty-five yards of the elephant and test his behavior. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Jules Verne The giants of this species measured twenty feet round and ten yards and a half in length; but they did not move as we approached. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Charles Kingsley Between two ridges of high pebble bank, some twenty yards apart, comes Alva river rushing to the sea. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Mrs. Biddows had two fine wooden clothes posts and eighteen yards of clothes rope. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

It lay about 50 yards to the east of the church. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Rudyard Kipling Anon, he observed, much as the Almighty might observe black-beetles, two small figures coming over the Pebble-ridge a few hundred yards to his right. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

There, in a space of a hundred square yards or so, about a hundred and fifty people were sitting or standing. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

E. F. Benson He was only some six yards from the window, and after pausing there a moment he came close up to the window, so that his face nearly touched the glass, looking intently at me. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

Fifty yards further and my heart gave a big thump. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Joseph Furphy But the wind ballooned the back of my coat and the right branch of my other garment, and I went three yards through the air, like a bird shot on the wing. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Edgar Rice Burroughs The farmhouse, which stood on a little elevation some hundred yards from the tenant house, had undergone a complete transformation during the three weeks that Clayton and Mr. Philander had been there. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Isabella Bird No matter how poor the people are, their rooms stand back from the street, and open on yards more or less mean. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Edward came out of No. 66 and went up the street, when he himself was going down it not so very many yards off. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells They were too high for wood among these rocks, but three or four hundred yards below there were a number of dwarfed fir trees. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope Within a few hundred yards of the hotel there is another fort, and at this point the path taken by Lady Ongar led into the private grounds of the inn at which she was staying. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

It was a small pool not more than twenty yards wide, and rather dark because of the boughs that overhung it. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Algernon Blackwood He went straight forward for some twenty yards and then stopped. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

F. Scott Fitzgerald Miss Warren and Marmora were at a corner table — Nicole was diagonally across from them forty yards away, and as Dick arrived he heard her voice: “Can you hear me? I’m speaking naturally. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

No, he was some yards behind; and he and the Marquis, whose curiosity seemed to be by this time satisfied, were now conversing generally upon some subject of course quite different. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Jane Austen They were soon within thirty yards of the gentleman. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]