Phrases with "yards"

For unto a ragman does Thought compare Death — unto an unscrupulous ragman, who searches the back yards for offal and refuse, and surreptitiously gathers into his foul bag the good and the quick. The March of Man by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells The rope ladder fell past it for some yards and ended. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. G. Wells He turned sharply, and peering, saw a small, hunched-up figure sitting a couple of yards off in the shadow of the enclosure. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Thomas Hardy They parted in their usual friendly manner, and Anne and her mother were left to walk the few remaining yards alone. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Rudyard Kipling North he looked up a strip of green cultivation a few hundred yards wide that lay like a carpet between the river and the tawny line of the desert. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

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

We were, I estimated, about half-way to Norddeich, in the Buse Tief, a channel of a navigable breadth, at the utmost of two hundred yards at this period of the tide. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Charles Kingsley At the rate of ten cubic yards a-year, the stream has taken several hundred thousand years to make the glen. Science by Charles Kingsley

Oscar Wilde Three yards of cord and a sliding board Are all the gallows’ need: So with rope of shame the Herald came To do the secret deed. The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde [1898]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson A few hundred yards farther, and, passing through a gap in the hedge, I began to go down hill through a pretty extensive tract of young beeches. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was a little bit of open sandy beach, perhaps sixty yards long, without rocks, and boasting less surf than any other part of the island I could see. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

The thin line, three hundred yards long by thirty broad, never shows more than two tenements deep, owing to the hill that rises behind it: here the only furnace was found. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

How little you know her worth! She is only waiting to be assured that you are to have my greenheart, with a reel that spins fifty yards of silk. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Suppose, instead of turning off the steam, you jump off the engine, and let the train run on?” “Impossible. There are seventy yards of embankment gone, and—” “Basta! I know that. An Engineer’s Story by Amelia B. Edwards

Jules Verne Le boulet devait être animé d’une vitesse initiale de douze mille yards à la seconde. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

Rudyard Kipling Gray Brother followed his example quickly, keeping a little to his left to get the wind that was blowing from the right, while Akela bounded fifty yards up wind, and, half-crouching, stiffened too. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Mark Twain I chose a reposeful Sabbath-day sort of a back street which was about thirty yards wide between the curbstones. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Henry Handel Richardson Having followed for a few hundred yards the wide, rut-riddled thoroughfare of Main Street, the riders branched off to cross rising ground. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

M. R. James All B—— turned out, but did not obstruct my view, for I was at the large first-floor window and not ten yards away. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

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]

The farmhouse was only about two hundred yards away, and you had to keep out of sight because old Brewer was very down on fishing. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Charles Kingsley The chances are not great — the house is two hundred yards from the nearest cottage: but if there be an east wind —” “I cannot bear this any longer. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Rudyard Kipling It would certainly be a wondrous palace, this one, for it was two yards long and a yard broad in ground-plan. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

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]

The distance was nothing, for the station had been made specially for the convenience of the Tempests, and lay within a few hundred yards of the castle gates. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anthony Hope The moon was sinking, but about three hundred yards away, coming along the road from Zenda, I made out a party of men. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am also your landlord for those few yards of sand on which you have pitched your tent. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

At the same moment a frightful pandemonium of yells, punctuated by barks from Flo, broke out a few hundred yards away. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The rise of the bottom was very steep, and the last hundred yards really stiff. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

He would go and see, for it was not two hundred yards from his path. The Keeper of Cademuir by John Buchan [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had not gone twenty yards down the gravel walk of the garden before I saw the very couple of whom we had just been speaking. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

The gorge was about seven yards wide, too far to risk a jump, and the cliff fell sheer and smooth to the imprisoned waters two hundred feet below. Prester John by John Buchan

He had just concluded his hongo to Suwarora by paying 80 wires, 120 yards of cloth, and 130 lb. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

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]

George Eliot Then he started up and walked away, not looking round till he was ten yards from her, when he just turned and gave a parting beck. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Radclyffe Hall The Poste de Secours was a ruined auberge at the crossroads, about fifty yards behind the trenches. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

They went about another twenty yards and then Larose stopped again. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

I went by it slowly, without stopping, and parked my car round a corner three or four hundred yards away. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

But we had gone very few yards before a great rousing cheer boomed up from the stands, and I knew instantly what had happened. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

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

It came to rest about 50 yards behind me and within a few paces of the exact spot where the murder had been done. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

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

Knowing that if their suspicions were once thoroughly aroused they would not stop until they had put miles between us, I sighted for five hundred yards and fired. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

It possessed a broad verandah on three sides, while the men’s hut and the stockyard were situated some hundred and fifty yards further to the right. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

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 Gissing If only because it was your father — ’ He checked himself and they walked on for several yards without speaking. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Abraham Merri Out from the middle of this ring stretched a tentacle — writhing, undulating like a serpent of steel, four score yards at least in length. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Anthony Hope At a distance of some five yards he halted finally, drew out his revolver, covered the man whom he took to be Bauer, and thus waited his fortune and his chance. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

A few hundred yards behind us there was a country house, called La Granja, with big farm-buildings, which was used as a store, headquarters, and cook-house for this sector of the line. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The yards were drawing in a number of them. Mother by Maksim Gorky

William Morris Shoot when my horn blows!” And therewith he came up to the hedge, climbed over, slowly because of his armour, and stood some dozen yards out in the field. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Had Diaway but entered the scrub not two yards from where I was released, I could not have existed more than a minute. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

The next few yards were not so difficult, and then I stuck once more. Prester John by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling Hinchcliffe’s face grew livid, and, his hand ever so slightly working on the throttle, the car buzzed twenty yards uphill. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

H. G. Wells And then, within thirty yards of the pit, advancing from the direction of Horsell, I noted a little black knot of men, the foremost of whom was waving a white flag. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

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

H. G. Wells It was perhaps two hundred yards away from him, and very nearly fifty above the heads in the ruins below. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Jack London I looked out of the window, which should have commanded the back yards of the neighbouring buildings. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

A few score yards farther on a swing gate gave access to a field-path, cutting off the corner that the high road made with the narrow lane. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

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]

They were heave-hoing, stopping and unstopping, pawling, catting, and fishing for three hours; and the sails hung from the yards all the afternoon, and were not furled until sundown. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Edgar Allan Poe These, having their backs on the hills, must look, of course, to the centre of the plain, which is just sixty yards from the front door of each dwelling. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Baldwin Spencer A hole has been made in the ground in the middle of the lubras' camp, and the Lurkun is placed upright in this, the men retiring to one side and sitting down, about fifty yards away. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

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]

Twenty yards or so from the gate, two carriages were drawn up. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Fifty yards from the barrier we were well in front, and I took the first jump a good three lengths ahead. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Ford Madox Ford Ashburnham was quite close to the rails not five yards from us and I heard him saying to himself: “Might just be done!” And he did it. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

A few hundred yards farther brought us to a plantation bordering our road upon the right. Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce [1888]

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

Jules Verne Our business, then, is to open our trenches upon ground some hundreds of yards above the level of the sea. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

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

I don’t think I have so far explained that in front of the house there was an unkempt garden about fifty yards long by thirty wide, enclosed by a rough Bush fence. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

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

H. G. Wells Not two hundred yards from the first trench. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Hope I made out a window two yards my side of it and nearly on the same level. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Mark Twain There was a sharp yelp, a flirt of the poodle’s head, and the beetle fell a couple of yards away, and lit on its back once more. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

The report of a musket at some hundred yards behind him, and the whistle of a bullet close to his head, disagreeably and startlingly dispelled it. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. F. Benson In the centre of the room not three yards away from them stood the figure of a man with his head bent over on to his shoulder, so that the face was not visible. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

William Makepeace Thackeray Loll Mahommed, his palanquin, and his men, were now not above two hundred yards from the fort. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Ralph Waldo Emerson This is half a mile northeast from Stonehenge, bounded by banks and ditches, 3036 yards long, by 110 broad. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

As he walked up and down he could see, through a sort of natural opening or lane among the trees, the planter’s residence some seventy-five yards distant. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Henry Kingsley Top-gallant masts sent down and yards close hauled. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Twenty yards up the slope, beyond the edge of the brush, were vertical cliffs, in which, directly in front of us, was a narrow opening. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

H. Rider Haggard For yards and yards round the great rose of fire the rock-roof was red-hot. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

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]

He can do the hundred yards in less than eleven seconds and in the intercollegiate sports last year he also swept the board in all the races up to the half-mile. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Bozo contemptuously pointed out an old white-bearded screever fifty yards away. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

It was absurd to see curlews almost running between our legs like tame pheasants, and so shy a bird as the golden plover coolly regarding us from a rock two yards off. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

H. G. Wells And what I want you to understand is this — ” “But whereabouts?” interrupted Mr. Marvel. “Here! Six yards in front of you. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

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]

Rudyard Kipling Quick!’ Ortheris ran his sight up to six hundred yards and fired. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

There is a causeway about two hundred yards long on the river bank, but no road anywhere. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

The enemy was somewhat closer to us here, perhaps three or four hundred yards away. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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]

Maybe you are right, and I shall be warmer if I have some yards of stone and earth for blanket. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I had covered some hundred yards from shore when it became evident that my pursuer must grasp the stern of the skiff within the next half-dozen strokes. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

I’ll show it to you,” and he led them some hundred yards away to one of the potting sheds in the garden. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

The light was bad, the cheap revolvers fouled and carried wild, the screaming wretches were swift to flatten themselves against the masts and yards or find a momentary refuge in the hanging sails. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Anthony Trollope The church itself is pretty, standing in the park, close to the old Priory, not above three hundred yards from the house. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The wall to port had advanced to at least four yards from the hull of the Nautilus. The Captain understood me, and signed me to follow him. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

H. G. Wells Our fellows were coming down the gorge and these Reds came out on the bank, not twenty yards away. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

He had been within fifty yards of the front door of the Hall, he said, when he had actually heard the report of the shot with which the deceased killed himself. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Henry James Innumerable yards of lustrous silk and satin, of muslin, velvet and lace, passed through her cunning hands, without a jealous word coming from her lips. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

Thomas Hardy The hillock was about fifty yards from the top of the cliffs, and by day it apparently commanded a full view of the bay. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

I halted them when they were six yards from the gate, and asked what they wanted. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

The islet was barely twenty yards away. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

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

Edgar Allan Poe At about fifty yards from the mouth of it we saw a small spring of water, at which we slaked the burning thirst that now consumed us. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang She had on a great golden crown which was three yards high and set with brilliants and sparkling gems. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He was now about fifty yards from me, and I made shift to lessen the distance. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

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]

Rudyard Kipling Fifty yards beyond this gorgeous trinity are ten to twelve engines who have put in to Jamalpur to bait. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Leo Tolstoy In a large room, about ten yards long and six yards wide, there walked unceasingly from one end to the other, six men in long grey coats, some in felt boots, some barefoot. The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

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]

I watched them two brown, hairy brutes not ten yards off. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Robert Louis Stevenson But not three yards from shore, I plumped in head over ears; and if ever I was heard of more, it was rather by God’s grace than my own prudence. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Steele Rudd The yards were filled with cattle — cows, heifers, bulls, and calves, all separate — bellowing, and, in a friendly way, raking skins and hair off each other with their horns. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Sinclair Lewis The scattered houses between which they passed in town were small and desolate in contrast to the expanse of huge snowy yards and wide street. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Kingsley He finds, on observation, that this stream brings down some ten cubic yards of sand and gravel, on an average, every year. Science by Charles Kingsley

Charles Dickens Of course, he was found guilty, and was sentenced to be beheaded in Lincoln’s Inn-fields, not many yards from his own house. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was only these few yards that seemed unlit and desolate. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell She faced Mrs Mason! They were not ten — no, not five yards apart. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

But now Halder was blotted out, and I could only see a few hundred yards of sea. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Three motor-cars were pulled up within fifty yards of them. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

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]

I jumped on my motor bike again, and started off in the direction of Port Lincoln, but fifty yards was the utmost it carried me before it again stopped abruptly in its tracks. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

The two men—the pursued and the pursuer—at last turned into the Marylebone Road; they were now within a few hundred yards of home. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

But we had not got many yards from home when we heard the Squire coming after us. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

George Eliot He was so haunted by the thought of Baldassarre, that it was already he whom he saw in imagination sitting on the straw not many yards from him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

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]

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

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. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells The last few yards was a frightful struggle against this faintness. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

John Lewis Burckhard It is about forty yards across, overgrown with acacia or (ﻂﻨﺳ) Sant trees, and bordered on both sides by steep shattered granite cliffs, of grotesque shapes. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Lewis Carroll C. G. L., Nabob, Old Crow, and Tympanum assume that the number of yards in the length of the path is equal to the number of square yards in the garden. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Willa Cather The two were not ten yards apart when the shell struck. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You might have believed that it could have been heard say fifty yards off, by a person with good hearing. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

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

However, after I had gone some fifty yards I was compelled to stop, feeling faint and weary. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

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]

William Hope Hodgson I screwed my head round, and looked along the yards above us. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Marle House was then not 20 yards from him and, against the faint starlight, its walls stood out as a deeper shadow of the night. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

The mate then hailed the yards — “All ready forward?”— “All ready the cross-jack yards?” &c. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Abraham Merri We were now nearly abreast and a scant hundred yards away. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling He was staggerin’, an’ his eyes were half shut, an’ we cud hear him dhraw breath twinty yards away. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edgar Rice Burroughs We had drawn some fifty yards ahead of Hooja — there had been times when we were scarce ten yards in advance-and were feeling considerably safer from capture. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

It was he who in the famous race of 18 — caught up in the last three hundred yards the quickened stroke which gave Oxford victory. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle You’ll hardly believe me, but I’ve seen at the distance of five hundred yards the bullets humming through the narrow slits as thick as bees. That Veteran by Arthur Conan Doyle

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

Arthur Conan Doyle The spot where the fragments of the bust had been found was only a few hundred yards away. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

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]

Henry Handel Richardson It was true she did not parade her loss in yards of crepe. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Then, shouting for plenty of line, he ran twenty yards down the beach and leapt in on the top of a tumbling breaker. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

M. P. Shiel The five cabs started off once more, I, as usual, following ten yards behind; in Piccadilly they parted, his going eastward into Long Acre, I after him. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Leon Trotsky Not more than two hundred yards away at the right, under cover of the hilly banks, the enemy flotilla was lying, the boats looming up as a vague mass. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne We were running N.N.E. at frightful speed, and more than fifty yards deep. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jules Verne This dugong which Ned Land was preparing to attack was of colossal dimensions; it was more than seven yards long. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

We found the new tomb a few hundred yards in the rear of the Ramesseum. The diggers were in the pit; the Governor and a few Arabs were looking on. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

In this way we covered three-fourths of the distance, and had only the bare dozen yards where the gradient eased off up to the edge of the kranz. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Gissing Miss Warren sat a couple of yards away, reading a review. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

She ran the last ten yards of the slope and the man caught her in his arms. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

We hadn’t gone twenty yards before Peter drew very near to me and kept turning his head like a hunted stag. Greenmantle by John Buchan

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

Rudyard Kipling A week later he hired a man to make several dozen square yards of trellis-work to put around the back of his hut, that his women-folk might be screened from the public gaze. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The high ship was now scarce sixty yards distant; she seemed to know: she reared her lofty figure-head with great awful shoots into the air. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jules Verne The projectile ought to be propelled with an initial velocity of 12,000 yards per second. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Joseph Furphy So I turned my head, and saw, on the opposite side of the river, about eighty yards away, a man on a grey horse. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

W. W. Jacobs Fifty yards beyond the Seamew he found a post, and leaning against it with his friend, anxiously watched the deck of the schooner. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Rooke, who was about twenty yards off saw and suspected this movement. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Then he emerged, and, in his turn, retraced his steps by the way he had come, in so doing passing within fifty yards of the spot where Max lay concealed. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Willa Cather The range was a little long for the Boar’s Head, they were not getting the worst of it; but thirty yards back everything was torn to pieces. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle Four archers lay behind a clump of bushes ten yards in front of the thick hedge which shielded their companions. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Ere they had gone fifty yards in it they came to four blind paths. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Passing through the next villages — a collection called Kifukuro — we had to pay another small tax of two barsati and four yards of chintz to the chief. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Jules Verne The general direction of the Nautilus was south-east, and it kept between 100 and 150 yards of depth. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

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]

Olaf Stapledon These supported a body that was never more than an inch thick, though it might be as much as a couple of yards wide and ten yards long. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Anatole France Now M. Coignard had not got twenty yards away from the house when the other lackey, a tall fellow, with the limbs of a daddy-longlegs, ran after him, shouting for the guard. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Thomas Hardy There were a few clear yards in front of the Royal carriage, sanded; and into this space a man stepped before any one could prevent him. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Morrison A square of two hundred and fifty yards or less — that was all there was of the Jago. But in that square the human population swarmed in thousands. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

For one thing, he could not understand how it was Ramon’s cries for help had not been heard at once, as the night was still and there were several bungalows only a few hundred yards away. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

M. P. Shiel And there—at once—ten yards to my right—I saw. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Sinclair Lewis Dozens and then scores of men and excited women filled the yards opposite, oozed into the street. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Morning found him only about thirty miles from the city and he had to hide during all the day in a clump of trees not three hundred yards from the outlying houses of a small township. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

H. G. Wells I joined all my fishing-lines together with stems of seaweed and things and made a stoutish string, perhaps twelve yards in length or more, and I fastened two lumps of coral rock to the ends of this. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Below me, after a few hundred yards of rocks and scree, I saw a long tract of bracken and deep heather sweeping down to the stream. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Jules Verne Reaching the bottom, about five yards deep, he went on his knees and filled his bag with oysters picked up at random. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

He sprang like lightning to his feet and, turning round, saw James Dice standing not 10 yards away. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

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]

He had scarcely gone ten yards in the street when he perceived that he was followed by a man, wrapped in a large cloak. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

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]

The elephant was standing eight yards from the road, his left side towards us. Collected Essays by George Orwell

One could almost have believed that the eye had tricked the mind, that all was mirage, that five yards from the path the solid earth fell away into nothingness. Space by John Buchan [1911]

W. H. Hudson The traveller soon arrived, spurring his horse, scared at the light and snorting loudly, to within two yards of the door. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Rudyard Kipling All three adjourn to the nearest bar — seldom more than twenty yards away — and take three straight whiskys. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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]