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allude
used in David Copperfield

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Definition to make an indirect reference
  • by which he meant snail, and this was in allusion to his being slow to go,
    Chapters 7-9 (38% in)
allusion = an indirect reference
  • Mr. Chillip, looking mildly at my aunt with his head on one side, and making her a little bow, said, in allusion to the jewellers' cotton, as he softly touched his left ear: 'Some local irritation, ma'am?'
    Chapters 1-3 (22% in)
  • For I thought he wanted something else to eat, and had pointedly alluded to that description of refreshment.
    Chapters 4-6 (47% in)
  • I was so ashamed to allude to a commonplace thing like my box, to a scholar and a master at Salem House, that we had gone some little distance from the yard before I had the hardihood to mention it.
    Chapters 4-6 (67% in)
  • If he seems to have been at all stern with a certain person, Peggotty — you understand, and so I am sure does Davy, that I am not alluding to anybody present — it is solely because he is satisfied that it is for a certain person's benefit.
    Chapters 7-9 (58% in)
  • She was tender-hearted, too; for when, as we sat round the fire after tea, an allusion was made by Mr. Peggotty over his pipe to the loss I had sustained, the tears stood in her eyes, and she looked at me so kindly across the table, that I felt quite thankful to her.
    Chapters 10-12 (17% in)
  • As he made no allusion of any kind to this property, he was supposed to have left it behind him by accident when he went away; until Ham, running after him to restore it, came back with the information that it was intended for Peggotty.
    Chapters 10-12 (22% in)
  • After that occasion he appeared every evening at exactly the same hour, and always with a little bundle, to which he never alluded, and which he regularly put behind the door and left there.
    Chapters 10-12 (23% in)
  • 'This,' said Mr. Quinion, in allusion to myself, 'is he.'
    Chapters 10-12 (48% in)
  • There was a long-legged young man with a very little empty donkey-cart, standing near the Obelisk, in the Blackfriars Road, whose eye I caught as I was going by, and who, addressing me as 'Sixpenn'orth of bad ha'pence,' hoped 'I should know him agin to swear to' — in allusion, I have no doubt, to my staring at him.
    Chapters 10-12 (97% in)
  • He showed me that it was covered with manuscript, very closely and laboriously written; but so plainly, that as I looked along the lines, I thought I saw some allusion to King Charles the First's head again, in one or two places.
    Chapters 13-15 (52% in)
  • Until the arrival of that remittance,' said Mrs. Micawber with much feeling, 'I am cut off from my home (I allude to lodgings in Pentonville), from my boy and girl, and from my twins.'
    Chapters 16-18 (78% in)
  • I understand your allusion, my love.
    Chapters 28-30 (6% in)
  • Mr. Micawber then embraced Mrs. Micawber, and pressed my hand; leaving me to infer from this broken allusion that his domestic supply of water had been cut off that afternoon, in consequence of default in the payment of the company's rates.
    Chapters 28-30 (7% in)
  • ' 'This idea of Mrs. Micawber's, my dear Copperfield,' said Mr. Micawber, making his shirt-collar meet in front of his chin, and glancing at me sideways, 'is, in fact, the Leap to which I alluded, when I last had the pleasure of seeing you.'
    Chapters 28-30 (28% in)
  • He feelingly alluded to the young lady, unknown, whom Traddles had honoured with his affection, and who had reciprocated that affection by honouring and blessing Traddles with her affection.
    Chapters 28-30 (33% in)
  • She thought she was wiser, now, than her man of business, who was not such a good man of business by this time, as he used to be — I am alluding to your father, Agnes — and she took it into her head to lay it out for herself.
    Chapters 34-36 (47% in)
  • Our instructions to Mr. Dick were that he should copy exactly what he had before him, without the least departure from the original; and that when he felt it necessary to make the slightest allusion to King Charles the First, he should fly to the Memorial.
    Chapters 34-36 (83% in)
  • I believe it is unnecessary to add that I allude to Mr. justice Blackstone.'
    Chapters 34-36 (90% in)
  • If I am reserved to wear a wig, I am at least prepared, externally,' in allusion to his baldness, 'for that distinction.
    Chapters 34-36 (94% in)
  • Under the temporary pressure of pecuniary liabilities, contracted with a view to their immediate liquidation, but remaining unliquidated through a combination of circumstances, I have been under the necessity of assuming a garb from which my natural instincts recoil — I allude to spectacles — and possessing myself of a cognomen, to which I can establish no legitimate pretensions.
    Chapters 34-36 (97% in)
  • We had only one check to our pleasure, and that happened a little while before I took my leave, when, Miss Mills chancing to make some allusion to tomorrow morning, I unluckily let out that, being obliged to exert myself now, I got up at five o'clock.
    Chapters 37-39 (17% in)
  • If I may not be permitted to allude to the natural depravity of the human heart, at least I may — I must — be permitted, so far to refer to misplaced confidence.'
    Chapters 37-39 (28% in)
  • 'I don't allude to the matter in that light,' said Mr. Spenlow.
    Chapters 37-39 (36% in)
  • As to Miss Murdstone,' for I had alluded to her in the letter, 'I respect that lady's vigilance, and feel obliged to her; but she has strict charge to avoid the subject.
    Chapters 37-39 (40% in)
  • 'The most unlikely person I could think of,' — though his own face had suggested the allusion quite as a natural sequence.
    Chapters 37-39 (84% in)
  • Of course I did not understand then that this was an allusion to her supposed experience of the stricken Pidger; but I saw, from the gravity with which Miss Clarissa nodded her head, that great weight was attached to these words.
    Chapters 40-42 (36% in)
  • He perfectly understood this allusion to the considerations that had hitherto restrained me in my communications with him.
    Chapters 40-42 (88% in)
  • I rather think that neither the blow, nor the allusion, would have escaped me, but for the assurance I had had from Agnes that night.
    Chapters 40-42 (88% in)
  • But, in general, Mr. Micawber has had no secrets from the bosom of affection — I allude to his wife — and has invariably, on our retirement to rest, recalled the events of the day.
    Chapters 40-42 (98% in)
  • His life is a mystery to the partner of his joys and sorrows — I again allude to his wife — and if I should assure you that beyond knowing that it is passed from morning to night at the office, I now know less of it than I do of the man in the south, connected with whose mouth the thoughtless children repeat an idle tale respecting cold plum porridge, I should adopt a popular fallacy to express an actual fact.
    Chapters 40-42 (98% in)
  • For similar reasons I made no allusion to the skirmishing plates upon the floor; or to the disreputable appearance of the castors, which were all at sixes and sevens, and looked drunk; or to the further blockade of Traddles by wandering vegetable dishes and jugs.
    Chapters 43-45 (42% in)
  • He made no allusion to these clothes, neither did I. There they had been waiting for her, many and many a night, no doubt.
    Chapters 46-48 (33% in)
  • Who has made the least allusion to gold watches?'
    Chapters 46-48 (78% in)
  • It is sufficient to know that the name to which I do myself the honour to refer, will ever be treasured among the muniments of our house (I allude to the archives connected with our former lodgers, preserved by Mrs. Micawber), with sentiments of personal esteem amounting to affection.
    Chapters 49-51 (1% in)
  • In any case, he will have the benevolence to consider this communication strictly private, and on no account whatever to be alluded to, however distantly, in the presence of Mr. Micawber.
    Chapters 49-51 (9% in)
  • Poor thing!' he was now alluding to Mrs. Micawber's letter, and we were standing side by side comparing the two; 'it will be a charity to write to her, at all events, and tell her that we will not fail to see Mr. Micawber.'
    Chapters 49-51 (10% in)
  • Mr. Peggotty has not alluded to it, and I have a delicacy in doing so.
    Chapters 49-51 (84% in)
  • On the day of Mr. Micawber's memorable denunciation a threatening allusion was made by Uriah Heep to your aunt's — husband.'
    Chapters 52-54 (92% in)
  • I allude to — in short, Punch.
    Chapters 55-57 (71% in)

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