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wield
used in David Copperfield

4 uses
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Definition to have or use — such as
  • to wield an ax — to hold or use an ax (especially to handle it well)
  • to wield power or influence — to have or exercise power or influence
  • Can I be so weak as to imagine that Mr. Micawber, wielding the rod of talent and of power in Australia, will be nothing in England?
    Chapters 55-57 (88% in)
  • 'Without more directly referring to any latent ability that may possibly exist on my part, of wielding the thunderbolt, or directing the devouring and avenging flame in any quarter, I may be permitted to observe, in passing, that my brightest visions are for ever dispelled — that my peace is shattered and my power of enjoyment destroyed — that my heart is no longer in the right place — and that I no more walk erect before my fellow man.
    Chapters 49-51 (2% in)
  • I watched him into the heart of Mr. Micawber's letter, and returned the elevation of eyebrows with which he said " 'Wielding the thunderbolt, or directing the devouring and avenging flame!"
    Chapters 49-51 (6% in)
  • ' "In an accumulation of Ignominy, Want, Despair, and Madness, I entered the office — or, as our lively neighbour the Gaul would term it, the Bureau — of the Firm, nominally conducted under the appellation of Wickfield and — HEEP, but in reality, wielded by — HEEP alone.
    Chapters 52-54 (23% in)

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