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flourish
used in
Moby Dick
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flourish
Used in
Moby Dick
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  • With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And so saying the lighted tomahawk began flourishing about me in the dark.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • All that is made such a flourish of in the old South Sea Voyages, those things were but the life-time commonplaces of our heroic Nantucketers.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • With memories like these in him, and, moreover, given to a certain superstitiousness, as has been said; the courage of this Starbuck which could, nevertheless, still flourish, must indeed have been extreme.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • While narrating these things, every time Queequeg received the tomahawk from me, he flourished the hatchet-side of it over the sleeper's head.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Suspended over the side in one of the stages, Tashtego and Daggoo continually flourished over his head a couple of keen whale-spades, wherewith they slaughtered as many sharks as they could reach.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Sullenly taking the offered lantern, old Fleece limped across the deck to the bulwarks; and then, with one hand dropping his light low over the sea, so as to get a good view of his congregation, with the other hand he solemnly flourished his tongs, and leaning far over the side in a mumbling voice began addressing the sharks, while Stubb, softly crawling behind, overheard all that was said.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: dismissed them with a flourish
as in: the business is flourishing
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