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Far from the Madding Crowd
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Far from the Madding Crowd
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  • Then the reapers' hooks were flourished again, and the old sounds went on.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • That entry and exit hereby was only at rare intervals became apparent on noting that tufts of grass were allowed to flourish undisturbed in the chinks of the sill.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • A short time ago I had the happiness to lead to the altar this lady, your mistress, and not until now have we been able to give any public flourish to the event in Weatherbury.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And that ye can make sun-dials, and prent folks' names upon their waggons almost like copper-plate, with beautiful flourishes, and great long tails.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Flourishing his finger ominously he threw a gaze teeming with tidings just where his eye alighted by accident, which happened to be in Joseph Poorgrass's face.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Now then again—the next bar; I'll help ye to flourish up the shrill notes where yer wind is rather wheezy:— "Oh the wi'-il-lo'-ow tree' will' twist', And the wil'-low' tre'-ee wi'-ill twine'."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The judge changed carriages whilst a flourish was blown by the big-cheeked trumpeters, and a procession being formed of the vehicles and javelin-men, they all proceeded towards the town, excepting the Weatherbury men, who as soon as they had seen the judge move off returned home again to their work.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Here the shearers knelt, the sun slanting in upon their bleached shirts, tanned arms, and the polished shears they flourished, causing these to bristle with a thousand rays strong enough to blind a weak-eyed man.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He flourished the sword by way of introduction number two, and the next thing of which she was conscious was that the point and blade of the sword were darting with a gleam towards her left side, just above her hip; then of their reappearance on her right side, emerging as it were from between her ribs, having apparently passed through her body.  (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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