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trace
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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  • Holmes traced his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon his face with a little cry of satisfaction.
  • As you observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most useful material for showing traces.

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  • I thought there might be some weapon or other trace.
  • A mole could trace it, and there it vanishes among the reeds.
  • Then he followed a pathway through the wood until he came to the highroad, where all traces were lost.
  • His boots, too, might be told from their traces.
  • Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, that I could plainly see the traces which had been left by the fall of the stricken man.
  • How did you trace it, then?
  • I fear that I have brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug chamber.
  • On examination traces of blood were to be seen upon the windowsill, and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of the bedroom.

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  • There were no signs of violence upon any of these garments, and there were no other traces of Mr. Neville St. Clair.
  • I have traced her.
  • This incident gives zest to our investigation, however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her.
  • I traced her!
  • So perfect was the organisation of the society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with impunity, or in which any of its outrages were traced home to the perpetrators.
  • You are endeavouring to trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. Windigate, of the Alpha, and by him to his club, of which Mr. Henry Baker is a member.
  • We even traced them as far as Reading, but could get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that showed that they were very old hands.
  • We even traced them as far as Reading, but could get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that showed that they were very old hands.
  • The body exhibited no traces of violence, and there can be no doubt that the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, which should have the effect of calling the attention of the authorities to the condition of the riverside landing-stages.
  • So Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away somewhere where no one could find them.
  • A search was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed the gems; but no trace of them could be found, nor would the wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our threats.
  • Early that morning a peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very bulky boxes driving rapidly in the direction of Reading, but there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes’ ingenuity failed ever to discover the least clue as to their whereabouts.
  • About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so dearly.
  • This observation of his had the natural effect of removing any traces of doubt which might have remained in the minds of the coroner’s jury."
  • "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went very carefully round it to observe if there were any traces in the snow which might help me.

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as in: found a trace of Define
a small quantity or indication (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: trace the origin or development Define
to find, search, research, or keep track of (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: trace a picture or outline Define
copy the lines of an image; or draw an outline; or carefully draw a specific pattern (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: traced a path Define
to follow (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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