He followed Hollis’s pink truck down a newly paved side street that sloped up precipitously, causing the Hearse’s worn-out engine to rev for its very life.
John Green -- An Abundance of Katherines
I realize, probably too late, that I wish to leave something of myself, a small service to Bedley Run, and not simply a respectable headstone, but after seeing the generic, forlorn closedness of the store, I feel precipitously insubstantial behind the wheel, like an apparition who has visited too long.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
And though it was warmer than it had been when they so precipitously left the apple orchard, there was a faintly autumnal touch to the air; near them were several small trees with reddened leaves very like sumac, and a big patch of goldenrod-like flowers.
Madeleine L’Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time
Another part that bothered me, though, was the strange quality of the event—the jolly athletic amour so obviously and exquisitely enjoyed, yet followed by the precipitous slide into rage, weeping and discontent.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I took it, deciding after one look down the precipitous decline that in spite of his age, he was likely steadier on his pins than I was.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
She swam out farther and paused where the floor dropped precipitously into deepest blue.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
Business began to suffer, at first gradually, then precipitously.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
Just a precipitous drop to the sea.
Scott Westerfeld -- Uglies
His weight fell precipitously.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
I recognise the characteristic outline of the Dolbenberg, a jagged comb, springing up precipitously from the limits of the forests.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
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Together we made our way down the precipitous slope and approached the body, black and clear against the silvered stones.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
In late evening he arrived at the edge of a precipitous ravine.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
The ascent is precipitous, but the path is cut into continual and short windings, which enable you to surmount the perpendicularity of the mountain.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
Mahipar—which means "Flying Fish"—was a high summit with a precipitous drop overlooking the hydro plant the Germans had built for Afghanistan back in 1967.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
He stayed there for ten days, until high winds forced him to seek refuge in a cave midway up the precipitous face of the bluff, where he remained for another ten days.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
At the top of the mountain, the road dropped precipitously and swung back and forth until it bottomed out into a long, narrow valley.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
Now she was racing headlong down a precipitous grade where any misplaced step could mean a deadly fall.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
The one in question was high and precipitous; its top flattened, as usual; but with one of its sides more than ordinarily irregular.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
I realised, too, that the car could climb no more, we had reached the summit, and below us stretched the way that we had come, precipitous and hollow.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
Where the river swung in against precipitous bluffs, he climbed the high mountains behind.
Jack London -- White Fang
The channel wound between precipitous banks, and slanting from one wall to the other across the valley ran a streak of green-the river and its fields.
Aldous Huxley -- Brave New World
She had not seen him since the day when she had alighted from his carriage so precipitously at Five Points.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
From a ridge some three hundred yards inland, the island sloped to the sea and, forty or so yards into it, fell off precipitously, disappearing from sight into the depths of the Pacific, surely the smallest continental shelf on record.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
"What is commonly thought of by the layman as the Angel of Death, when discussed at all with the patient’s family, should be presented to them as a small series of strokes compounding an already precipitous state of decline."
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
He rose from the bed and followed her into the vestibule, where they descended through the trapdoor and down the precipitous staircase that wound around the rough tree trunk.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
It terminated in bold and precipitous cliffs, which extended into the deep water, and rose abruptly so as to form an inaccessible wall of rock and crag.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
From a high in 1990, the crime rate went into precipitous decline.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
She peeped down the great rugged cliffs—the descent would be easy enough, as they were not precipitous, and the great boulders afforded plenty of foothold.
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
At around 20,000 feet, where the glacier emerged from the lower end of the Cum, it pitched abruptly over a precipitous dro .
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
Missy, seemingly satisfied with her daddy’s answers, never again raised the issue of the princess, even when one of their day hikes took them by some precipitous cliffs.
William P. Young -- The Shack
A little way up the hill, for instance, was a great heap of granite, bound together by masses of aluminium, a vast labyrinth of precipitous walls and crumpled heaps, amidst which were thick heaps of very beautiful pagoda-like plants—nettles possibly—but wonderfully tinted with brown about the leaves, and incapable of stinging.
H.G. Wells -- The Time Machine
Drawing to a stop at the edge of the precipitous mound of scree that ringed Helgrind, the priests gathered on either side of a rustcolored boulder with a polished top.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
Climbing the precipitous ascent, he laughed and chattered, but she was silent, seeming to brood over something.
D.H. Lawrence -- Sons and Lovers
In 1909, the duke of Abruzzi, one of the greatest climbers of his day, and perhaps his era’s most discerning connoisseur of precipitous landscapes, led an Italian expedition up the Baltoro for an unsuccessful attempt at K2.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
The effect was as when the light, vapory clouds, with their soft coloring, suddenly vanish from the stony brow of a precipitous mountain, and leave there the frown which you at once feel to be eternal.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
Their excitement was not his; he felt as if he’d moved too precipitously.
Junot Diaz -- Drown
Within a week after the receipt of this letter their little household fell precipitously to pieces.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- This Side of Paradise
The shallow groove carved by the stream ended at the top of a cliff that was the precipitous edge of the mountain.
Megan Whalen Turner -- The Thief
Whoever has heard the freshet-wave of a torrent suddenly swelled by pouring showers in tropical mountains, showers not shared by the plain; whoever has heard the first muffled murmur of its sloping advance through precipitous woods, may form some conception of the sound now heard.
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
I had fallen into a precipitous ravine, rocky and thorny, full of a hazy mist which drifted about me in wisps, and with a narrow streamlet from which this mist came meandering down the centre.
H.G. Wells -- The Island of Dr. Moreau
The mountains were more precipitous now than ever before.
Betty Mahmoody -- Not Without My Daughter
When thou hast crossed the ford, thou wilt take care of thy footing up the left bank, as it is somewhat precipitous; and the path, which hangs over the river, has lately, as I learn, (for I seldom leave the duties of my chapel,) given way in sundry places.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
The land was tolerably level for a few hundred feet, and then it rose precipitously in a mountainside.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Deerslayer
So precipitous was his move that he caught her off guard.
Milan Kundera -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
But they could not get a good view of it, because the precipitous bastion curved at the top, so that the base was not easily seen and the car disappeared as it came nearer.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
If Ramius were indeed a traitor, then Padorin stood condemned for gross misjudgment, but if Ramius had been an unknowing pawn, then Padorin along with Gorshkov had been duped into precipitous action.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
Because in middle youth he had often sat observing through a rondel of bossed glass of a multicoloured pane the spectacle offered with continual changes of the thoroughfare without, pedestrians, quadrupeds, velocipedes, vehicles, passing slowly, quickly, evenly, round and round and round the rim of a round and round precipitous globe.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
…left slope of the Apennine, which, the first from Monte Veso toward the east, has its proper course,—which is called Acquacheta up above, before it sinks valleyward into its low bed, and at Forli no longer has that name, —reverberates from the alp in falling with a single leap there above San Benedetto, where there ought to be shelter for a thousand; thus down from a precipitous bank we found that dark-tinted water resounding, so that in short while it would have hurt the ears.
Dante Alighieri -- Dante’s Inferno
Still he went on, for his mind was as utterly narrowed into that precipitous crevice of play as if he had been the most ignorant lounger there.
George Eliot -- Middlemarch
…a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression; and, acting upon this idea, I reined my horse to the precipitous brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled lustre by the dwelling, and gazed down—but with a shudder even more thrilling than before—upon the remodelled and inverted images of the gray sedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and…