Five fortysomething women, all in capri pants, like they were rehearsing a dance show: two of them—slender and blond and tanned—vying for the lead, the others cheerfully resigned to second string.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
The new crop of sophomore girls fretted endlessly about what everyone else thought of them and how best to fit in as they vied for a higher place in the pecking order.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
There were too many things to be terrified of, a hundred horror scenarios all vying for attention in my brain.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
She was the one torn between two men vying for her love.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Choice
Money and favors were bartered as everyone vied for a time that suited them.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
Life and wife, Vie and Mari.
Ernest Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls
"I feel like there’s always a third person vying for your attention."
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
Rage and disgust fought in my throat, vying for the right to make me throw up.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
"Anyway," Chaol added, jerking his chin at Dorian, "I think you have far more attractive suitors vying for your attention.
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
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Vie got to sit in the cafeteria all afternoon and play games with erasers on our heads.
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
Here, horse-drawn wagons and pedestrians vied for space, but were at least moving along slowly.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
We vied for our father’s attention, but we knew our sister, Pesza, was really his favorite.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
…and say something crass, to spoil it, but he doesn’t, and neither does Bernd, maybe they don’t see her at all, maybe this one pure thing will escape their defilement, and the girl sings as she swings, a high song that Werner recognizes, a counting song that girls jumping rope in the alley behind Children’s House used to sing, Eins, zwei, Polizei, drei, vier, Offizier, and how he would like to join her, push her higher and higher, singfiinf; sechs, alte Hex, sieben, acht, gute Nacht!
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
After a few minutes of standing in the kitchen, vying for the title of most uncomfortable, she asked if anyone was home and if I wanted to go into my bedroom.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
As Prim tucks me into bed, he hops up on my pillow, vying for her attention.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
The horses of the Nine cannot vie with him; tireless, swift as the flowing wind.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
There was much pushing and shoving as the meerkats behind vied to reach the pond’s edge.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
In really bad times, the hungriest would gather at his door at nightfall, vying for the chance to earn a few coins to feed their families by selling their bodies.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
Yes, but so were many of the men who vied for her attention.
Frank Beddor -- The Looking Glass Wars
The Syrian brothers vied for her attention as she sang the heavy blues that Bailey and I almost understood.
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Helene’s box was filled and surrounded from the stalls by the most distinguished and intellectual men, who seemed to vie with one another in their wish to let everyone see that they knew her.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
The music had started up, and half a block away you could hear the dull "broom, broom" of a cello, with the squeaking of two fiddles which vied with each other in intricate and altitudinous gymnastics.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
The Vengeance and Jacques Three vied with each other in their fervent protestations that she was the most admirable and marvellous of witnesses.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
Our kind host greeted them most warmly, and he and his officers vied with one another in doing us honour.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
He took refuge in his Neighbourhood Association shelter and from there vied hard to get medical aid.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
The beanstalks twisted around the sapling teepees he’d built for them, and then they wavered higher and higher like ladies’ voices in the choir, each one vying for the top.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
I could not hear what he set forth to them, but he had not staid there long with them, when each ran vying back within.
Dante Alighieri -- Dante’s Inferno
Suddenly the beast extended its arms, or rather legs, and inclosed him in a grasp that might have vied with the far-famed power of the "bear’s hug" itself.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
The undefeated Athens United Valiants, who had beaten the Fugees following Luma’s arrest, were a shoo-in to win the division, but the Fugees and Lawrenceville were both among a cluster of teams with similar records and point totals that were vying for the remaining slots at the top of the rankings.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
But then, c’est la vie, fads come and go.
Ken Kesey -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
No one vies in honor with him who holds authority from Zeus.
Homer -- The Iliad
Inspired by Fred and George’s example, a great number of students were now vying for the newly vacant positions of Troublemakers-in-Chief.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
He had his Musketeers therefore, as Louis XIII had his, and these two powerful rivals vied with each other in procuring, not only from all the provinces of France, but even from all foreign states, the most celebrated swordsmen.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
Each one vied with the rest in saluting her as Madame la Baronne.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Each man vied with the other in thrusting his head over his neighbor’s shoulder.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
They entered a very plain house, for the door was only of silver, and the ceilings were only of gold, but wrought in so elegant a taste as to vie with the richest.
Voltaire -- Candide
Poor you, you have two cute girls vying for your love.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Glass
My hat (which had served me for a night-cap, too) was so crushed and bent, that no old battered handleless saucepan on a dunghill need have been ashamed to vie with it.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
Why, then the maid is mine from all the world, By your firm promise; Gremio is out-vied.
William Shakespeare -- The Taming of the Shrew
Now their ultimate ambition was to be in close touch with the Gestapo, to be useful to Gestapo officers, parade down the street with them, show off their knowledge of the German language and vie with their masters in the harshness of their dealings with the Jewish population.
Wladyslaw Szpilman -- The Pianist
Poor child, he had even to suffer the behaviour of his elders, who stared-those who had not seen him before-and nudged each other and whispered and rustled, while those who had vied with each other to be the first to enlighten them.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
Had there been a Papist among the crowd of Puritans, he might have seen in this beautiful woman, so picturesque in her attire and mien, and with the infant at her bosom, an object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity, which so many illustrious painters have vied with one another to represent; something which should remind him, indeed, but only by contrast, of that sacred image of sinless motherhood, whose infant was to redeem the world.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
"Herr Doktor," I called, feeling like someone in a mo vie.
Don DeLillo -- White Noise
Then, becoming bolder, they ventured a little way in: to where sycamore vied with tulip-wood, and the cassias dug their quinine-producing roots deep into the fertile soil.
James Vance Marshall -- Walkabout
In both countries, political struggles accompanied independence, old and new elites vying for control of the state.
Tracy Kidder -- Strength in What Remains
You have been an improver yourself, and from what I hear of Everingham, it may vie with any place in England.
Jane Austen -- Mansfield Park
Column space in most newspapers was extremely limited, and hundreds of columnists were vying for those few spots.
Nicholas Sparks -- Message in a Bottle
About two-thirds of the way along the Faubourg Saint-Honore, and in the rear of one of the most imposing mansions in this rich neighborhood, where the various houses vie with each other for elegance of design and magnificence of construction, extended a large garden, where the wide-spreading chestnut-trees raised their heads high above the walls in a solid rampart, and with the coming of every spring scattered a shower of delicate pink and white blossoms into the large stone vases that…
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun, she said; and behold the Shadow has departed! I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying.