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  • They could not get past the naval blockade.
  • The Yankee blockade about the Confederate ports had tightened, and luxuries such as tea, coffee, silks, whalebone stays, colognes, fashion magazines and books were scarce and dear.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Through the broken doorway was a fallen tower of trunks and dressers; a failed blockade.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • "He left for Boston before the blockade," the pastor said.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains

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  • The police had actually blockaded the street, and the crowd outside the hotel was growing quickly.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • They were nothing, compared to the blockade I can impose.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A skilled strategist like Sharmak could have blockaded us out here on this barren, stony point, and we’d have needed to kill a lot of guys to get out.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • White neighborhoods in Baltimore blockaded their streets, attempting to confine the damage of the Riots to its poorer, darker jurisdictions.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • To them I am only Adah or, to my sisters sometimes, the drear monosyllabic Ade, lemonade, Band-Aid, frayed blockade, switchblade renegade, call a spade a spade.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • But if we don’t blockade the rivers from those boats, guarding the bridges and tunnels will be pointless.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian

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  • The barricade will probably be blockaded, all the streets will be guarded, and you will not be able to get out.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your interests were the same as his.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • They wanted to be taken to a Spanish port, if not to Cadiz, then to the Bay of Vigo, located on Spain’s northwest coast and not blockaded.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • First you had to visit neighbours, listen to their troubles and complaints, and thus find out what was going on in the city today: were there raids, had they heard of any blockades, was Chlodna Street guarded?
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • While the Irgun engaged in terror—blowing up trains, attacking police stations, cutting communications lines—the Haganah continued smuggling Jews through the British naval blockade in defiance of the British Colonial Office, which had sealed Palestine off to further Jewish immigration.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • It did not appear to be the duty of these two men to know what was occurring at the center of the bridge; they merely blockaded the two ends of the foot planking that traversed it.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • The Enemy, true to His barbarous methods of warfare, allows us to see the short misery of His favourites only to tantalise and torment us—to mock the incessant hunger which, during this present phase of the great conflict, His blockade is admittedly imposing.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • All day and all night it snowed, and the city began to suffer from a general blockade of traffic.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • As for himself, he had never seen the blockade so complete; he heard his stomach sounding a parley, and he considered it very much out of place that evil destiny should capture his philosophy by famine.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I could not venture to attack with insufficient force a monstrous and formidable serpent concealed in dense thickets amidst dangerous swamps; yet it was dreadful to live in a state of blockade, cut off from all the important duties in which we were engaged, and shut up with our animals in the unnatural light of the cave, enduring constant anxiety and perturbation.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • For similar reasons I made no allusion to the skirmishing plates upon the floor; or to the disreputable appearance of the castors, which were all at sixes and sevens, and looked drunk; or to the further blockade of Traddles by wandering vegetable dishes and jugs.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Simon Wheeler backed me into a corner and blockaded me there with his chair, and then sat down and reeled off the monotonous narrative which follows this paragraph.
    Mark Twain  --  The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • The women—our mothers-in-law and the others—put up even greater blockades against us.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Lamar, in the company of other prominent military and civilian officers of the Confederacy, was on board a blockade runner making for Savannah harbor.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • "Blockade," the president said, "an ugly word."
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • A moment later, a second officer arrived and escorted me past the blockade.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • No success rewarded this little blockade, however, neither appearance nor sound denoting the passage of the canoe.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • I have had letters from seamen who read it as they were lying in our blockade squadrons off the mouths of Southern harbors.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • "Almost always about men going to attack her, men she knew or men on the street—anybody—" He told of their alarm and distress, of the horrors families go through under such circumstances, of the ineffectual efforts they had made in America, finally of the faith in a change of scene that had made him run the submarine blockade and bring his daughter to Switzerland.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Most of their own refineries had been destroyed during the fighting, so both nations had come to rely on imported oil, and routinely tried to blockade or damage any ships bringing oil to their enemy via the Straight of Hormuz.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He said, "Mrs. Washington was unwilling to leave me surrounded by the malignant fever which prevailed, I could not think of hazarding her and the Children any longer by my continuance in the city, the house in which we lived being, in a manner, blockaded, by the disorder."
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • Dying Earth III introduced the characters of Winona, the escaped slave girl who rose to the ownership of her own fiberplastic plantation (never mind that fiberplastic never grew on Old Earth), Arturo Redgrave, the dashing blockade runner (what blockade?!), and Innocence Sperry, the nine-year-old telepath dying of an unspecified Little Nell disease.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The U. S. is putting up a naval blockade.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • To attempt to run the blockade of that trail by day would be fatal.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • I blockaded the door and locked us in the bathroom.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Sometimes she would blockade the door; he would bang and bang, unable to stop himself.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • When he is done, the door might as well be locked, so perfect is his blockade.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • "The trolls will almost certainly have blockaded the harbor," said Aven.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Promise me to raise the blockade—to set Madame de Cintre at liberty—and I will retire instantly.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • We could not enforce the decisive blockade or interruption which is possible from surface vessels.
    Winston Churchill  --  Their Finest Hour
  • You’ve done so in spite of threats—the Soviet attempts to impose the East-mark, the blockade.
    Ronald Reagan  --  Tear Down This Wall Speech
  • That was before the blockade.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Mark Resner eyed her from where he stood by a large wall map, working with two detectives on plotting a network of blockades.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Given this development and the events this evening, I want you to leave for Blys at once—before Prusias can blockade our shores.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The third is a naval blockade of Cuban waters, preventing the Soviet ships carrying nuclear warheads from reaching the missiles.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Look at us here-we sat it out through the famine and the White blockade, we didn’t flinch-so here we are, safe and sound.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • During the Civil War, as Atlanta smoldered, Root’s father had smuggled him to Liverpool, England, aboard a Confederate blockade-runner.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Attolia blockaded the island with her own navy and waited.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • To cut off the escape of those who might survive, and to prevent more of them coming up, Dain Waris was ordered by Doramin to take an armed party of Bugis down the river to a certain spot ten miles below Patusan, and there form a camp on the shore and blockade the stream with the canoes.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Then, on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8, Philadelphia heard the muffled but unmistakable thunder of cannon from thirty miles down the Delaware, as two heavily armed British ships, the frigate Roebuck and sloop-of-war Liverpool, tried to run the river defenses, a blockade of armed gondolas.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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