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  • The slang term, "limey" to describe someone who is British, arose because of the British navy’s use of limes to prevent scurvy.
  • "The scurvy," Nathan interjected, "she means she’d had the scurvy, which was cured as soon as the Russians took over—"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • No fear of scurvy or ship fever this voyage.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It was a scurvy trick.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Evidence unearthed by the forty-odd expeditions sent to search for them eventually established that all had perished, the victims of scurvy, starvation, and unspeakable suffering.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Nay, but he prated, And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms Against your honor, That, with the little godliness I have, I did full hard forbear him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • They would shave off her hair, feed her on a scanty allowance of rice, treat her with contempt; she would be looked upon as an unclean creature, and would die in some corner, like a scurvy dog.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Get back, you scurvy braggart!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • You know that was a kind of scurvy trick to play on a sister.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It was the cleanest image of war I had ever seen; even the Air Force, reputedly so high above the infantry’s mud, was stained with axle grease by comparison, and the Navy was vulnerable to scurvy.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • Come back, you scurvy dog!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • When I was a kid in high school I cut out vitamin C, I got scurvy.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Do you hear them raising their voices about the chain gangs, the slave camps, the fourteen-hour workday and the mortality from scurvy in the People’s States of Europe?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The rest of you scurvy bunch o’ lubbers’d do well to follow his lead.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Get thee glass eyes; And, like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • I shall no more to sea, to sea, Here shall I die a-shore:— This is a very scurvy tune to sing at a man’s funeral: Well, here’s my comfort.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • The governor never failed of procuring us two or three goats a day for our sick men; by which, with the help of the greens, and the wholesome air, they recovered very soon of the scurvy; so that Captain Dover and I thought it a very agreeable seat, the weather being neither too hot nor too cold.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He had before served me a scurvy trick, which set the queen alaughing, although at the same time she was heartily vexed, and would have immediately cashiered him, if I had not been so generous as to intercede.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • And all cried out upon it for a very scurvy word.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He smiled ingenuously, revealing the gaps in his teeth, the result of a touch of scurvy at Ust-Izhma in 1943.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • "You are a stupid, scurvy innkeeper," said Don Quixote, and putting spurs to Rocinante and bringing his pike to the slope he rode out of the inn before anyone could stop him, and pushed on some distance without looking to see if his squire was following him.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was amazing we’d even made it past grade school without getting scurvy.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • But whether this scurvy ruffian be thy father or no, ’tis all one, he shall not have thee to beat thee and abuse, according to his threat, so thou prefer to bide with me.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • These "majority truths" are like last year’s cured meat—like rancid, tainted ham; and they are the origin of the moral scurvy that is rampant in our communities.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • And I think some words that Ginger has scattered among the Dwarfs are chiefly to blame for the scurvy return they made you.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • Those who remembered his gums that had been destroyed by scurvy, his flaccid cheeks, and his withered lips trembled with fear at the final proof of the gypsy’s supernatural power.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • But yesternight, my lord, she and that friar, I saw them at the prison: a saucy friar, A very scurvy fellow.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • As I understand it, that was a valid objection urged by Momus against the house which Minerva made, that she "had not made it movable, by which means a bad neighborhood might be avoided"; and it may still be urged, for our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them; and the bad neighborhood to be avoided is our own scurvy selves.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • My Aunt Pauline had given my mother three lemons, worth their weight in gold, as she said it was well known they were good against the scurvy; and these I carefully preserved in case of need.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Oh, sir, the loftiest hopes on earth Draw lots with meaner hopes: heroic breasts, Breathing bad air, ran risk of pestilence; Or, lacking lime-juice when they cross the Line, May languish with the scurvy.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called ELIMINATION OF UNRELIABLE ELEMENTS.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • And here we shall need only to resort to what happened the preceding day, when, hearing from Lady Bellaston that Mr Western was arrived in town, she went to pay her duty to him, at his lodgings at Piccadilly, where she was received with many scurvy compellations too coarse to be repeated, and was even threatened to be kicked out of doors.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Men in their ranks were dying of scurvy.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Well, thou hast a son shall take this disgrace off me; scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord!
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • He looked closely at their eyes for signs of jaundice or scurvy, and checked heads for lice.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Ods precious, this is scurvy, ’tis very scurvy: and you are— MOS: Nay, good, sir.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • I’d never hev stood for thet scurvy trick.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Tuberculosis, pellagra, kwashiorkor, gastro-enteritis, and scurvy bring death and destruction of health.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • I scorn you, scurvy companion.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • That dissembling abominable varlet, Diomed, has got that same scurvy, doting, foolish young knave in his helm.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • There’s a lot of scurvy about.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • It had played him a scurvy trick when it fashioned him into the thing he was, and it had played him scurvy tricks ever since.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • "Is not my election to this office in the scurvy manner in which it was done a curse rather than a blessing?" he asked Benjamin Rush in a letter charged with disgust.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Storms and scurvy managed to destroy or discourage every vessel in this armada except the game little Disgruntled, which showed up off the coast of California about a year later.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • You jack’nape; give-a dis letter to Sir Hugh; by gar, it is a shallenge: I will cut his troat in de Park; and I will teach a scurvy jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Scurvy was common.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Scurvy knave!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • ] ’Youth, whatsoever thou art, thou art but a scurvy fellow.’
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • He was driving a string of choice goats for the evening meal, with two goatherds beside him; and no sooner had he laid eyes upon the wayfarers than he began to growl and taunt them both so grossly that Odysseus’ heart grew hot: "Here comes one scurvy type leading another!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Scurvy trick that ’d been," muttered Bland.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
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