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as in: wallow happily in the mud Define
to relax -- especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water or more rarely: a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
  • The pigs wallowed in the large mud puddle.
  • The hippo wallowed in the muddy water.

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  • Audience much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to swim away with a helicopter after him, first you saw him wallowing along in the water like a porpoise, then you saw him through the helicopters gunsights, then he was full of holes and the sea round him turned pink and he sank as suddenly as though the holes had let in the water, audience shouting with laughter when he sank.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • People caught hookworms going barefooted in barnyards and hog wallows.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He would like to have a bath, a proper wallow with soap.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Don’t think I’m only a brute in an officer’s uniform, wallowing in dirt and drink.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • It was an enormous bottomless trough in which the hogs could swill and wallow.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They wallow in your good chairs and think to themselves, "Hang exertion."
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Of course it was too freaking peaceful to last, right? I mean, there was no way I was going to wallow in serenity for more than two seconds, right?
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • "A Hot Steam’s somebody who can’t get to heaven, just wallows around on lonesome roads an’ if you walk through him, when you die you’ll be one too, an’ you’ll go around at night suckin’ people’s breath-"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • In the open space around the depot, the soft ground had been cut and churned by the constant flow of traffic in and out until it resembled an enormous hog wallow, and here and there vehicles were mired to the hubs in the ruts.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He continued wallowing calmly in the chair .
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Now secure, she wanted to dance, to play, to riot, to gorge on foods and fine wine, to deck herself in silks and satins, to wallow on soft feather beds and fine upholstery.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
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as in: wallow in self-pity Define
to indulge in an emotion or situation (This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
  • Don’t wallow in your sorrows.
  • They upgraded our room and we wallowed in luxury.

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  • But they don’t have to go to the courthouse and wallow in it-
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked so easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Driving west out of Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I have seen them, Conrade, in the visions of the night—their sainted eyes shed tears for the sins and follies of their brethren, and for the foul and shameful luxury in which they wallow.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • You’re wallowing in your own despair, you fool!
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • All of his life he had squandered his choices, wallowing in revenge and self-pity, keeping himself down.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • I wallowed in words. There was no end to them.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • They would much rather be tragically misunderstood, wallow in self-pity, stew in their own —
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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as in: a wagon wallowed through the mud Define
to move with difficulty; or perhaps just to move through water or in a rolling/wave-like manner
  • The tractor wallowed through the mud.
  • We made poor time as we wallowed through the mud.

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  • There seemed to be just as many vehicles wallowing in the mud holes as there had been then, except that there were no Confederate ambulances,
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But the fish did not come. Instead he lay there wallowing now in the seas and the old man pulled the skiff up onto him.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • As the snow softened in the afternoon sun, the hoofs of our yaks punched through the frozen crust, and the beasts wallowed to their bellies.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The Ginnie Paul wallowed like the broad-beamed matron she was.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The heavy load of supplies caused the skiff to wallow through the waves.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • The wind had risen some and the old vessel wallowed from wave crest to trough with every swell.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • For the past eight days we had fished the shelf of the Equatorial Shallows; a crew of two, casting and pulling nets, wading knee-deep through stinking fish and crunching trilobites, wallowing over every wave, casting and pulling nets, keeping watch, and sleeping like exhausted children during our brief rest periods.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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  • And behind that was another fenced space where enormous hogs rolled in a wallow of mud, like giant babies at play.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Outside, the building was picturesque; inside, Phil wrote, itlooked "like a dozen dirty Missouri pigs have been wallowing on it."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • Meanwhile, the president passes the rest of the day wallowing in grief, making no attempt to hide his depression from the White House staff.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The Myraham was a wallowing tub, if truth be told, and he would not care to be aboard her in a storm.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Silver tongs and spoons hanging from the cart chime and clank, and the wheels clatter and wallow.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I sometimes do this too, wallowing among the pages of colored paper, surrounded by the fuggy scent of boys.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I wallowed in bed, which was our New York bed in our new house, which we still called the new house, even though we’d been back here for two years.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He went down, yelling and pitching and wallowing.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • I made myself a promise: I’m not going to wallow or walk around moaning, "Woe is me!"
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • WALLEN; A.S. WALW-IAN, to roll, to wallow.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • I do not snivel that snivel the world over, That months are vacuums and the ground but wallow and filth.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I came upon a boiler wallowing in the grass, then found a path leading up the hill.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Oh, how simple it would all have been had I been here before they came like a herd of buffalo and wallowed all over it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Snatches of competing songs came from the bathroom mixed with the sound of splashing and wallowing.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • This caused the plane to slow dramatically and almost seem to stop and wallow in the air.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • He was wallowing in blackness and far away the telephone bell was ringing with nobody there to answer it.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • Wallowing in homesickness, one afternoon I tried to write a letter to Mom and Dad, unsure how I would get it into the mail.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • A yellow fog lay wallowing on the treetops.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • The regiment slid down a bank and wallowed across a little stream.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • She turned round and round in it, embracing it, wallowing in it.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Artists like—well, like Fernand don’t seem to have to wallow in alcohol.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • She could imagine very well sitting on that front deck some summer evening, drinking a cold one, and wallowing in the silence.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • If she hadn’t been wallowing in As it was, Eve scowled, asked herself why she’d had to pull over at just this spot.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Wherever she could reach she touched, she tasted, wallowing in pleasure each time she heard his breath tremble.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • You just want to wallow in it all by yourself and let the booze do the thinking.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • And the awful part is that he wallows in it.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He stamped them into the snow under him in the wallowing struggle.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He had broken through the melting snow crust, and wallowed, while the snowshoe rabbits had skimmed along on top lightly as ever.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I’m quite fond of this world, though it wallows in an age of darkness.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • "The Clinki" the other MetaCop says, turning around, sneering at her through the antiballistic glass, wallowing in power.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The last thing I wanted was for him to go wallow in remorse.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • He never told her how often he had seen the other men figuratively wallowing in it as she went about things in the store.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Into the spring, Mortenson wallowed in his depression.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Confronted with the immediate needs of a five-year-old child with third-degree burns across half her torso, it was impossible to wallow in self-pity.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • And Mr William Archer himself disowns me because I "cannot touch pitch without wallowing in it".
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • The cabin was small, to begin with, and to move around, as I was compelled to, was not made easier by the schooner’s violent pitching and wallowing.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • So thence did he seek to the folk of the South-Danes O’er the waves’ wallow, to the Scyldings be-worshipped.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • As if I gorged myself upon my earnings, as if I drank them, wallowed in the streets.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • But you’ve been in a wallow of self-absorption and despair all winter, and no one could blame you.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • as the grandfather bird took off again with another of Mau’s boiled fish in its beak, making the canoe wallow for a moment.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • The water grew rougher as they approached the open sea, and their icebreaker escort began to wallow on the swells.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • I should just let her wallow in her discomfort, force her to snub me, but I’m not about to let them get the best of me.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • There wasn’t much grass in the yard, and a half dozen hens wallowed and fluffed and cuck-cucked in the dust under the magnolia trees.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Now, years later, I know that it is both necessary and human for us to wallow, each in our own way, in grief.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • It’s off to the cinemas, our First Communion boys run to wallow in the filth spewed across the world by the devil’s henchmen in Hollywood.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • But Sir Beaumains had no rest, but wallowed and writhed for the love of the lady of the castle.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • There was the teasing and impossible desire to imitate the petty pride of sparrows wallowing and flouncing in the red dust of country roads.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Even pigs won’t wallow in their own dirt.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • He wallowed into the ground and lay watching across his forearm.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Silently, wallowing in the pleasures of conspiracy, we take the bead purse from its secret place and spill its contents on the scrap quilt.
    Truman Capote  --  A Christmas Memory
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