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These were men who had built up wealth and social status over long careers and now found themselves looking into the abyss. [of the 1987 stock market crash]
Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  a gorge so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply a frightening bottomless pit
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  • These were men who had built up wealth and social status over long careers and now found themselves looking into the abyss. [of the 1987 stock market crash]
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  • The nerve-grinding squeal of the spike cutting through the ground sent a shiver up Thomas’s spine, though a second later the Griever tumbled into the abyss.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • One of Helene’s men sends a mace whistling toward his head, and he is soon locked in another battle, jabbing and lunging as if he hadn’t been perched on the edge of the abyss a minute before.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I close my eyes and feel myself letting go, like tipping over the edge of an abyss, darkness rising up to carry me away….
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall

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  • Despair sucked at him, an empty, yawning void that threatened to pull him down into an awful abyss.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Risa plunges with the rest of the band into the smoky abyss, and in that instant all she can think of is Connor, and how the band never got to finish playing his farewell anthem.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • He was barely on the edge of consciousness, felt himself slipping in and out of an abyss that wanted to swallow him.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • The child born with this blood in him will exceed in power the Greater Demons of the abysses between the worlds.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Mark rolled onto his stomach and inched his body over the lip of the opening, lowering his feet into the abyss while he held on to the edge.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • The white world beneath me shines like pearls, a blank canvas, an alabaster abyss.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • Mae was baffled, and found her mood sinking into the same sort of abyss in which she’d spent the last few years.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • In prison, for the first time, I understood that faith could help people see beyond themselves, not into the abyss but into the street, into the mix, to offer what was best about themselves to others.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The smell is awful, and I feel as though I am underwater again, my eyes closed, holding my breath, gliding in the abyss, and I try my best to move, in my own measured crawl, my only flying.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I’d been half-jokingly telling myself I was nuts for years, but with everything that had happened over the late spring and summer, beginning with Sarah’s release from jail and subsequent return, I’d found myself falling deeper and deeper into a mental abyss.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • He had watched James Cameron’s Ghosts of the Abyss, a documentary about the director’s journey twelve thousand feet down to visit the wreck of the Titanic.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The toilet is an abyss.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "I’m here to drag you out of your social abyss."
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Released one by one into the smoggy abyss, they were more than I had hoped for, fulfilling every buried, infantile desire to float balloons to the uttermost boundaries of the earth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Between us and them is a gulf, an abyss, that goes down and down.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Annabeth herself had just come back from the eternal abyss of Tartarus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • And when I, by my botched escape attempt, had led him straight back to the edge of the abyss, he had set a sure and certain foot on a very narrow tightrope, and walked it to the other side.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There were no barriers lining the staircase, and on more than one occasion I caught glimpses of a black abyss beyond it, extending for….
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • There’s only a double abyss: between painter and imprisoned bird; between the record he left of the bird and our experience of it, centuries later.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • His foot dislodges a pebble and it falls into the abyss, apparently gone forever.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • She did not feel the abyss opening beneath her feet at the thought of lies becoming truths.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "Gale?" I call into the abyss, heedless of being recognized.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The immediate contingency overtook him, pulled him back from the edge of the theoretical abyss.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He held his pants out into an abyss and let them fall into darkness.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • She felt as if the world were tilting and she was clinging on helplessly, trying to keep from tumbling into a black abyss.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • This way lies the abyss.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He’d showed us the depth of what we must achieve, guided us to the brink of the forthcoming unknown abyss of BUD/S.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Early on a difficult climb, especially a difficult solo climb, you constantly feel the abyss pulling at your back.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • You have not helped her to find the way of truth, my dear sir, but have thrust her into an abyss of deceit and misery.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There is an abyss beyond life where magic means nothing.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • You may fancy a glimpse of the abyss where I grovelled!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was sickening, like a nightmare, in which suddenly something gives way beneath you, and you feel yourself sinking, sinking, down into bottomless abysses.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I feel as if I were walking on the edge of a precipice, towards which thousands are crowding and endeavouring to plunge me into the abyss.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Only when Jack himself roused a gaudy bird from a primitive nest of sticks was the silence shattered and echoes set ringing by a harsh cry that seemed to come out of the abyss of ages.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • We ran down a marble tunnel, then dashed to the left and almost fell into an abyss.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Roark’s words were like the steps of a man walking a tightwire, slow, strained, groping for the only right spot, quivering over an abyss, but precise.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It sent me tumbling through my own abyss of sorts, trying to salvage what I could of my feelings and emotions, which would be scattered to the winds as she talked.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • We could not see our body nor feel it, and in that moment nothing existed save our two hands over a wire glowing in a black abyss.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • Together we can step back from this abyss.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • PUTNAM—at the moment he is intent upon getting Parris, for whom he has only contempt, to move toward the abyss: Mr. Parris, I have taken your part in all contention here, and I would continue; but I cannot if you hold back in this.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • She was thrown off Dylan’s back and hit the railing, tumbling over the side until she was hanging by one hand over the abyss.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I scryed both Murtagh and the Twins, and saw naught but the shadows of the abyss.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The dagger should’ve impaled me in the chest, but somehow I deflected it with my blade and sent it sailing into the abyss.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • He did not return that night nor the next and so she plunged into the abyss and descended to the ninth darkness where light has never been.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • With every groan of the wheels on the rail, we felt that an abyss was about to open beneath our bodies.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
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