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I spent the night in a culvert beneath the road.
  a pipe or other enclosed channel that carries runoff water beneath a road, railroad, or sidewalk
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  • I spent the night in a culvert beneath the road.
  • police found her hiding in a culvert
  • In the gray starlight she could see the embankment and the black round hole of the culvert where she always left Tom’s food.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • She went to the culvert at the entrance to the driveway and snipped the sturdier grass growing at its two mouths.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • Drains and culverts — I put two and two together and hoped for the best.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • They slosh through the culverts in their rubber boots and swing from trees and from the lower beams of the bridge.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He has slept on the ground; in a sewage culvert, curled up with other migrants; on top of gravestones.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • He surfaced near where we stood on the edge of the culvert.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • There were many creeks in this mountainous region, and it was necessary to cross Muddy Creek, Green Creek, and others, upon culverts.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Your bridge will carry four trains at once, stand three hundred years and cost you less than your cheapest culvert.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • Unable to bear their gazes, Roran turned his back on them and gestured at the culvert that ran beneath the road.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • As I drew nearer I perceived he was dressed in clothes as dusty and filthy as my own; he looked, indeed, as though he had been dragged through a culvert.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The driver and the two men who had been with him were running toward a culvert.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Beneath it by a wide culvert the Deeping-stream passed out.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • He eased his feet in, holding the fluted steel edge of the culvert with both hands.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Everyone, I guess, who is not abnormal has foregathered with little girls in some dim leafy place, in the bottom of a manger, under a willow, in a culvert under a road—or at least has dreamed of doing so.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • One might even, in that prison, precisely at the spot where the sewer which served the unprecedented escape, in broad daylight, of thirty prisoners, in 1843, passes under the CHAPTER X. TARIFF OF LICENSED CABS: TWO FRANCS AN HOUR culvert, read his name, PANCHAUD, audaciously carved by his own hand on the wall of the sewer, during one of his attempts at flight.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Meanwhile he had cowered in a ditch with his head in a culvert and caught the shrapnel in his side.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Tom Stark, a sophomore, had made quarterback on the mythical All Southern Eleven and had celebrated by wrapping an expensive yellow sport job around a culvert on one of the numerous new speedways which bore his father’s name.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • A stream golloped through a concrete culvert beneath the road.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The water was now high in the streams, squirting through the weirs, and tinkling under culverts; the smallest gullies were all full; there was no taking short cuts anywhere, and foot-passengers were compelled to follow the permanent ways.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He paddled along swiftly till he came to a culvert, and dropped behind it, his chin on a level with the coping-stone.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • It had always been my custom to stand when in his presence; even at the council board, except upon those rare occasions when the sitting was a very long one, extending over hours; then I had a trifling little backless thing which was like a reversed culvert and was as comfortable as the toothache.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • With Baig leading the way, Mortenson and McCown inspected the newly laid pipes carrying water down a steep culvert from a mountain stream to the north of the valley, and ceremonially switched on the small generator the water turned, enough to break the monotony of darkness a few hours each evening for the few dozen homes in Zuudkhan where newly wired light fixtures dangled from the ceiling.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • A temporary dam of branches in one culvert caused the water to back and deepen.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Sucking out of an iron culvert into a pool.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • The cart track crossed by a brick culvert and climbed the opposite slope to a five-barred gate in the thorn hedge.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • They are easy to spot, unless the crossers used a branch to sweep the earth behind them, as some do, or sneaked through the occasional drainage culvert.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Had the girls ridden here more recently, they would have known that the slope they were climbing had, since late summer, run with water from a leaking culvert.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • As I was building it, I installed a forty-eight-inch culvert through it at the lowest spot, and then put a weir, or gate, across it to control the water depth.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • Late one morning as Shiva and I sat on the culvert by the side of Missing’s hill, a frail, barefoot girl, no older than twelve, came stiff-legged up the hill.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Culvert’s out, beyond the grove.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Why they don’t repair that culvert—And don’t be a booze-hoister like me, either.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Hazel caught him up by the culvert.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • They ran over the culvert.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • In a ditch, where a culvert went under the road, an old touring car was pulled off the highway and a little tent was pitched beside it, and smoke came out of a stove pipe through the tent.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • In the pass that the Seperchia cut between the Hephestial Mountains and the coastal range, the streams were forced into narrow ditches and crossed the roadway there in stone-sided culverts.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • They mined it at night, they stored it in hidden culverts, they were paid in cash, with no questions asked or answered.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She carried the milk to the front steps, and on her way back to the culvert she gave the mower another tug.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Orcs had crept like rats through the culvert through which the stream flowed out.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • This is more like Mahbub,’ thought Kim, as the beast shied at the little head above the culvert.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Enrique crawls into a three-foot-wide concrete culvert, one of several in a field north of the station.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The horse was reined back almost on its haunches, and forced towards the culvert.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Before, when he made it this far, he spent the night curled up in the culvert with other migrants.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • There was for a while a lull in the assault, since the attempt to break in through the culvert had been foiled.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Outside the culvert where Enrique hides, trains clang and crash as they add and subtract cars, forming trains that are nearly a mile long.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • They have crept in the culvert again, while we talked, and they have lit the fire of Orthanc beneath our feet.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • They gathered such small boulders and broken stones as they could find to hand, and under Gimli’s direction the Westfold-men blocked up the inner end of the culvert, until only a narrow outlet remained.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Not far from here an old drainage culvert empties into the channel.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Well out from either bank stood four low arches—scarcely more than culverts, each filled by the stream to within a foot of the apex.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
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