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She seized the lead in the final furlong and never looked back.
  a unit of length equal to 220 yards (1/8 of a mile)
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Today the term furlong is most commonly used in horse racing.
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  • She seized the lead in the final furlong and never looked back.
  • And then, as they reached the final furlong, my yelling began to die away.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • They galloped their ponies over the last furlongs, and halted under the long shadows of the trees.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • How many furlongs it is.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • His tormented body rolled not in brine but in blood, which bubbled and seethed for furlongs behind in their wake.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • That the mother and father, unknown to one another, were dwelling within so many miles, furlongs, yards if you like, of one another.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Thus leisurely I hastened on my road; Much thought extends a furlong to a league.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground; long heath, brown furze, any thing.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • At first King of Pain was far in the lead and I Got the Hungries was some twelve furlongs back.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • We followed him out to the tap, which was about a furlong away.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve

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  • I walked about a furlong to see if I could find any fresh water, which I did, to my great joy: and taking a quid of tobacco to prevent hunger, I got up into a thick bushy tree, and seating myself so that I could not fall, a deep sleep overtook me, and for that night buried my sorrows in a quiet repose.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The eaves of the forest were very near, probably no more than three furlongs away, but they could go no further.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • And so, in a day’s riding or a little more, he shall come to the head of a stony valley, which is so narrow that a man might be within a furlong of it a thousand times and never know that it was there.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Alas, said King Arthur, this is a great mischief, I had liefer than the best realm that I have that I had been a furlong way to-fore him for to have rescued that lady.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Now the main retreat was scarcely two furlongs distant.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Alas, said King Arthur, this is a great mischief, I had liefer than the best realm that I have that I had been a furlong way to-fore him for to have rescued that lady.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Our praises are our wages; you may ride ’s With one soft kiss a thousand furlongs ere With spur we heat an acre.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • We looked down the whole vista, and saw it closed by iron gates, and it could not have been more than a furlong in length.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • First, jockeys must have an exquisitely fine sense of pace over each furlong, or eighth of a mile.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • A private wireless telegraph which would transmit by dot and dash system the result of a national equine handicap (flat or steeplechase) of I or more miles and furlongs won by an outsider at odds of 50 to 1 at 3 hr 8 m p.m. at Ascot (Greenwich time), the message being received and available for betting purposes in Dublin at 2.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Young Man’s Best Companion, The Farrier’s Sure Guide, The Veterinary Surgeon, Paradise Lost, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Robinson Crusoe, Ash’s Dictionary, and Walkingame’s Arithmetic, constituted his library; and though a limited series, it was one from which he had acquired more sound information by diligent perusal than many a man of opportunities has done from a furlong of laden shelves.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The gallery now began to trend downwards in a horizontal direction, with about two inches of fall in every furlong.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • So long a space As a swift walker on a measured way Would pace a furlong’s course in, there she lay Speechless, with veiled lids.
    Euripides  --  Medea
  • A ray of light, beginning at a height immeasurably beyond the nearest stars, and dropping obliquely to the earth; at its top, a diminishing point; at its base, many furlongs in width; its sides blending softly with the darkness of the night, its core a roseate electrical splendor.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • A delicate spire of an ancient building rose up from out of the trees in the middle distance, with a few grey houses clustered about it; while nearer to us, in fact not half a furlong from the water, was a quite modern stone house—a wide quadrangle of one story, the buildings that made it being quite low.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • ůmeasure of great authors, of Bacon, Milton, Tasso,[652] Cervantes,[653] we might leave the fact in the twilight of human fate: but, that this man of men, he who gave to the science of mind a new and larger subject than had ever existed, and planted the standard of humanity some furlongs forward into Chaos,—that he should not be wise for himself,—it must even go into the world’s history, that the best poet led an obscure and profane life, using his genius for the public amusement.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • They satte stille well *a furlong way*.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Miss Furlong, may I get you a partner, Mr. Bergin.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • —Tomorrow, sir, said Tom Furlong’s voice.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • 48 I have said that the soul is not more than the body, And I have said that the body is not more than the soul, And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one’s self is, And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud, And I or you pocketless of a dime may purchase the pick of the earth, And to glance with an eye or show a bean in its pod confounds the learning of all times, And there is no trade or employment but the young man following itů
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • *heed His wife bare him a burdoun*, a full strong; *bass <20> Men might their routing* hearen a furlong.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • This John lay still a furlong way <23> or two, And to himself he made ruth* and woe.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • One morning, when working all the yearlings over two furlongs—a quarter of a mile—in sets of two, he paired Seabiscuit with Faust, the fastest yearling in the barn and a future major stakes winner.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I know nothing of your furlongs, but I am sure it is a very long wood, and that we have been winding in and out ever since we came into it; and therefore, when I say that we have walked a mile in it, I must speak within compass.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • On the roads nearby nothing was moving now; but Sam feared the watchful eyes on the wall of the Isenmouthe, no more than a furlong away northward.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • *the time it would take "Now, Pater noster, clum,"<32> said Nicholay, to walk a furlong* And "clum," quoth John; and "clum," said Alison: This carpenter said his devotion, And still he sat and bidded his prayere, Awaking on the rain, if he it hear.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • And then he took a great spear of his squire, and departed his way a furlong.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • The two kept it up for a few furlongs before Exhibit abruptly pulled himself up.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The only suitable race that weekend was the seven-furlong Huntington Beach Handicap, in which Rosemont was set to run.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • With no one on the grounds the least bit interested in watching a claimer, the horse proceeded to work six furlongs in an unbelievably fast 1:1134.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Smith stood at the finish line as Pollard turned Seabiscuit loose for a nine-furlong workout.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • With a furlong to go, Aneroid’s head bobbed in front, just as Rosemont’s had done a few months before.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Soon after this, a furlong way or two,<8> He privily hath told all his intent Unto a man, and to his wife him sent.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • In spite of the pea-soup fog, they caught the Biscuit spinning six furlongs in 1:14, a solid workout.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • With Pollard sitting motionless in the saddle, they reeled off rapid fractions, clipping under the wire after six furlongs.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The first few furlongs went well, but gradually, Seabiscuit began to slow down.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • It had taken Seabiscuit 1:42 to negotiate eight furlongs on the training track, and that was under strong urging.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Pollard tipped back in the irons and Seabiscuit tugged on his hands, picking off six furlongs in 1:12X, marvelous time.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • To quiet the doubters, he gave his word that the public would be able to see Seabiscuit work a full ten furlongs—the race distance—at three-thirty on the afternoon of May 24.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • And *less than half a furlong way of space* *immediately* <2> Right so as bees swarmen out of a hive, Out of the devil’s erse there gan to drive A twenty thousand friars *on a rout.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
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