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fell like grass before a scythe
  a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands
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scythe scything
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  • fell like grass before a scythe
  • The painting is called Peasant Woman with a Scythe.
  • The land has been in the family since they harvested with a scythe.
  • the old man was afraid he would cut the line with his tail which was sharp as a scythe
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea

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  • he began to swing his scythe with that long, even stroke that few American boys ever learn.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • I cleaned up the tackroom and sharpened a scythe.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • The edge of the scythe shaved off my shirtsleeve and grazed my arm.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Darin’s calm is sheared away as if by a scythe, his face blanched with a horror I feel down to my bones.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • A noise punctuates the silence, a thin bleating growing louder and louder until it is like a scythe of metal slicing the air, slicing into me— Then I wake up.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • As Kote watched, he carefully drove a pair of nails through a scythe blade’s collar, fixing it firmly onto a curved wooden handle.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • Kit followed him into the swamp and stooped to gather great armfuls of the long grasses that fell behind his scythe.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The other murderer was Ned Clement, who’d gone for three years under the name Scythe, for the weapon he’d used to torture and hack apart temple priestesses.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The short blade was curved like a scythe, its fat wooden handle fitting snugly in her palm.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • A big diamondback rattler struck at Papa and Papa chopped his head off with one quick lick of his scythe.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • And he returned to his work scything the long grass.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • He dug potatoes out of the earth with a spade and cut down hay with a scythe.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • When he had gone to the shed to return the jeans, he had taken a small hand-scythe from the wall where it hung, and with it he attacked the nettle-patch in the Potter’s Field, sending the nettles flying, slashing and gutting them till there was nothing but stinging stubble on the ground.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • This isn’t rural Portland yet, but there are signs of the countryside creeping in: plants poking up through half-rotted porches, an owl hooting mournfully in the dark, a black scythe of bats cutting suddenly across the sky.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • At any given moment you could spot him in his field, bent at the waist, back as curved as the scythe he swung all day.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I like the scythe.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • And I’m so nigh it that the Aud Man is already whettin’ his scythe.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He twisted the wheel sharply, the boat skidded round in a wild scything skid beneath the cliff face and dropped to rest lightly on the rocking waves.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • My corn having ripened apace, the latter end of December, which was my second harvest, I reaped it with a scythe, made of one of my broad swords.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It was a scythe-a six-foot-long, blade curved like a crescent moon, with a wooden handle wrapped in leather.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • During those four weeks in Carthage, McCandless worked hard, doing dirty, tedious jobs that nobody else wanted to tackle: mucking out warehouses, exterminating vermin, painting, scything weeds.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The bombardment was to all intents and purposes finished, once the jets had sighted their target, alerted their bombardiers at five thousand miles an hour; as quick as the whisper of a scythe the war was finished.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Most of them survived the scything blades .
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Then Kronos, the head Titan—well, you’ve probably heard how he chopped up his father Ouranos with a scythe and took over the world.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Thane is missing a scythe and he thinks Albriech took it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • To grow them year after year without dread of flood or plague, in soil that offers up green stems that bend to the scythe again and again, bread from a bottomless basket.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Holly rolled to avoid a scything tusk.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Her knives were twice as long as a scythe, set straight upon the handle.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Their scything weapons left our dead in piles, but some they took alive, into forced labor.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It was as if a black-waved, frozen sea had been sliced by a scythe, forming black, solid walls along a jelled path.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • There was my sister’s son, Tom, jest cut his arm with a scythe, tumbled on it in the ’ayfield, and, bless me! he was three months tied up sir.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Clearing it would take one whole day’s hard work with scythe and saw.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • As he righted himself, he saw it: a ship with black metal sides, unmarked and almost lightless, its prow a narrow blade scything the water ahead.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • A man may stand to use a scythe, a plow, a pitchfork; but he must crawl like a bug between the rows of lettuce, he must bend his back and pull his long bag between the cotton rows, he must go on his knees like a penitent across a cauliflower patch.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The gods defeated their father, sliced him to pieces with his own scythe, and scattered his remains in Tartarus, the darkest part of the Underworld.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • I had just given up my scythe to another man, and was helping with the stooking by way of a breather when, without any warning, I was struck…… I had never known anything like it.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • He had slain men with his own hand, for aught I know—certainly, they had fallen like blades of grass at the sweep of the scythe before the charge to which his spirit imparted its triumphant energy—but, be that as it might, there was never in his heart so much cruelty as would have brushed the down off a butterfly’s wing.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Then he saw the human figures moving into the flower fields, sweeping them with strange scythe-like devices—dew gatherers.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • A whole coconut apiece too, in which my husband nicked a hole with his scythe for me so that I might drink the dear milk.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • One was noticed who had a large, glittering scythe, and who, for a long time, mowed the legs of the horses.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It was the painted figure of Time as he is commonly represented, save that, in lieu of a scythe, he held what, at a casual glance, I supposed to be the pictured image of a huge pendulum such as we see on antique clocks.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Where the grass is cut with a scythe, where rooster combs and sunflowers grow in the yards, and pots of bleeding heart, ivy, and mother-in-law tongue line the steps and windowsills.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • He said that no man could shoot with another’s bow any more than he could cut with another’s scythe.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Although they also wore the blue and gold uniform, each wielded the traditional "Vatican long sword"-an eight-foot spear with a razor-sharp scythe-rumored to have decapitated countless Muslims while defending the Christian crusaders in the fifteenth century.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The blue-gleaming blade shore through them like a scythe through grass, and they leaped and writhed and then hung loose.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Thousands of years ago, after the big Titan—God war, the gods had sliced him to bits with his own scythe and scattered his remains in Tartarus, which is like the gods’ bottomless recycling bin for their enemies.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
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