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A squall blew in while we were sailing.
  sudden violent winds — usually accompanied by precipitation
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  • A squall blew in while we were sailing.
  • But as soon as my fingers close around Mia’s, the thing I notice is that it stops and suddenly it goes quiet, like when the squall of feedback is suddenly cut when someone switches off an amp.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • For three days there had been a howling blizzard; then, during the third day, with visibility reduced to zero by blinding snow squalls, an aircraft came over the hotel at nought feet and with an expiring stutter flopped down on the ice of a nearby pond.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Just then Trapis came back, carrying several flat loaves of bread under one arm and a squalling child in the other.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • By the time we finally made it over there the blue skies had disappeared abruptly, replaced by a sudden squall.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • In a split second a squall darkened Nat’s blue eyes.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Still he could hear them, Beans and Mutto squalling like alleycats on the back porch roof.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • The squall wind was in the tops of the palms and I could imagine how they looked in the night sky, thrashing against each other high over our little cay.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • "He’s the loudest squaller I got.
    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  --  Shiloh
  • I tell her about the cold squirrel stew and the squalling children.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • It was very quiet, except for the squalling of a few of the babies.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • It was nearly full dark, and the rain spattered in squalls against my face.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • A flock of gulls squalls overhead.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The squalling yard had contained its own life, had been its own complete world, for so long.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • I made my way upstairs in a black squall of gusty, shifting emotion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He sat on his heels, quite motionless, letting the bird dart back and forth, squalling.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • As I ducked out again and ran the flooded sidewalk to Park Avenue—socks squelching, cold rain pelting in my face— I regretted I’d bought them at all and came close to tossing them in a trash can, only the squalls of rain were so fierce I couldn’t bring myself to slow down, for even a moment, and ran on.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • From the telescreen a brassy female voice was squalling a patriotic song.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • After a while the child begins to squall, although Albert, in desperation, rocks it to and fro.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The door squalled on its hinges.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Dwayne Ray started squalling, and Lou Ann excused herself to go put him to bed.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • I shambled about the field on scraggy legs, squalled for passes that never came my way.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • One day after sea search, as Phil was detouring around a squall, Cuppernell asked him if he’d dare fly into it.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was time; the squall was on us, and the vessel began to heel.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • We were banished here, the three of us—the four of us, I should say; Alec was a squalling baby when we left the Glass City.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • A sort of tempest arose on the 3rd of November, the squall knocking the vessel about with fury, and the waves running high.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He didn’t come out squalling like you see on TV.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • This time I climbed only 120 feet above thebergschrund before lack of composure and the arrival of a snow squall forced me to turn around.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • If so, we must look out for squalls, for a strong man with homicidal and religious mania at once might be dangerous.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He didn’t notice how cold it had suddenly become, he didn’t notice the wind, he didn’t notice the sudden irrational squall of rain.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I begin to have some hopes of the fellow, since he has given up squalling to follow some better trade.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Rain squalls drifted across their russet face, and the heavy, slate-coloured clouds hung low over the landscape, trailing in gray wreaths down the sides of the fantastic hills.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "Take the Georges, Pew, and don’t stand here squalling."
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • But those chaps there are worse yet—they are your white squalls, they.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Two more bird-people immediately dropped onto the cats with a hideous squalling.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Sounds like no more than a passing squall.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Poor Hareton was squalling and kicking in his father’s arms with all his might, and redoubled his yells when he carried him upstairs and lifted him over the banister.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was too much for him and he took off down the street, squalling like a scalded cat.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • ’She must have gone down for something, and then the door jammed, and a squall caught the boat without anyone at the helm,’ said Colonel Julyan.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • [4] A high foreland near the Cattolica, between Rimini and Fano, whence often fell dangerous squalls.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • He believed for an instant that he was in the house of the dead, and he did not dare to move lest these corpses start up, squalling and squawking.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • When the persistent clamor of the brat became too annoying, "Your son is squalling," Thenardier would say; "do go and see what he wants."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was just that Yankee stepmother who squalled and said I was a wild barbarian and decent people weren’t safe around uncivilized Southerners.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • After a while, the squall began to subside and the thunderclouds scudded away from the center of town.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • Prior to the Clutter mystery, the four cases cited were the sum of Dewey’s experience with murder, and measured against the case confronting him, were as squalls preceding a hurricane.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The axlecaps of the wheels squalled against the wood, but he was able to get through.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Then she sprang away, up the trail, squalling with every leap she made.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • A squall was on the way.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • One of the current events we studied in social studies class was the unusual number of small planes that had gone down in sudden squalls in the Atlantic that year.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • It was a soft grey day outside, with heavy clouds working across the sky, and occasional squalls of snow.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
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