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carry the day

Once more it hammered him, but his momentum carried the day and he broke the wire.
Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  idiom meaning "to win the day"
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  • Once more it hammered him, but his momentum carried the day and he broke the wire.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • While it may be said that the darker and uglier of these opposing conditions has usually carried the day, there must also be recorded in the name of truth a long chronicle in which decency and honor were at moments able to controvert the absolute dominion of the reigning evil, more often than not against rather large odds, whether in Poznan or Yazoo City.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Six tumbrils carry the day’s wine to La Guillotine.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It and Tom’s persuasions presently carried the day.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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  • Nevertheless, the attraction carried the day.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Mabelee wore a creation of tiger fur wrapped with gold fringe, but it was Cressie who carried the day in a crimson smokestack with black netting and ostrich feathers.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • We shall see which will carry the day, grimaces or polite literature.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • But, as few students such as Billy deLois and Henry Trennant spoke at P.T.A. functions or town meetings, the administration’s view tended to carry the day.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Don Quixote obeyed, and great bandying of compliments followed between the two over the matter; but in the end the duchess’s determination carried the day, and she refused to get down or dismount from her palfrey except in the arms of the duke, saying she did not consider herself worthy to impose so unnecessary a burden on so great a knight.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Had it rung too flat, or had it felt a hair’s breadth too light, generosity had carried the day; but, unhappily for Gurth, the chime was full and true, the zecchin plump, newly coined, and a grain above weight.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe

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  • She has abilities, however, as well as affections; and it is now a doubtful point whether his cunning, or hers, may finally carry the day; whether, after preventing her from being the wife of Sir Walter, he may not be wheedled and caressed at last into making her the wife of Sir William.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • If tongues made soldiers, the women of a camp would generally carry the day.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • The Battle of White Plains was the battle of Chatterton’s Hill and the British and the Hessians carried the day.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • What he enjoys most is a motor tour in England, and I think that would have carried the day if the weather had not been so abominable.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Aven them cursed millaishy, the Lord forgive me for swearing, that was the death of him, wid their cowardice, would have carried the day in old times.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • But the determination of both Abigail and John, in combination with their obvious attraction to each other—like steel to a magnet, John said—were more than enough to carry the day.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Theater-going was forbidden in our house, but, with the really cruel intuitiveness of a child, I suspected that the color of this woman’s skin would carry the day for me.
    James Baldwin  --  Notes of a Native Son
  • The English lexicographer, John Walker, had argued for this "affectation" in 1791, but Webster’s prestige, while he lived, remained so high in some quarters that he carried the day, and the older professors at Yale, it is said, continued to use /natur/ down to 1839.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • But, forasmuch as all favourite legends must be associated with the affections, and as many more people fall in love than commit murder—which it may be hoped, howsoever bad we are, will continue until the end of the world to be the dispensation under which we shall live—the Bleeding Heart, Bleeding Heart, bleeding away story, carried the day by a great majority.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Unfortunately, theory don’t always carry the day."
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • I’ve seen the Delawares routed, when they desarved more credit than at other times when they’ve carried the day.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Who will carry the day?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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