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Northwest Passage


He tried to do it like it was something he did all the time, as if touching her someplace new wasn’t like discovering the Northwest Passage.
Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  a water route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean along the northern coast of North America
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Europeans since the 16th century had searched for a short route to the Far East before it was successfully traversed by Roald Amundsen (1903-1906)
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  • He tried to do it like it was something he did all the time, as if touching her someplace new wasn’t like discovering the Northwest Passage.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • That trip was relatively uneventful, but in 1845, hoping finally to discover the fabled Northwest Passage, Franklin made the mistake of returning to the Arctic for a third time.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Is it the source of the Nile, or the Niger, or the Mississippi, or a Northwest Passage around this continent, that we would find?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Chapter 3 As Master Wishes THREE SECONDS before the arrival of J. B. Hobson’s letter, I no more dreamed of chasing the unicorn than of trying for the Northwest Passage.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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  • You see, it was just the Northwest Passage of that day, as you may say; that was all.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • They’d sailed in search of the Northwest Passage, as many Spaniards did in those days, and their pilot and captain, Martin de Aquilar of the Vizcaino expedition, sent a work detail ashore to cull a fresh spar pole from among the hemlocks at water’s edge.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The woman sounded triumphant, as if she’d discovered the Northwest Passage, which we’d just learned about at the end of the school year.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • One of them came up this way on a side excursion from the Northwest Passage.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • We’re really on a kind of Northwest Passage too.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • After the South Pole, does our captain want to tackle the North Pole, then go back to the Pacific by the notorious Northwest Passage?
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Northwest Passage [8] , Long Island Sound [6] , English Channel [7] , Bering Strait [9] , Strait of Hormuz [9] , Strait of Magellan [9]
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