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  • The Morrison children, coming home from school, would find no aches, no carping, no headache.   (source)
    carping = nagging or repeatedly complaining
  • By November Piedmont had evidently tired of my carping and unrelenting bitching about conditions at the school.†   (source)
  • And Dora said she won't take orders from her any more, as she was always a carping and peevish mistress, but only from Dr. Jordan, as he who pays the piper calls the tune.   (source)
    carping = complaining
  • Mr. Kinnear was a gentleman of a fine Scottish family, and easygoing in his habits, and was not married; so there was less work, and no mistress of the household to carp and criticize, and would I be interested in the position?   (source)
    carp = frequently complain
  • Pim has nearly reached the boiling point; Mrs. van D. is lying in bed with a cold, grumbling; Mr. van D. is growing pale without his cigarettes; Dussel, who's having to give up many of his comforts, is carping at everyone; etc., etc. We seem to have run out of luck lately.   (source)
    carping = repeatedly complaining
  • The carping had subsided, he wrote, but few of the carpers had as yet made the "amende honorable" that now clearly was due Chicago.   (source)
    carping = repeated complaining
  • But I was annoyed with her because of all the picking and carping she had been doing, and I said that I knew my Bible backwards and forwards which was not far from the truth — and that this was not one of the stories in it.   (source)
    carping = complaining
  • The carping had subsided, he wrote, but few of the carpers had as yet made the "amende honorable" that now clearly was due Chicago.   (source)
    carpers = complainers
  • His contemptuous attitude towards my brother reflected my own; his immediate and shallow carping about the devil; his refusal to even entertain the idea that sanctity had passed so close.   (source)
    carping = nagging
  • In addition, he bore directly Eliza's nagging and carping attack.†   (source)
  • The Hiroshima players were at first called, in English, the Carps, until he pointed out to the public that the plural for that fish, and for those ballplayers, had no "s."†   (source)
  • Ellen, by soft-voiced admonition, and Mammy, by constant carping, labored to inculcate in her the qualities that would make her truly desirable as a wife.†   (source)
  • Before those who now, for the sake of the Savage, paid their court to him, Bernard would parade a carping unorthodoxy.†   (source)
  • …eating in vast halls upon an immense creamy table from vessels of old silver—eating strange fabulous foods— swelling unctuous paps of a fat pregnant sow, oiled mushrooms, calvered salmon, jugged hare, the beards of barbels dressed with an exquisite and poignant sauce, carps' tongues, dormice and camels' heels, with spoons of amber headed with diamond and carbuncle, and cups of agate, studded with emeralds, hyacinths, and rubies— everything, in fact, for which Epicure Mammon wished.†   (source)
  • Each one held his own course, carping and swearing, without listening to his neighbor.†   (source)
  • How is this? some carping reader exclaims.†   (source)
  • With him disappeared the secret of stuffed carps.†   (source)
  • "Ah, Mr. Macey, you and me are two folks," said Ben, slightly indignant at this carping.†   (source)
  • Everyone had brown lips, and the most delicious productions of the Berghof kitchens were greeted by lethargic, carping gourmets, who had already stuffed and ruined their stomachs with Milka nougats, chocolat a la creme d'amandes, Marquis napolitains, and little "cat's tongues" sprinkled with gold.†   (source)
  • I mean the timorous or carping few who doubt the tendency of such books as "Jane Eyre:" in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong; whose ears detect in each protest against bigotry — that parent of crime — an insult to piety, that regent of God on earth.†   (source)
  • Yet he was in no sense a Separatist; his hospitality took in strangers from every land; the carping Pharisees even accused him of having more than once entertained Samaritans at his table.†   (source)
  • Hucheloup had invented a capital thing which could be eaten nowhere but in his house, stuffed carps, which he called carpes au gras.†   (source)
  • She is thankless for Amelia's constant and gentle bearing towards her; carps at her for her efforts at kindness or service; rails at her for her silly pride in her child and her neglect of her parents.†   (source)
  • Rejoined the Lord Odysseus: "Diomedes, no good flattering me, or carping, either— not before men who know me through and through.†   (source)
  • Some notorious carpers and squeamish moralists might be sulky with Lord Steyne, but they were glad enough to come when he asked them.†   (source)
  • For I would have you know, Sir Errant, that in these little villages everything is talked about and everything is carped at, and rest assured, as I am, that the priest must be over and above good who forces his parishioners to speak well of him, especially in villages.   (source)
    carped = repeatedly complained
  • "Ma chere, I serve a man who multiplied the loaves and fishes"—he smiled, nodding at the pool, where the swirls of the carps' feeding were still subsiding—"who healed the sick and raised the dead.†   (source)
  • John Eglinton's carping voice asked.†   (source)
  • JOHN EGLINTON: (Produces a greencapped dark lantern and flashes it towards a corner: with carping accent) Esthetics and cosmetics are for the boudoir.†   (source)
  • His look went from brooder's beard to carper's skull, to remind, to chide them not unkindly, then to the baldpink lollard costard, guiltless though maligned.†   (source)
  • And to that end we wish'd your lordship here, To avoid the the the censures of the carping world.†   (source)
  • Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable.†   (source)
  • Am I myself to bear a carping critic, A base usurper with a power tyrannic, Such that we can do nothing for diversion Without hearing about that creep's aversion?†   (source)
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  • In all it was a pitiful display of small bream and carp, falling apart at the seams.   (source)
    carp = a common freshwater fish
  • Licked all the shells clean and couldn't have cared less that Brian was thrashing around in the water like a dying carp.   (source)
  • Japanese carp.   (source)
  • There was a tapering soot stain as high as a man on an outside wall where two tramps had once, outrageously, lit a bonfire to roast a carp that was not theirs.   (source)
  • The wives, homesick and bewildered, turn to Ashima for recipes and advice, and she tells them about the carp that's sold in Chinatown, that it's possible to make halwa from Cream of Wheat.   (source)
  • There were no other fish in the lake except for perch and a few worthless carp.   (source)
  • Technically speaking, the pond should be full of carp, but Hiro is American enough to think of carp as inedible dinosaurs that sit on the bottom and eat sewage.   (source)
  • My beloved Mississippi River was being eaten in reverse by Asian carp flip-flopping their way up toward Lake Michigan.   (source)
  • He talks on the phone for a bit, and then he comes back into the kitchen and sees that his little sister has a big hunk of raw Lake Michigan carp in her hand, and she's chewing, and she looks up at her brother and says, 'Sushi!'   (source)
  • O.K., it's called The Great Carp Escape.†   (source)
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  • The oyster seller picked up a carp and shook it in the other man's face.†   (source)
  • Carp Cove, Chartreuse Island, Cloudy Cliffs, Condiment Bay, Curdled Cave—here it is!†   (source)
  • She had always had carp in a mossy pond in the back of her house, carp that her granddaughter called goldfish, and she had known the names of almost everyone on her street, and most had been there a long time, they were old California, from families that were California families, but over the years they had changed more and more rapidly, and now she knew none of them, and saw no reason to make the effort, for people bought and sold houses the way they bought and sold stocks, and every…†   (source)
  • Evergreen shrubs and twisted pine trees surrounded a decorative pond full of carp.†   (source)
  • In the deep center a large carp flipped its tail and then disappeared as quickly as it had surfaced.†   (source)
  • She did not quibble or carp, she spoke gently to him, she was better than he deserved, writing postcards when she went back home to visit—imagine getting a postcard from your wife.†   (source)
  • Carp floated belly up onto the beach, and the doctors at Mercy knew, but did not announce, that ear infections were a certainty for those who swam in those waters.†   (source)
  • They ate, giggled, and recited nu shu stories like "The Tale of Sangu," in which the daughter of a rich man remains loyal to her poor husband through many ups and downs until they are rewardedfor their fidelity by becoming mandarins; or "The Fairy Carp," in which a fish transforms itself into a lovely young woman who then falls in love with a brilliant scholar, only to have her true form revealed.†   (source)
  • Then the golden carp came.†   (source)
  • She would gladly have given her life to end my suffering--horrible, humpbacked, carp-toothed creature, eyes on fire with useless, mindless love.†   (source)
  • There were carp in there and we saw them.†   (source)
  • It seemed that I had to dive down through the waters of history even to glimpse these brilliant gouramis and golden carp who dwelled so easily in the distilled fathoms of their heritage.†   (source)
  • Who are you to carp at numbers?†   (source)
  • A few months before he was killed at Fort Fisher, another New York noncom wrote to his brother that "this is no time to carp at things which, compared with the success and reestablishment of the Republic, are insignificant."†   (source)
  • Willie was even selling carp, a worthless fish you couldn't sell at the fish market, but he was able to unload quite a few of them with his salesmanship and charm.†   (source)
  • Her sister spent hours in the pavilion by the carp pond, composing replies.†   (source)
  • You have carp.†   (source)
  • He saw the face of a fish, a carp, with an infinitely painfully opened mouth, the face of a dying fish, with fading eyes—he saw the face of a new-born child, red and full of wrinkles, distorted from crying—he saw the face of a murderer, he saw him plunging a knife into the body of another person—he saw, in the same second, this criminal in bondage, kneeling and his head being chopped off by the executioner with one blow of his sword—he saw the bodies of men and women, naked in…†   (source)
  • Since he was the star, Larry Dunn had to play the carp and the fence around Clark was the net.†   (source)
  • The carp seller was explaining the ruckus to a sergeant while the oyster seller reloaded his cart.†   (source)
  • The Great Carp Escape was about a carp that was trying to get out of a net in the Flint River.†   (source)
  • "Let's see a little more fins this time, carp," Byron would say, then throw Larry into the fence.†   (source)
  • Then the people laughed and continued their feasting on the meat of the carp.†   (source)
  • One day, she had her crystal chicken just right, and her red-cooked carp too.†   (source)
  • Two were ramshackle old me droolers as toothless as carp.†   (source)
  • The golden carp will be swimming soon—†   (source)
  • Two brown carp swam from under the thicket into the open.†   (source)
  • "No," I answered, "I do not fish for carp.†   (source)
  • The golden carp accepts all magic that is good, but your God, Tony, is a jealous God.†   (source)
  • Out of the corners of my eyes I saw Cico hold his hand to his breast as the golden carp glided by.†   (source)
  • He pointed to the creek where Cico lay in wait for the golden carp.†   (source)
  • "Do you believe the golden carp is a god?" he asked.†   (source)
  • "Have you ever fished for carp?" he asked.†   (source)
  • I told Samuel I had seen the golden carp that summer and he was very pleased.†   (source)
  • "The magic people all know about the coming day of the golden carp," Cico answered.†   (source)
  • When the golden carp appeared Cico struck with his spear and the water ran blood red.†   (source)
  • He would instruct his priests to kill the golden carp—†   (source)
  • The golden carp will come through there.†   (source)
  • Cico whistled as the golden carp glided by.†   (source)
  • Were the fish of the golden carp happier than we were?†   (source)
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