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Definition a short journey taken for pleasure


a digression from the main path of a journey
  • We booked excursions at every port where our cruise ship stopped.
excursions = short journeys taken for pleasure
  • many summer excursions to the shore
  • Every seat was crowded, too; for it was Sunday, and consequently everybody was taking a "pleasure" excursion.
    Mark Twain  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • Being now destitute of provisions, the travellers found it necessary to make a short hunting excursion after buffalo.
    Washington Irving  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • excursions = side trips taken for pleasure
  • He made a brief excursion up the Bill Williams River, a tributary of the Colorado, then continued downstream through the Colorado River Indian Reservation, the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • excursion = side trip
  • He tried to piece it all together, to go back to the normal pattern of life a few short days ago before the sieve and the sand, Denham's Dentifrice, moth voices, fireflies, the alarms and excursions, too much for a few short days, too much, indeed, for a lifetime.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • excursions = temporary side-trips taken from the path of the main journey
  • At the mention of an excursion, the four children were wild with delight, and, capering around me, clapped their hands for joy.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • excursion = a short journey
  • I supposed they had not come from the south, in the winter, for a pleasure excursion; and now the nature of their business was very plain.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • When she died I was able to physically leave the place I'd been making little mind excursions from ever since I learned to read.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • Attolia responded with invitations to musicals and dancing and excursions into the countryside.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • 50 each way, cheaper if I could run into an excursion rate out of Washington.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • A party, of which he formed one, landed at Borneo, and passed into the interior on an excursion of pleasure.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • In the back of the Excursion, I could feel my heart beating.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • This little dog lived in their shed, sleeping beside Karataev at night; it sometimes made excursions into the town but always returned again.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Then she said suddenly: "O, Mr. Conroy, will you come for an excursion to the Aran Isles this summer?
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • When I would come back from these excursions, I was often plunged into a kind of wonder at my vicarious depravity.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • I would spend the following day going through all the paperwork and canceling every trip, every excursion I had booked.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • She has now run away from three foster families in three months and obviously risks coming to some harm during her excursions.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • After their little excursion to Tuck's, Abee realized he was starving.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me

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