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fawn as in:  fawned all over her

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  • "You look like a man of distinction," the guide fawned, "no doubt more interested in culture than most.†   (source)
  • The moon fawned over him like a disciple.†   (source)
  • Everybody had started fawning over her, telling her how amazing she was and how obviously she should be the one who went on the quest—but that attention had nothing to do with who she was.†   (source)
  • He was charming and urbane with visitors, and stopped just short of fawning on them if they happened to be white.†   (source)
  • Saw a groundhog, saw a doe with two fawns, and saw a gray fox with a reddish head.†   (source)
  • He heard the fawning servility in his own voice but was unable to control it.†   (source)
  • At the airport the row of people who had greeted them, have hosted and fed and fawned over them for all these months, those with whom he shares a name if not his life, assemble once more on the balcony, to wave good-bye.†   (source)
  • The crew, especially the women, fawned over him.†   (source)
  • It is like being fawned on by rabbits, or like being covered with syrup: you can't get it off.†   (source)
  • Emily and Savannah throwing Lena a party and fawning over her like she was their Snow Queen?†   (source)
  • For every business that now refused to sell him goods, there were a dozen more that fawned over him and accepted his notes endorsed by H. S. Campbell or secured by the assets of the Warner Glass Bending Company.†   (source)
  • There was Paul in the corner surrounded by a fawning group of the younger Arrakeen richece, and, aloof among them, three officers of the House Troop.†   (source)
  • I looked away quickly and noticed Hattie, hovering a few feet beyond the line, her lips clenched in a fawning smile.†   (source)
  • He was like a puppy and he fawned on everyone.†   (source)
  • I kept the people I love close, and they have fawned over you since the moment they knew you were coming.†   (source)
  • I was prepared to be servile and fawning if it would keep him from dropping casually shattering remarks about my degree of exposure and chances for survival.†   (source)
  • She was tired of being pawed at and fawned over.†   (source)
  • Brittany Ellis is used to people fawning all over her and she could use a little wake-up call.†   (source)
  • I saw that many of the passengers liked being fawned over.†   (source)
  • The does were heavy-bellied with their fawns and assessed him with their great tilted ears before the buck moved them off again.†   (source)
  • "Veturius," Faris grunts at me, and I'm relieved that he doesn't treat me with the same fawning awe as everyone else.†   (source)
  • He had known his sort in King's Landing—fawning to his superiors, harsh to his inferiors, as blind as he was boastful and too proud by half.†   (source)
  • She fawned over the church people, year after year, who showed up at Christmas with a turkey or a ham.†   (source)
  • He blotted out his surroundings for thirty minutes at a time with a fawning profile of the famous candidate who'd just declared his desire to run for president—Ronald Reagan.†   (source)
  • Dad's speed and skill with a butcher knife were straight out of a novel: The Silence of the Fawns.†   (source)
  • It's almost embarrassing, the way she fawns.†   (source)
  • Gollum raised himself and began pawing at Frodo, fawning at his knees.†   (source)
  • Scrutinized him, touched him, fawned over him, hugged and kissed him.†   (source)
  • They talk of dresses and gloves and stockings, buttons and baubles in such fevered, fawning detail I fear I shall go mad.†   (source)
  • La Fayette was fawning, of course.†   (source)
  • Fremantle radiated approval like a tattered star, but he did it with such cool and delicate grace that there was nothing unnatural about it, nothing fawning or nattering.†   (source)
  • It didn't seem to stop the other boys from fawning and waiting, hoping their numbers would come up in a week or two; even Dean Rhodes had asked us about that little blond girl in our class.†   (source)
  • Then right in front of me a wisp of does and fawns creep along the fringe where your plowed fields snuggle up against the hardwood.†   (source)
  • He was desperate to know how to please Dr. Bassiouni and started getting to know every professor in the department, working out the times when he was in his best mood, and then getting him on his own and telling him fawningly, "I would like to benefit from your experience, Professor.†   (source)
  • But all the Talking Beasts surged round the Lion, with purrs and grunts and squeaks and whinneys of delight, fawning on him with their tails, rubbing against him, touching him reverently with their noses and going to and fro under his body and between his legs.†   (source)
  • The deer came back to the upper benches and dropped their fawns.†   (source)
  • Up to this time most of the deer we had encountered had been bucks; but now we began to meet numbers of does and fawns, and the behavior of the wolves underwent a change.†   (source)
  • They had entered without knocking— never would he be able to teach them to knock— and they stood like fawns—too small to be afraid.†   (source)
  • He walked toward the rear, giving the whites a fawning, almost tender look.†   (source)
  • But he didn't want to appear fawning or weak, and everything in the letter was deliberately crude—no envelope, the lined paper torn down one side, the very big and careless handwriting, the absence of the direct word of thanks, the "Salim!" and not "Dear Salim," the "F." and not "Ferdinand."†   (source)
  • It is not the man but the uniform that makes the arrests, takes the insults or the fawning or (most common of all) the averted faces, the stares that pass through him.†   (source)
  • He had trouble concentrating on what Cliff talked about ....something about gelding a pair of fawns and getting them used to harness.†   (source)
  • Wilbur spraddled right up the bank to Mr. MacLain suddenly, before they knew it, and fawned on him before they got him back.†   (source)
  • Edmund Quincy spoke bitterly of the "ineffable meanness of the lion turned spaniel in his fawnings on the masters whose hands he was licking for the sake of the dirty puddings they might have to toss to him."†   (source)
  • You should have heard yourself, fawning on him, talking to him, singing with him, oh gods, all night; you should have heard yourself!†   (source)
  • Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation!   (source)
    fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • As soon as I was back again he returned to his former manner, half fawning, half sneering, patted me on the shoulder, told me I was a good boy and he had taken quite a fancy to me.   (source)
  • "It's not that," said he, "but she charged him, in the presence of her intended husband, with being disappointed in the hope of fawning upon her for his own advancement, and, if he were to go to her now, it would look true—even to him—and even to her."   (source)
  • I removed the habit, and there shone forth beneath a grand plaid silk frock, white trousers, and burnished shoes; and, while her eyes sparkled joyfully when the dogs came bounding up to welcome her, she dared hardly touch them lest they should fawn upon her splendid garments.   (source)
    fawn = jump on (show excessive affection)
  • Cafferen's white fawns were spotted with blood and Grandison's sleeping lion was torn near in two.†   (source)
  • One sits surrounded by children and fawns, her hair flowing in loose waves to the ground.†   (source)
  • Seeing that the fawns were losing their spots, he realized how swiftly the season was passing.†   (source)
  • These two went for the nearest of the two fawns, which promptly began linking.†   (source)
  • He stopped, looked again, saw a doe and two fawns come out of the brush.†   (source)
  • I suppose it took a moment for him to process why he was being fawned over by a grungy, half-deranged boy with acne.†   (source)
  • I mean, he drones on about famous exploits a bit, and he absolutely fawns on McLaggen because he's so well connected, but he gave us some really nice food and he introduced us to Gwenog Jones.†   (source)
  • The way the crew on the movie set fawned over him The way the mail lady slipped him a treat each day at the front door.†   (source)
  • Wherever she went, the smallfolk fawned on her, and Lady Margaery did all she could to fan their ardor.†   (source)
  • Simon delivers Miss Fairchild to his mother, and she fawns over the girl while he attends to her in a courtly fashion.†   (source)
  • It's not that she tells me I'm not welcome; she simply greets each of Cecily's dull tales with a jolly laugh and fawns over the simpering details of Elizabeth's latest trip to the dressmaker's, whilst every syllable I utter is met with complete disdain.†   (source)
  • Detached from mankind—thrust back with sharp insults or, simply, blank stares by those whose activities he indifferently impedes—fawned over by fools who, in an analogous situation, cannot walk past a sleeping dog without calling to it and holding out their fingers—smiled at by children who tomorrow will frown or fawn, like their parents—the policeman little by little slides away from whatever comfortable humanity he may once have shared with his neighbors.†   (source)
  • The three wolves paid no attention to the caribou either, although they passed many small herds containing numbers of fawns.†   (source)
  • I could not follow events as well as I would have wished because of the distance, but I saw George racing toward a doe accompanied by two fawns.†   (source)
  • It had hidden in the brush beside a deer run until four deer came along—a big doe, a smaller doe and two last spring fawns.†   (source)
  • They were now concentrating their efforts on one band of a dozen does and seven fawns, and every attempt which this little herd made to turn either left or right was promptly foiled.†   (source)
  • The fawns whirled, lunged into the brush, and he took his knife and hurried down the slope to bleed the doe, smiling to himself.†   (source)
  • Fawns were often tested more severely than adults, and a wolf might chase a fawn for two or three hundred yards; but unless the young animal had given signs of weakness or exhaustion within that distance, the chase was usually abandoned.†   (source)
  • He grazed the flock in the smaller meadows near by, and coming back one evening to the bedground he surprised two does and their four fawns watering at the creek close by the tent.†   (source)
  • Mixed herds of does with fawns were much more interesting to the wolves, for the percentage of injured, malformed or inferior individuals is naturally higher among the fawns, who have not yet been subjected to any prolonged period of rigorous natural selection.†   (source)
  • A few degrees lower and it would have been frosty He thought of frosty mornings at the lodge his father had built, when his mother sang at her work and taught him little songs about the yellow leaves and the hoarding squirrels and the fawns that had lost their spots.†   (source)
  • That fawn should have been doomed, and it certainly would have been if even a tenth of the wolfish reputation was in fact deserved; yet during the next hour at least twelve separate rushes were made by all three wolves against single fawns, a doe with a fawn, or groups of does and fawns, and in every case the chase was broken off almost before it was well begun.†   (source)
  • Spare me your fawning, Janos, it will not serve you.†   (source)
  • She and Martha draw Ann into an eddy of girlish fawning, and Ann goes happily with the current.†   (source)
  • All here — fawning, slyly plotting, "roughing it" with the Emperor ....here to watch him put an end to this affair, to make epigrams over the battles and idolize the wounded.†   (source)
  • Comrade Namboodiripad's house functioned as the hotel's dining room, where semi-suntanned tourists in bathing suits sipped tender coconut water (served in the shell), and old Communists, who now worked as fawning bearers in colorful ethnic clothes, stooped slightly behind their trays of drinks.†   (source)
  • His manner vacillated between hostility and a craven sort of fawning-like a stud mongrel that has been kicked too often.†   (source)
  • "Congratulations on a successful show," Eve began, edging aside a fawning critic to stand face to face with Jerry.†   (source)
  • On the one hand, it would be far more difficult to leave Simeon when he was fawning over her and following every command.†   (source)
  • He was more fawning and would-be friendly; but Sam surprised some strange looks in his eyes at times, especially towards Frodo; and he went back more and more into his old manner of speaking.†   (source)
  • Lolla-Wossiky came in fawning, smiling, looking quickly from one White face to the next, wondering what they wanted, how he could make them happy enough to reward him with whisky.†   (source)
  • She loved the spotlight, the admiration, the fawning, and even though she was suspicious of their motives, she couldn't deny the pleasure of being the center of attention.†   (source)
  • As for Kleppmann, he liked making fools of people (though he did not like that or anything else in this world very much), and his wife not only provided a willing subject, as quick to sit up and beg as any fawning, stinking lap dog, but also helped him to make fools of other people.†   (source)
  • Characteristically, they fawned on those close to teacher's heart.†   (source)
  • Yes, they fawned on her when she spoke to them and glowered at her when her back was turned.†   (source)
  • All your sins and anguish self-affrighting, Your murders and lascivious delighting Are to us but as a show Like the suns that circling go, Changing not our day for night; On your frenzied life we spy, And refresh ourselves thereafter With the stars in order fleeing; Our breath is winter; in our sight Fawns the dragon of the sky; Cool and unchanging is our eternal being, Cool and star bright is our eternal laughter.†   (source)
  • The professors fawned on her.†   (source)
  • Suddenly on the path ahead appeared some white deer, a hind and fawns as snowy white as the hart had been dark.†   (source)
  • And foremost among the men in the village who exclaimed over his prosperity was his uncle, for his uncle in these days was like a dog who fawns and desires to win favor.†   (source)
  • You know his jokes, you know the insinuative hee-hee through his nose with which he prefaces them, you know how the gray tongue licks luxuriously over his lips at the conclusion, you know how he fawns and drools over the inert mass with the face covered with steaming towels which happens to be the local banker or the local gambling-house proprietor or the local congressman, you know how he kids the hotel chippies and tries to talk them out of something, you know how he gets in debt because of his bad hunches on the horses and bad luck with th†   (source)
  • Long streamers of sunlight fawned at his feet.†   (source)
  • "But wolves kill deer, and little fawns, and everything helpless in the forest," expostulated Bo.†   (source)
  • And as he spoke, he fawned on me like a dog.†   (source)
  • He was acknowledged, fawned upon, in a way lionized.†   (source)
  • "Mugridge, sir," he fawned, his effeminate features running into a greasy smile.†   (source)
  • THE HE-APE
    (comes up and fawns on MEPHISTOPHELES)
    O cast thou the dice!†   (source)
  • As a matter of course, they fawned upon me in my prosperity with the basest meanness.†   (source)
  • How despicably I fawned upon that wretched Ilya Petrovitch!†   (source)
  • 'And how do you think we are looking, Master Copperfield, — I should say, Mister?' fawned Uriah.†   (source)
  • And, as Hans Castorp happened to notice one day, this fellow's eyes were staring in the same direction as his own; like his own, they were fixed fondly—and shyly and insistently, if not to say fawningly—on Madame Chauchat's supple body.†   (source)
  • Of this last Buck was never guilty, though he did see beaten dogs that fawned upon the man, and wagged their tails, and licked his hand.†   (source)
  • And already, even as she stood there, in her very well cut clothes, it was beginning...People were beginning to compare her to poplar trees, early dawn, hyacinths, fawns, running water, and garden lilies; and it made her life a burden to her, for she so much preferred being left alone to do what she liked in the country, but they would compare her to lilies, and she had to go to parties, and London was so dreary compared with being alone in the country with her father and the dogs.†   (source)
  • The effort succeeded, for an instant he unconsciously relapsed into his old servile manner, bent low before me, and actually fawned upon me as he replied.†   (source)
  • Rough and impetuous as a wild boar, where only earthly force was to be apprehended, he had all the characteristic terrors of a Saxon respecting fawns, forest-fiends, white women, and the whole of the superstitions which his ancestors had brought with them from the wilds of Germany.†   (source)
  • The sailors, mostly poor devils, cringed, and some of them fawned before him; in obedience to his instructions, sometimes rendering him personal homage, as to a god.†   (source)
  • Then he took his place in the first row of the stalls and sat down beside Dolokhov, nudging with his elbow in a friendly and offhand way that Dolokhov whom others treated so fawningly.†   (source)
  • The Athenians, those Parisians of days gone by, slew Phocion, as we might say Coligny, and fawned upon tyrants to such an extent that Anacephorus said of Pisistratus: "His urine attracts the bees."†   (source)
  • Out they toddled from rugged Avila, wide-eyed and helpless-looking as two fawns, but with human hearts, already beating to a national idea; until domestic reality met them in the shape of uncles, and turned them back from their great resolve.†   (source)
  • Such a personage was fawned upon in Arthur's realm and reverently looked up to by everybody, even though his dispositions were as mean as his intelligence, and his morals as base as his lineage.†   (source)
  • Ay, ay, I know the devils; they look as innocent as so many frisky fawns, but there is not one among them all that has not an eye on our smallest motions.†   (source)
  • 'When—when—he has eaten'—the hillman fawned on Kim—'it—it is requested that the Holy One will do the honour to talk to one who would speak to him.'†   (source)
  • Ivan Ilych told of how he had been feted by everybody in Petersburg, how all those who had been his enemies were put to shame and now fawned on him, how envious they were of his appointment, and how much everybody in Petersburg had liked him.†   (source)
  • She hastened to make the acquaintance of the teachers and their wives, even made up to Kolya's schoolfellows, and fawned upon them in the hope of thus saving Kolya from being teased, laughed at, or beaten by them.†   (source)
  • I think I will get mother to bathe it for me,' and off rushed the noisy boy, leaving Fritz and me to see to the fawns and examine the rabbits.†   (source)
  • There was no odious cupidity in Mr. Borthrop Trumbull—nothing more than a sincere sense of his own merit, which, he was aware, in case of rivalry might tell against competitors; so that if Peter Featherstone, who so far as he, Trumbull, was concerned, had behaved like as good a soul as ever breathed, should have done anything handsome by him, all he could say was, that he had never fished and fawned, but had advised him to the best of his experience, which now extended over twenty years from the time of his apprenticeship at fifteen, and was likely to yield a knowledge of no surreptitious kind.†   (source)
  • Many are the cubs, and many are the speckled fawns that I have reared with these old hands, until I have even fancied them rational and altered beings—but what did it amount to?†   (source)
  • As he pronounced these words aloud, a voice very near him called out in a low and cautious tone, "Wamba!" and, at the same time, a dog, which he recognised to be Fangs, jumped up and fawned upon him.†   (source)
  • You know I have stood by when you fawned and flattered other people, and I remember pretty well what THAT always led to.'†   (source)
  • The dogs sniffed about in the grass while Fritz was away after the rabbits, out popped these little fawns and away they went bounding and skipping, at the rate of thirty miles an hour, with Storm, Grumble and the dogs at their heels.†   (source)
  • All at once, a gust of wind, more merry than the rest, and probably charged with performing the affairs of Springtime, swept down from the nursery, flung itself on the alley, enveloped the young girl in a delicious shiver, worthy of Virgil's nymphs, and the fawns of Theocritus, and lifted her dress, the robe more sacred than that of Isis, almost to the height of her garter.†   (source)
  • A shaven, crouching Balti, who had come down with the horses, and who was nominally some sort of degraded Buddhist, fawned upon the priest, and in thick gutturals besought the Holy One to sit at the horseboys' fire.†   (source)
  • 'Oh, well, father, perhaps we did not ride for quite a quarter of an hour, and, of course, I can't say exactly how fast we were going; and then, you see, the fawns did not run in a straight line; at any rate Fritz heard us, and he and Franz and I leashed the legs of the pretty creatures, and then we mounted again, and presently saw a wretch of a cuckoo, who led us ever so far out of our course by cuckooing and making faces at us and then hopping away.†   (source)
  • How many proud painted dames would have fawned and smiled, and how many spendthrift blockheads done me lip-service to my face and cursed me in their hearts, while I turned that ten thousand pounds into twenty!†   (source)
  • He led these ashore, startled as fawns, and bound their hands behind them, using the well-cut thongs they wore as belts round braided combat-shirts.†   (source)
  • A lion, discovering a forest bed, and picking up in his great fangs the fawns of a swift doe, will shake and break their backs and rend their tender lives away with ease, while she is powerless to help, though near, but feels a dreadful trembling come upon her; bolting the spot, she leaps through underbrush at full stretch, drenched in sweat, before the onset of the strong beast of prey.†   (source)
  • Lennie gulped and his smile grew more fawning.†   (source)
  • Her manner was fawning again, intimate and unpleasant.†   (source)
  • This was the creature, neither child nor woman, that drove me through the dusk that summer evening, untroubled by love, taken aback by the power of her own beauty, hesitating on the cool edge of life; one who had suddenly found herself armed, unawares; the heroine of a fairy story turning over in her hands the magic ring; she had only to stroke it with her fingertips and whisper the charmed word, for the earth to open at her feet and belch forth her titanic servant, the fawning monster who would bring her whatever she asked, but bring it, perhaps, in unwelcome shape.†   (source)
  • The negroes were cavorting with joy: they pressed around their fierce commander, seizing and kissing his hand, fawning upon him, adoring him.†   (source)
  • She crouched low like a fawning dog.†   (source)
  • This shiny pebble is Madame Carlo, and I will bury her deep because of her fawning and ingratiating manners, because of the sixpence she gave me for keeping my knuckles flat when I played my scales.†   (source)
  • She smiled, and her manner, instead of being still and unbending as it usually was, became startlingly familiar, fawning even.†   (source)
  • To begin with, always to be doing work that one did not wish to do, and to do it like a slave, flattering and fawning, not always necessarily perhaps, but it seemed necessary and the stakes were too great to run risks; and then the thought of that one gift which it was death to hide—a small one but dear to the possessor—perishing and with it my self, my soul,—all this became like a rust eating away the bloom of the spring, destroying the tree at its heart.†   (source)
  • [with cold disgust] You talk like a hysterical woman fawning on a fiddler†   (source)
  • Infernally fawning and familiar—and that sort of thing ...†   (source)
  • Servile and fawning as he had been before, he was now as domineering and bellicose.†   (source)
  • What do I care for them all, and my fawning upon them!†   (source)
  • How the devil can you dream of fawning on me?†   (source)
  • That mean, fawning fellow, worm himself into such promotion!'†   (source)
  • He was surrounded by people congratulating him and fawning upon him.†   (source)
  • A moment afterwards, he was as fawning and as humble as ever.†   (source)
  • A spirit of contempt for the fawners and plotters.†   (source)
  • The Saddhu followed the policeman, fawning and supplicating.†   (source)
  • "We're just setting the house in order, Alan," said James, in his frightened and somewhat fawning way.†   (source)
  • Shame on the coward, caitiff hands That smote their Lord or with a kiss Betrayed him to the rabble-rout Of fawning priests—no friends of his.†   (source)
  • Arising, he greeted the fawning dogs and stretched his cramped body, and then, gathering together bunches of dead sage sticks, he lighted a fire.†   (source)
  • When, in fact, there was nothing to that fawning poet laureate and flunky of the Julians, that oh-so-urbane inkslinger and rhetorical show-off without a spark of creativity, whose soul, if he had one, was secondhand at best, who was not a poet at all, but a Frenchman togged out in a full Augustan wig of flowing curls.†   (source)
  • Or rather, when Hans Castorp sat there and chatted away with the fawning barber deftly doing his work, after time had done its, or when he stood at his balcony door and cut his nails with the shears and file he had taken from a pretty velvet etui, he was suddenly overcome with the old dizziness that was mixed with a scary sense of curious delight, an ambiguous dizziness that made him feel not only unsteady, but also beguiled by his whirling inability to differentiate between "still" and "again," out of whose blurred jumble emerge the timeless "always" and "ever."†   (source)
  • It may be worth thinking of by Fawners of all denominations—in Westminster Abbey and Saint Paul's Cathedral put together, on any Sunday in the year.†   (source)
  • The cant of the lying world is, that men like me compass our riches by dissimulation and treachery: by fawning, cringing, and stooping.†   (source)
  • Freedom, free thought and science, will lead them into such straits and will bring them face to face with such marvels and insoluble mysteries, that some of them, the fierce and rebellious, will destroy themselves, others, rebellious but weak, will destroy one another, while the rest, weak and unhappy, will crawl fawning to our feet and whine to us: "Yes, you were right, you alone possess His mystery, and we come back to you, save us from ourselves!"†   (source)
  • 'You haven't need to say so much, nor half so much, nor anything at all,' observed Uriah, half defiant, and half fawning.†   (source)
  • He received me in his usual fawning way, and pretended not to have heard of my arrival from Mr. Micawber; a pretence I took the liberty of disbelieving.†   (source)
  • But I thought — I implore you to remember the narrow construction which has been my besetting sin — that, in a case where there was so much disparity in point of years —' 'That's the way to put it, you see, Master Copperfield!' observed Uriah, with fawning and offensive pity.†   (source)
  • 'Present circumstances is not what your friends would wish for you, Mister Copperfield, but it isn't money makes the man: it's — I am really unequal with my umble powers to express what it is,' said Uriah, with a fawning jerk, 'but it isn't money!'†   (source)
  • Then Percivale perceived that, and cast down his shield which was broken; and then he did off his helm for to gather wind, for he was greatly enchafed with the serpent: and the lion went alway about him fawning as a spaniel.†   (source)
  • base spaniel-fawning   (source)
    fawning = excessive affection
  • The dog yelped running to them, reared up and pawed them, dropping on all fours, again reared up at them with mute bearish fawning.   (source)
    fawning = showing excessive affection
  • How I would make him fawn, and beg, and seek,   (source)
    fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  • [Aside] How like a fawning publican he looks!   (source)
    fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • Why should I fawn? what have I worse to fear?   (source)
    fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  • I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius,
    The more you beat me, I will fawn on you:
    Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
    Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
    Unworthy as I am, to follow you.   (source)
    fawn = show excessive affection
  • "Hence it follows of necessity, that vast numbers of our people are compelled to seek their livelihood by begging, robbing, stealing, cheating, pimping, flattering, suborning, forswearing, forging, gaming, lying, fawning, hectoring, voting, scribbling, star-gazing, poisoning, whoring, canting, libelling, freethinking, and the like occupations:" every one of which terms I was at much pains to make him understand.   (source)
    fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
  • Thy brother by decree is banished:
    If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn for him,
    I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.   (source)
    fawn = excessively flatter
  • if you know
    That I do fawn on men,   (source)
    fawn = show excessive flattery or affection
  • When I protest true loyalty to her, She twits me with my falsehood to my friend; When to her beauty I commend my vows, She bids me think how I have been forsworn In breaking faith with Julia whom I lov'd; And notwithstanding all her sudden quips, The least whereof would quell a lover's hope, Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love The more it grows and fawneth on her still.†   (source)
    standard suffix: Today, the suffix "-eth" is replaced by "-s", so that where they said "She fawneth" in older English, today we say "She fawns."
  • Weak as the doe that beds down her fawns
    in a mighty lion's den—her newborn sucklings—
    then trails off to the mountain spurs and grassy bends
    to graze her fill, but back the lion comes to his own lair
    and the master deals both fawns a ghastly bloody death,
    just what Odysseus will deal that mob—ghastly death.†   (source)
  • Weak as the doe that beds down her fawns
    in a mighty lion's den—her newborn sucklings—
    then trails off to the mountain spurs and grassy bends
    to graze her fill, but back the lion comes to his own lair
    and the master deals both fawns a ghastly bloody death,
    just what Odysseus will deal that mob—ghastly death.†   (source)
  • And thou, sly hypocrite, who now wouldst seem
    Patron of liberty, who more than thou
    Once fawned, and cringed, and servilely adored
    Heaven's awful Monarch?†   (source)
  • I might have contracted it, but I resolved to give it you at large, that you might observe how those that despised what I had proposed, no sooner perceived that the Cardinal did not dislike it but presently approved of it, fawned so on him and flattered him to such a degree, that they in good earnest applauded those things that he only liked in jest; and from hence you may gather how little courtiers would value either me or my counsels.†   (source)
  • About them round
    A lion now he stalks with fiery glare;
    Then as a tiger, who by chance hath spied
    In some purlieu two gentle fawns at play,
    Straight couches close, then, rising, changes oft
    His couchant watch, as one who chose his ground,
    Whence rushing, he might surest seize them both,
    Griped in each paw: when, Adam first of men
    To first of women Eve thus moving speech,
    Turned him, all ear to hear new utterance flow.†   (source)
  • The pack's not barking,
    must be fawning around him.†   (source)
  • But they wouldn't attack my men; they just came pawing
    up around them, fawning, swishing their long tails—
    eager as hounds that fawn around their master,
    coming home from a feast,
    who always brings back scraps to calm them down.†   (source)
  • You say true:— Why, what a candy deal of courtesy This fawning greyhound then did proffer me!†   (source)
  • False tears and fawning words the city won.†   (source)
  • Whom Ancus follows, with a fawning air, But vain within, and proudly popular.†   (source)
  • Then Percivale perceived that, and cast down his shield which was broken; and then he did off his helm for to gather wind, for he was greatly enchafed with the serpent: and the lion went alway about him fawning as a spaniel.†   (source)
  • No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp; And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee Where thrift may follow fawning.†   (source)
  • What Diomede or Thetis' greater son,
    A thousand ships, nor ten years' siege had done
    False tears and fawning words the city won.†   (source)
  • Bestow thy fawning smiles on equal mates, And think my patience, more than thy desert, Is privilege for thy departure hence.†   (source)
  • Among those who did him the honours of the town was a little Abbe of Perigord, one of those busybodies who are ever alert, officious, forward, fawning, and complaisant; who watch for strangers in their passage through the capital, tell them the scandalous history of the town, and offer them pleasure at all prices.†   (source)
  • right or wrong, than on governing well those they possess: and, among the ministers of princes, there are none that are not so wise as to need no assistance, or at least, that do not think themselves so wise that they imagine they need none; and if they court any, it is only those for whom the prince has much personal favour, whom by their fawning and flatteries they endeavour to fix to their own interests; and, indeed, nature has so made us, that we all love to be flattered and to please ourselves with our own notions: the old crow loves his young, and the ape her cubs.†   (source)
  • He, bolder now, uncalled before her stood,
    But as in gaze admiring: oft he bowed
    His turret crest, and sleek enamelled neck,
    Fawning; and licked the ground whereon she trod.†   (source)
  • The triple porter of the Stygian seat, With lolling tongue, lay fawning at thy feet, And, seiz'd with fear, forgot his mangled meat.†   (source)
  • Intrepid on her swelling dugs they hung; The foster dam loll'd out her fawning tongue: They suck'd secure, while, bending back her head, She lick'd their tender limbs, and form'd them as they fed.†   (source)
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  • Once my dad hit a mother deer with his truck, making an orphan of its fawn.†   (source)
  • Two deer and a fawn grazed in the hay, small dun figures at that distance.†   (source)
  • She related her stories with a sparkle in her eye and listened to his with a ready laugh; and she was the very image of patience whenever their conversation was interrupted by someone who had approached the table to fawn over his latest picture.†   (source)
  • He'd trained him to lie in the woods like a fawn.†   (source)
  • Scarlett looked around, and saw a man in a fawn-colored raincoat squatting in front of a gravestone.†   (source)
  • Maybe it was the angle, but her fawn's eyes, looking up at me, seemed larger than ever.†   (source)
  • Fawn to doe.†   (source)
  • Once Harold was driving the cornpicker, when Jess was a boy, and there was a fawn lying in the corn, and Harold drove right over it rather than leave the row standing, or turn, or even just stop and chase it away.†   (source)
  • Some were naked and carrying their clothes; others half-naked, or more or less dressed, in school uniforms, grey, blue, fawn, jacketed, or jerseyed.†   (source)
  • She reminded Kit of a young fawn that had wandered near the house one morning.†   (source)
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  • Frozen as a startled fawn.†   (source)
  • The fawn comes out on a rail and you touch it and it goes back... But it was not a time for jokes and I let it fall.†   (source)
  • The rest of her body was its natural shade—more the color of fawn than coal.†   (source)
  • I am Papa's fawn!†   (source)
  • Some of the women had newborn babies too, teeny fawn-colored frowning things, which the mothers wrap up in great big bundles of cloths and blankets and even little woolly caps, in all this heat!†   (source)
  • They needed to know that I wasn't going to fawn over them.†   (source)
  • To be whole and safe I must hide in the foliage, odorless as a newborn fawn.†   (source)
  • You have to fawn over them.†   (source)
  • With that cold wind stirring, she saw, stretched across the path, a golden fawn.†   (source)
  • She bought a white blouse next and a nightgown-fawn trimmed in sea foam.†   (source)
  • And seeing her pitiful, trusting face, Max was almost grateful, because the appalling sight of the demon pretending to fawn over this helpless woman was so infuriating that Max momentarily forgot Vyndra.†   (source)
  • Only the captain of the Fawn had given them reasons for his refusal.†   (source)
  • He is positively dripping with self-satisfaction, just waiting for the girls to fawn over him.†   (source)
  • I froze, and so did the doe, heavy with fawn.†   (source)
  • She shook her shoulders gently, and her beautiful fawn-colored wings unfolded a bit.†   (source)
  • When he sees Lazenby's mother, he remembers their house, all warmth and friendliness; eating toast spread with peanut butter, playing catch in the back yard with Major, the fawn-colored boxer; he and Lazenby and Buck, each trying to kill the other in a game of Horse under the basketball net.†   (source)
  • He wondered how she remained so unaware of her own appeal as she sat there, fretting, her poorly cut fawn-colored hair standing up in tufts and spikes, aroused by her restless hands, thin lines of annoyance and doubt running between her big, whiskey-colored eyes.†   (source)
  • The baby cradled in her arm, her cloak half open, showing the upper part of the brown, braid-edged cross on her fawn dress; eyes that seemed to see nothing as they looked towards the house from a face set hard as granite...Then she shook the reins, and drove off.†   (source)
  • One was a youth, dressed only in a fawn-skin, with vine-leaves wreathed in his curly hair.†   (source)
  • In a way, she looked as vulnerable as a day-old fawn.†   (source)
  • Or a baby fawn that the doe had left hidden in the tall grass.†   (source)
  • Not even the fawn-eyed bodyguard had been with him.†   (source)
  • Lee's attention was drawn to this speckled fawn-colored chunk of wood by the bullet holes in it.†   (source)
  • A single fawn now began outdistancing its pursuers too.†   (source)
  • The doe carefully nudged the fawn off the path, keeping herself between it and them.†   (source)
  • He came in civilian clothes, a light grey jacket and fawn drill trousers, slightly American in cut, so that he stood out as a stranger in the crowd.†   (source)
  • The clouds had changed colour now, changed from pink and fawn to a dazzling white.†   (source)
  • Detached from mankind—thrust back with sharp insults or, simply, blank stares by those whose activities he indifferently impedes—fawned over by fools who, in an analogous situation, cannot walk past a sleeping dog without calling to it and holding out their fingers—smiled at by children who tomorrow will frown or fawn, like their parents—the policeman little by little slides away from whatever comfortable humanity he may once have shared with his neighbors.†   (source)
  • Curves, scrolls, dark brown areas on light brown, were beautifully placed on her body, as if by design, with pools about the eyes, at the nape of her neck, at the wrist, and about her legs too, like fawn spots, visible through her stockings.†   (source)
  • Now she could see the skins of animals on the red brick floor: some kind of wildcat, or perhaps a small leopard, and a big fawn-colored skin of some buck.†   (source)
  • I used to hop around the garden—we had a very large garden—chanting, "I am Papa's fawn!†   (source)
  • But the wind was gusting through the treetops, and the stray was intent on the motions of the fawn.†   (source)
  • And then he would stroke my hair with his cold hands and say, "Papa has to go now, my fawn.†   (source)
  • Well, he's no fawn, he's made that clear enough.†   (source)
  • To fawn over that revolting hag while she spins her lies and stories?†   (source)
  • The White Fawn was young and fair, they say.†   (source)
  • Not long after, they came upon three wolves devouring the corpse of a fawn.†   (source)
  • As if sensing the upcoming chase, the fawn swished its tail and bolted down the path.†   (source)
  • Everywhere grew lavender violets, red fire pinks and white fawn's breath.†   (source)
  • Victarion let them fawn, until one began to praise Euron's daring.†   (source)
  • For a moment, the dead, staring eyes of the fawn cleared, shone as gold as its hind.†   (source)
  • He has adopted a fawn some of my men brought home from a hunt.†   (source)
  • Watching the action, with an inquisitive tilt of its delicate head, stood the golden fawn.†   (source)
  • He would have thought that the White Fawn would have taught Merrett to stay clear of outlaw wenches.†   (source)
  • While Father plays lion and fawn with the Stark boy, Renly marches up the roseroad.†   (source)
  • It was not like those two to miss a chance to fawn on her.†   (source)
  • One of them flushed a lone fawn from a hiding place in a willow clump.†   (source)
  • He paused, pulled on his long black coat, which had hung in the front hall, incongruous beside Mr. Frost's tweed jacket and fawn mackintosh.†   (source)
  • I was just working my lure in close to the boat when I heard the boy giggle quietly, and I turned to see him reaching out to touch a fawn.†   (source)
  • When they had touched, the fawn turned and walked slowly back up into the hazel brush, where I could now see the mother, frantic with worn.†   (source)
  • The other deer shrieked, executed three springing leaps, then vanished into the woods with the fawn close behind.†   (source)
  • We just sat for a time, watching time hazel brush where the fawn and mother had disappeared, and I had one long, intense moment of gratitude that is still going on, gratitude that I have seen such a thing.†   (source)
  • Max, did you get the fawn?†   (source)
  • He came and went in an armored American-made SUV, accompanied by a bodyguard, a fawn-eyed killer of twenty-five, who sat outside the door of the conservation lab whenever he was present.†   (source)
  • Anguy would teach her to use a bow, and she could ride with Gendry and be an outlaw, like Wenda the White Fawn in the songs.†   (source)
  • She pulled out the box of Con Brios, a smaller package of Van Raalte gloves, and another containing her fawn-trimmed-in-sea-foam shortie nightgown.†   (source)
  • The little girl did not look at the howling crowd but from the side the whites of her eyes showed like those of a frightened fawn.†   (source)
  • The Fawn is my livelihood.†   (source)
  • While his fellow squire Jaime Lannister was covering himself in glory, Merrett had first caught the pox from a camp follower, then managed to get captured by a woman, the one called the White Fawn.†   (source)
  • That old rogue Ulmer of the Kingswood proved as adept at dancing as he was at archery, no doubt regaling his partners with his tales of the Kingswood Brotherhood, when he rode with Simon Toyne and Big Belly Ben and helped Wenda the White Fawn burn her mark in the buttocks of her highborn captives.†   (source)
  • He remained in the same position, motionless as the figures in the painting, until the fawn-eyed bodyguard entered the lab and pressed a mobile phone urgently into his palm.†   (source)
  • Every man at Castle Black had heard Ulmer's tales of the great outlaw band of yore; of Simon Toyne and the Smiling Knight, Oswyn Longneck the Thrice-Hanged, Wenda the White Fawn, Fletcher Dick, Big Belly Ben, and all the rest.†   (source)
  • Three other First Years had just set the best mark, a thirty-one, on a Level Three scenario requiring them to track and capture a golden fawn.†   (source)
  • Each one waits for the other to move, but the lion is still, poised, his tail twitching, while the fawn is frozen by fear, bowels turned to jelly.†   (source)
  • Our goal is to use sunbursts and frighten the fawn to the central clearing, where we can converge on it.†   (source)
  • Frey's chief contributions to the fight had consisted of contracting the pox from a camp follower and getting himself captured by the White Fawn.†   (source)
  • Veering to the left, he sprinted out into the meadow, estimating the best angle at which to cross the clearing and intercept the fawn.†   (source)
  • Squinting, he saw a shape emerge from the shadows, walking slowly and clearly too big to be the fawn.†   (source)
  • Max quickened his pace and ignored the sting of branches that whipped at his face, but the golden fawn always managed to bound ahead just out of reach, holding to the gentle curve of the trail.†   (source)
  • All of him was hidden by his angelic face, and for this he had no more concern or responsibility than has a fawn for the dappling spots on its young hide.†   (source)
  • Atop this ridge little puffs of cloud, sun-tinted fawn and pink, were rising and falling to the breath of unseen air draughts.†   (source)
  • An eagle accompanied them, soaring and returning in great, wide arcs, and once they surprised a doe and her little fawn.†   (source)
  • They sailed in bathing costumes, Dwight Towers in an old pair of fawn trunks and the girl in a two-piece costume mainly white; they had shirts with them in the boat in case of sunburn.†   (source)
  • The fawn leaped into view not twenty feet ahead of the wolf, who paused to watch it for an instant, then raced off in pursuit.†   (source)
  • The wolf ran hard for fifty yards without gaining perceptibly on the fawn, then suddenly broke off the chase and trotted back to rejoin his fellows.†   (source)
  • To begin with, he told me that a healthy adult caribou can outrun a wolf with ease, and even a three-week-old fawn can outrun all but the swiftest wolf.†   (source)
  • I'm not sure what I had in mind — possibly I may have intended to chase down a caribou fawn myself, just to show those incompetent beasts how it was done.†   (source)
  • Fawns were often tested more severely than adults, and a wolf might chase a fawn for two or three hundred yards; but unless the young animal had given signs of weakness or exhaustion within that distance, the chase was usually abandoned.†   (source)
  • That fawn should have been doomed, and it certainly would have been if even a tenth of the wolfish reputation was in fact deserved; yet during the next hour at least twelve separate rushes were made by all three wolves against single fawns, a doe with a fawn, or groups of does and fawns, and in every case the chase was broken off almost before it was well begun.†   (source)
  • To lap the scornful stroking fingers of position; to fawn miserably before an emblem.†   (source)
  • I'll buy you fawn-colored spats this year.†   (source)
  • I have killed the panther, I have killed the fawn!†   (source)
  • I have never seen a mule or horse coloured like a young fawn before.†   (source)
  • He had on a light fawn overcoat, and a travelling-cap.†   (source)
  • There was a white fawn with them—a very great sign.†   (source)
  • My head hummed with my fasting—I did not even see the panther spring upon the white fawn.†   (source)
  • I shouted and the panther lifted his head from the fawn.†   (source)
  • Scarlett thought she had never seen such elegant pants as he wore, fawn colored, shepherd's plaid, and checked.†   (source)
  • From the first to the third floor of his house, the lighted kitchens behind bedrooms cast their dull stain on the windows-one dusky brass, one fawn, one murky grey.†   (source)
  • With his own hand he led them out of the stable, in order to display to advantage their handsome coats,—not bluish white, as with white horses, but a rich, deep ivory, that in shadow changed to fawn-colour.†   (source)
  • The Wilkes butler, Tom, was hurrying through the halls, a silver tray in his hands, bowing and grinning, as he offered tall glasses to young men in fawn and gray trousers and fine ruffled linen shirts.†   (source)
  • The next morning, when Lujon went to call Father Vaillant for breakfast, he found him in the barnyard, leading the two mules about and smoothing their fawn-coloured flanks, but his face was not the cheerful countenance of yesterday.†   (source)
  • There was something of the fawn in her shy grace and startled eyes.†   (source)
  • Wariness is an instinct born in the fawn.†   (source)
  • We named the two puppies Bruno and Fawn, and so ended this important domestic business.†   (source)
  • not for worlds," said Miss Sharp, starting back as timid as a fawn.†   (source)
  • 'What do you call yourself?' the Fawn said at last.†   (source)
  • Of all the Sioux girls, Tachechana (or the Fawn) was the lightest-hearted and the most envied.†   (source)
  • 'I'll tell you, if you'll move a little further on,' the Fawn said.†   (source)
  • When the wolf finds the fawn, does he lie down and sleep?†   (source)
  • 'I'm a Fawn!' it cried out in a voice of delight, 'and, dear me!†   (source)
  • Tachechana, the skipping fawn of the Tetons, is too weak, to prop a warrior, who is old.†   (source)
  • Proudest of all was his waistcoat, saved for, begged for, plotted for; a real Fancy Vest of fawn with polka dots of a decayed red, the points astoundingly long.†   (source)
  • The place was crowded with Scandinavian farmwives, standing aloof in shawls and ancient fawn-colored leg o' mutton jackets, awaiting the return of their lords.†   (source)
  • 'Kiss me, my darling,' or 'Timid Fawn?'†   (source)
  • She held up her hands, strong, shapely hands, and surveyed them critically, drawing up her fawn sleeves above the wrists.†   (source)
  • And did Elizabeth give one thought to poor Miss Kilman who loved her without jealousy, to whom she had been a fawn in the open, a moon in a glade?†   (source)
  • Clyde paused and gazed as a tall and somewhat dandified-looking youth, sharp of face and with murky-gray eyes, steered a trim, young, plump girl in fawn gray and with a light chestnut braid of hair laid carefully above her forehead, into the middle of the room.†   (source)
  • ......That night Shefford found her waiting for him in the moonlight—a girl who was as transparent as crystal-clear water, who had left off the somber gloom with the black hood, who tremulously embraced happiness without knowing it, who was one moment timid and wild like a half-frightened fawn, and the next, exquisitely half-conscious of what it meant to be thought dead, but to be alive, to be awakening, wondering, palpitating, and to be loved.†   (source)
  • And among the oaks the bluebells stood in pools of azure, under the new green hazels, upon a pale fawn floor of oak-leaves.†   (source)
  • Wodger, of the "Purple Fawn," and Mr. Jaggers, the cobbler, who also sold old second-hand ordinary bicycles, were stretching a string of union-jacks and royal ensigns (which had originally celebrated the first Victorian Jubilee) across the road.†   (source)
  • Even the flowers, you have to fawn on them—" Rhythmically, Miriam was swaying and stroking the flower with her mouth, inhaling the scent which ever after made her shudder as it came to her nostrils.†   (source)
  • RAGUENEAU: And Venus so attracted their eyes that Diana could secretly pass by with— (He holds up a shoulder of mutton): —her fawn!†   (source)
  • And now it was like riding, to be rushing up Whitehall; and to each movement of the omnibus the beautiful body in the fawn-coloured coat responded freely like a rider, like the figure-head of a ship, for the breeze slightly disarrayed her; the heat gave her cheeks the pallor of white painted wood; and her fine eyes, having no eyes to meet, gazed ahead, blank, bright, with the staring incredible innocence of sculpture.†   (source)
  • CYRANO: By dint of seeing you at every turn Make friends,—and fawn upon your frequent friends With mouth wide smiling, slit from ear to ear!†   (source)
  • Uncas, you are right; the dark-hair has been here, and she has fled like a frightened fawn, to the wood; none who could fly would remain to be murdered.†   (source)
  • And like a fawn who feels the breath of the pack of hounds, she rose, ran to the window, opened it, and rushed upon the balcony.†   (source)
  • A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany, hung with curtains of deep red damask, stood out like a tabernacle in the centre; the two large windows, with their blinds always drawn down, were half shrouded in festoons and falls of similar drapery; the carpet was red; the table at the foot of the bed was covered with a crimson cloth; the walls were a soft fawn colour with a blush of pink in it; the wardrobe, the toilet-table, the chairs were of darkly polished old mahogany.†   (source)
  • When did I ever cringe and fawn to you.†   (source)
  • He, passionate, studious, austere, and having already a bride in his Art; she a maiden of rarest beauty, and not more lovely than full of glee; all light and smiles, and frolicsome as the young fawn; loving and cherishing all things; hating only the Art which was her rival; dreading only the pallet and brushes and other untoward instruments which deprived her of the countenance of her lover.†   (source)
  • The hind led her fawn from the covert of high fern to the more open walks of the greenwood, and no huntsman was there to watch or intercept the stately hart, as he paced at the head of the antler'd herd.†   (source)
  • And that timid fawn starts not with fear, When I steal to her secret bower; And that young May violet to me is dear, And I visit the silent streamlet near, To look on the lovely flower.†   (source)
  • These mail-wagons were two-wheeled cabriolets, upholstered inside with fawn-colored leather, hung on springs, and having but two seats, one for the postboy, the other for the traveller.†   (source)
  • There were spaces full of heather in flower, and plots of violets alternated with the confused patches of the trees that were grey, fawn, or golden coloured, according to the nature of their leaves.†   (source)
  • He wore a charming summer jacket of a fawn shade, light thin trousers, a waistcoat of the same, new and fine linen, a cravat of the lightest cambric with pink stripes on it, and the best of it was, this all suited Pyotr Petrovitch.†   (source)
  • our journey lies through dell and dingle,
    Where the blithe fawn trips by its timid mother,
    Where the broad oak, with intercepting boughs,
    Chequers the sunbeam in the green-sward alley—
    Up and away!†   (source)
  • The balcony on which these young girls stood opened from a chamber richly tapestried in fawn-colored Flanders leather, stamped with golden foliage.†   (source)
  • The arrow of Tamenund would not frighten the fawn; his arm is withered like the branch of a dead oak; the snail would be swifter in the race; yet is Uncas before him as they went to battle against the pale faces!†   (source)
  • One would have pronounced them elegant grayhounds, circling, with inflated nostrils, round a poor woodland fawn, whom the glance of their master forbade them to devour.†   (source)
  • Notwithstanding the swiftness of their flight, one of the Indians had found an opportunity to strike a straggling fawn with an arrow, and had borne the more preferable fragments of the victim, patiently on his shoulders, to the stopping place.†   (source)
  • Her hair was shining and yellow, as the coat of the young fawn, and her skin clearer than the purest water that drips from the rock.†   (source)
  • Just then a Fawn came wandering by: it looked at Alice with its large gentle eyes, but didn't seem at all frightened.†   (source)
  • She called him the "panther of his tribe"; and described him as one whose moccasin left no trail on the dews; whose bound was like the leap of a young fawn; whose eye was brighter than a star in the dark night; and whose voice, in battle, was loud as the thunder of the Manitou.†   (source)
  • "You will ruffle the temper of the child, with your abusive language," said the cautious trapper, "while the lad, if left to human feelings, will bring her down to the meekness of a fawn.†   (source)
  • So they walked on together though the wood, Alice with her arms clasped lovingly round the soft neck of the Fawn, till they came out into another open field, and here the Fawn gave a sudden bound into the air, and shook itself free from Alice's arms.†   (source)
  • He therefore tells you to turn her out of your lodge, and when it is empty, he will send his own favourite, or rather she that was his favourite, the 'Skipping Fawn,' as the Siouxes call her, to fill her place.†   (source)
  • When he goes to hunt, the flower of the Pale-faces," she concluded, using in bitterness the metaphor which had been supplied by the imagination of her truant husband, "will whisper softly in his ears that the skin of his mother was red, and that she was once the Fawn of the Dahcotahs."†   (source)
  • Here have I cut the throats of two lively does, and a scampering fawn, without spot or stain; while you, blundering dog as you ar', have made as much work for Eester and her girls, as though butchering was your regular calling.†   (source)
  • The captive awaited a moment, for the commotion to subside, and then turning again to Le Balafre, he continued, in tones conciliating and kind, as if he felt the propriety of softening his refusal, in a manner not to wound the pride of one who would so gladly be his benefactor— "Let my father lean heavier on the fawn of the Dahcotahs," he said: "she is weak now, but as her lodge fills with young, she will be stronger.†   (source)
  • I have struck many a blow myself, but never have I felt the same ease of mind that of right belongs to a man who follows his reason, after slaying even a fawn when there was no call for his meat or hide, as I have felt at leaving a Mingo unburied in the woods, when following the trade of open and honest warfare.†   (source)
  • And Zeus that instant launched above the field the most portentous of all birds, an eagle, pinning in his talons a tender fawn.†   (source)
  • All marveled to see it,
    solid gold as it was, the hound slashing, throttling
    the fawn in its death-throes, hoofs flailing to break free.†   (source)
  • He was dressed this time in a clean red-and-fawn uniform, with a lace-trimmed stock and a neatly curled and powdered wig.†   (source)
  • King Odysseus ...
    he was wearing a heavy woolen cape, sea-purple
    in double folds, with a golden brooch to clasp it,
    twin sheaths for the pins, on the face a work of art:
    a hound clenching a dappled fawn in its front paws,
    slashing it as it writhed.†   (source)
  • But they wouldn't attack my men; they just came pawing
    up around them, fawning, swishing their long tails—
    eager as hounds that fawn around their master,
    coming home from a feast,
    who always brings back scraps to calm them down.†   (source)
  • Drawing back his head and gazing far from beneath his vailed eyelids he saw the bright fawn skin shine in the glare, the braided drums.†   (source)
  • THE HONOURABLE MRS MERVYN TALBOYS: (In amazon costume, hard hat, jackboots cockspurred, vermilion waistcoat, fawn musketeer gauntlets with braided drums, long train held up and hunting crop with which she strikes her welt constantly) Also me.†   (source)
  • BLOOM: (In an oatmeal sporting suit, a sprig of woodbine in the lapel, tony buff shirt, shepherd's plaid Saint Andrew's cross scarftie, white spats, fawn dustcoat on his arm, tawny red brogues, fieldglasses in bandolier and a grey billycock hat) Do you remember a long long time, years and years ago, just after Milly, Marionette we called her, was weaned when we all went together to Fairyhouse races, was it?†   (source)
  • A Prairie Sunset
    Shot gold, maroon and violet, dazzling silver, emerald, fawn,
    The earth's whole amplitude and Nature's multiform power consign'd
    for once to colors;
    The light, the general air possess'd by them—colors till now unknown,
    No limit, confine—not the Western sky alone—the high meridian—
    North, South, all,
    Pure luminous color fighting the silent shadows to the last.†   (source)
  • Then but forbear your food a little while, Whiles, like a doe, I go to find my fawn, And give it food.†   (source)
  • —And yet, I mean not those that have your bare town-art, To know who's fit to feed them; have no house, No family, no care, and therefore mould Tales for men's ears, to bait that sense; or get Kitchen-invention, and some stale receipts To please the belly, and the groin; nor those, With their court dog-tricks, that can fawn and fleer, Make their revenue out of legs and faces, Echo my lord, and lick away a moth: But your fine elegant rascal, that can rise, And stoop, almost together, like an arrow; Shoot through the air as nimbly as a star; Turn short as doth a swallow; and be here, And there, and here, and yonder, all at once; Present to any humour, all occasion; An†   (source)
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  • As she broke around a stand of reeds, a whitetail doe with last spring's fawn stood lapping water.   (source)
    fawn = young deer
  • Slowly, as though she might spring like a startled fawn, he walked over and studied it in her hand.   (source)
  • Many times she'd seen marsh waters swallow yesterday's story: deer prints by a creek or bobcat tracks near a dead fawn, vanished.   (source)
  • But as he got into his boat, he said, "Kya, when you see me out in the marsh, please don't hide in the grass like a spotted fawn."   (source)
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