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  • The walls bore the same ornamental plates, each featuring a highly colored, beribboned kitten, gamboling and frisking with sickening cuteness.†   (source)
  • Everything she did seemed to amuse him, as though she were a gamboling kitten.†   (source)
  • Carrie said nothing, and the horse gamboled on.†   (source)
  • But by darkness they gamboled in the warehouses and in and out of the schooners along the quay.†   (source)
  • The air was dark with Davises, and many Joneses gamboled like a flock of young giraffes.†   (source)
  • Then they were tottering after their mothers, gamboling at a day's growth, wilful as youth—and the carnage began.†   (source)
  • Reaching the first of the more important houses of Wykeagy Avenue, although he had not the slightest idea who lived there, he was gazing interestedly at the high wrought-iron fence, as well as the kempt lawn within, dimly illuminated by street lamps, and upon the surface of which he could detect many heaps of freshly fallen brown leaves being shaken and rolled by a winnowing and gamboling wind.†   (source)
  • The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols.†   (source)
  • The little kitten, feasting her eyes on him, seemed ready at any moment to start her gambols again and display her kittenish nature.†   (source)
  • "What mummery is this, De Bracy?" said Fitzurse, somewhat angrily; "is this a time for Christmas gambols and quaint maskings, when the fate of our master, Prince John, is on the very verge of decision?†   (source)
  • Above them was a bare, rounded rock, on each side of which the water played its gambols, and plunged into the abysses beneath, in the manner already described.†   (source)
  • When his gambols were over, I looked at the paper, and, to speak the truth, found myself not a little puzzled at what my friend had depicted.†   (source)
  • Stand still, and you will see him wait; Address him, and he gambols straight; If something's lost, he'll quickly bring it,— Your cane, if in the stream you fling it.†   (source)
  • When he was off duty with Mrs. Rawdon in the park, he would sit up here, passing hours with the boy; who rode on his chest, who pulled his great mustachios as if they were driving-reins, and spent days with him in indefatigable gambols.†   (source)
  • It was plain to see how old and firm the girlish heart was grown under the discipline of heavy sorrow; and when, anon, her large dark eye was raised to follow the gambols of her little Harry, who was sporting, like some tropical butterfly, hither and thither over the floor, she showed a depth of firmness and steady resolve that was never there in her earlier and happier days.†   (source)
  • It would have been easy to have imagined, in the ages of fable, that the god of the winds had permitted his subordinate agents to escape from their den, and that they now rioted, in wantonness, across wastes, where neither tree, nor work of man, nor mountain, nor obstacle of any sort, opposed itself to their gambols.†   (source)
  • Great fish beneath him gamboled from every quarter of the deep, aware their lord rode overhead; in laughter whitecaps parted, and the team full tilt airily drew unwetted the axle-tree; with leap on leap they bore him toward the beachhead.†   (source)
  • His watermelon-pink tongue lapped out, his whole body wiggled and his joyful contortions were as ludicrous as the gambolings of a mastiff.†   (source)
  • In the ecstasy of that thought they gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves into the air in great leaps of excitement.   (source)
    gambolled = frolicked (moved playfully)
    unconventional spelling: This is a British spelling. Americans use gamboled.
  • And finally there was a tremendous baying of dogs and a shrill crowing from the black cockerel, and out came Napoleon himself, majestically upright, casting haughty glances from side to side, and with his dogs gambolling round him.   (source)
    gambolling = frolicking (leaping playfully)
    unconventional spelling: This is a British spelling. Americans use gamboling.
  • And when they thought of how they had labored, what discouragements they had overcome, and the enormous difference that would be made in their lives when the sails were turning and the dynamos running — when they thought of all this, their tiredness forsook them and they gambolled round and round the windmill, uttering cries of triumph.   (source)
    gambolled = frolicked (moved playfully)
  • Hermione's Patronus, a shining silver otter, was gambolling around her.†   (source)
  • In the centre of the pool three of the strangest creatures were playfully gambolling over the water.†   (source)
  • He watched some of the foul kittens gambolling around the plates over her head, wondering what fresh horror she had in store for him.†   (source)
  • 'I know, I know,' moaned Mrs Weasley, lengthening her stride, 'but Mad-Eye wanted to wait for Sturgis… if only Arthur could have got us cars from the Ministry again… but Fudge won't let him borrow so much as an empty ink bottle these days… how Muggles can stand travelling without magic But the great black dog gave a joyful bark and gambolled around them, snapping at pigeons and chasing its own tail.†   (source)
  • One could hear the slap of the water and the patter of falling drops and a kind of hushing and hissing sound from the waves rolling and gambolling and slapping the rocks as if they were wild creatures who were perfectly free and tossed and tumbled and sported like this for ever.†   (source)
  • It was somehow slightly frightening, like the gambolling of tiger cubs which will soon grow up into man-eaters.†   (source)
  • This man's was different: soft, non-intellectual, warm, a kind of gambolling.†   (source)
  • He never played and gambolled about with the other puppies of the camp.†   (source)
  • I leaned back in the embrasure in a more comfortable position, so that I could enjoy more fully the aerial gambolling.†   (source)
  • By dint of leaping, climbing, gambolling amid the abysses of the gigantic cathedral he had become, in some sort, a monkey and a goat, like the Calabrian child who swims before he walks, and plays with the sea while still a babe.†   (source)
  • They have visitors in the high summer weather, when a grey cloak and umbrella, unknown to Chesney Wold at other periods, are seen among the leaves; when two young ladies are occasionally found gambolling in sequestered saw-pits and such nooks of the park; and when the smoke of two pipes wreathes away into the fragrant evening air from the trooper's door.†   (source)
  • Hetty's was a spring-tide beauty; it was the beauty of young frisking things, round-limbed, gambolling, circumventing you by a false air of innocence—the innocence of a young star-browed calf, for example, that, being inclined for a promenade out of bounds, leads you a severe steeplechase over hedge and ditch, and only comes to a stand in the middle of a bog.†   (source)
  • Just as we had passed through the grove in which we breakfasted, Turk suddenly darted away from us, and sprang furiously among a troop of monkeys, which were gambolling playfully on the turf at a little distance from the trees.†   (source)
  • One was an aged dog, whose strength seemed to be sustained purely by generous emulation, and the other a pup, that gambolled even while he pressed most warmly on the chase.†   (source)
  • No sail whitened the surface, no whale or other fish gambolled on its bosom, no sign of use or service rewarded the longest and most minute gaze at its boundless expanse.†   (source)
  • 'After gambolling in this way for a time, the whole multitude, as though at the word of command, alighted on the rice-fields, and began to feast on the fresh grain.†   (source)
  • In short, it seemed as though mirth and gaiety were frisking and gambolling all over the meadow.†   (source)
  • About them frisking played All beasts of the earth, since wild, and of all chase In wood or wilderness, forest or den; Sporting the lion ramped, and in his paw Dandled the kid; bears, tigers, ounces, pards, Gambolled before them; the unwieldy elephant, To make them mirth, used all his might, and wreathed His lithe proboscis; close the serpent sly, Insinuating, wove with Gordian twine His braided train, and of his fatal guile Gave proof unheeded; others on the grass Couched, and now…†   (source)
  • And Gerty, rapt in thought, scarce saw or heard her companions or the twins at their boyish gambols or the gentleman off Sandymount green that Cissy Caffrey called the man that was so like himself passing along the strand taking a short walk.†   (source)
  • Hefts of the moving world at innocent gambols silently rising freshly exuding, Scooting obliquely high and low.†   (source)
  • Master, there is three carters, three shepherds, three neat-herds, three swine-herds, that have made themselves all men of hair; they call themselves saltiers: and they have dance which the wenches say is a gallimaufry of gambols, because they are not in't; but they themselves are o' the mind (if it be not too rough for some that know little but bowling) it will please plentifully.†   (source)
  • Look on beauty And you shall see 'tis purchas'd by the weight: Which therein works a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that wear most of it: So are those crisped snaky golden locks Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Upon supposed fairness, often known To be the dowry of a second head, The skull that bred them, in the sepulchre.†   (source)
  • Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?†   (source)
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  • He was more alarming to me during his moments of levity than he was the rest of the time; it was like watching a lizard gambol.†   (source)
  • She keeps talking about letting down Ottaline Gambol.†   (source)
  • I wish Kate could see them, the way they gambol and swirl through the air.†   (source)
  • An elf covered in brindled fur leaped over Eragon and continued to gambol about, as often on all fours as on his feet.†   (source)
  • Then she began to laugh with her lips tight together, without giving up the fight, but defending herself with false bites and deweaseling her body little by little until they both were conscious of being adversaries and accomplices at the same time and the affray degenerated into a conventional gambol and the attacks became caresses.†   (source)
  • Thanks ever so for the midnight gambol about the old palatial grounds.†   (source)
  • All I can tell you is that when the Hogwarts Express first came to be—Ottaline Gambol herself offered me this job ….†   (source)
  • At every gambol played by the latter, it approached nigher to the dog, the growling of the three becoming more horrid at each moment, until the younger beast, over-leaping its intended bound, fell directly before the mastiff.†   (source)
  • But so have I seen little Miriam and Martha, laughing-eyed elves, heedlessly gambol around their old sire; sporting with the circle of singed locks which grew on the marge of that burnt-out crater of his brain.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Bird, looking the very picture of delight, was superintending the arrangements of the table, ever and anon mingling admonitory remarks to a number of frolicsome juveniles, who were effervescing in all those modes of untold gambol and mischief that have astonished mothers ever since the flood.†   (source)
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  • The gambol has been shown.'†   (source)
  • …organ sounds, Tremulous, while underneath, (as the hid footholds of the earth, On which arising rest, and leaping forth depend, All shapes of beauty, grace and strength, all hues we know, Green blades of grass and warbling birds, children that gambol and play, the clouds of heaven above,) The strong base stands, and its pulsations intermits not, Bathing, supporting, merging all the rest, maternity of all the rest, And with it every instrument in multitudes, The players playing, all the…†   (source)
  • TITANIA Be kind and courteous to this gentleman; Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes; Feed him with apricocks and dewberries, With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries; The honey bags steal from the humble-bees, And, for night-tapers, crop their waxen thighs, And light them at the fiery glow-worm's eyes, To have my love to bed and to arise; And pluck the wings from painted butterflies, To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes: Nod to him, elves, and do him courtesies.†   (source)
  • …and drinks off candles' ends for flap-dragons, and rides the wild-mare with the boys, and jumps upon joined-stools, and swears with a good grace, and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no bate with telling of discreet stories; and such other gambol faculties a' has, that show a weak mind and an able body, for the which the prince admits him: for the prince himself is such another; the weight of a hair will turn the scales between their avoirdupois.†   (source)
  • My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, And makes as healthful music: it is not madness That I have utter'd: bring me to the test, And I the matter will re-word; which madness Would gambol from.†   (source)
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  • In Gambol and Japes Wizarding Joke Shop, they met Fred, George, and Lee Jordan, who were stocking up on Dr. Filibuster's Fabulous Wet-Start, No-Heat Fireworks, and in a tiny junk shop full of broken wands, lopsided brass scales, and old cloaks covered in potion stains they found Percy, deeply immersed in a small and deeply boring book called Prefects Who Gained Power.   (source)
    gambol = a name
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