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  • a prodigious yawn   (source)
    prodigious = very large
  • Stanley [prodigiously elated]:   (source)
    prodigiously = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • they could feed prodigiously, and soon a few scattered bones were all that remained of the splendid live brute that had faced the pack a few hours before.   (source)
    prodigiously = far beyond what is usual
  • ...nothing living on it but game birds ... and the gulls which haunted the outlying rocks in a prodigious number.   (source)
    prodigious = enormous (a very large number)
  • Father Zeus, you send mankind prodigious follies.   (source)
    prodigious = enormous (far beyond what is usual in magnitude)
  • For more than two years the canal inadvertently diverted virtually all of the river's prodigious flow into the Salton sink.†   (source)
  • The hit of the village was the Japanese contingent, whose tradition of prodigious gift giving made them the collective Santa Claus of the Games.†   (source)
  • The wife of the tenor was cowering behind her husband's prodigious torso, and Kristina, one of the hotel's chambermaids, was backed against a wall, clutching an empty tray to her chest while at her feet lay a confusion of cutlery and kasha.†   (source)
  • I tell you, my dear, everyone in the higher circles is talking about your prodigious performance.†   (source)
  • "Prodigious," Mrs. Murry said.†   (source)
  • It covers seven tenths of the globe ...The sea is only a receptacle for all the prodigious, supernatural things that exist inside it.†   (source)
  • "He's American," observed a man sporting a prodigious beard.†   (source)
  • They have stayed on with me as assistants — and indeed their prodigious gifts have helped me tremendously but like myself, they cannot form a part of the team.†   (source)
  • Had it not been — forgive me the lack of seemly modesty — for my own prodigious skill, and for Professor Snape's timely action when I returned to Hogwarts, des-perately injured, I might not have lived to tell the tale.†   (source)
  • Robert will want a prodigious feast.†   (source)
  • Mulch had a prodigious appetite for tunnelling, and that, unfortunately, is a literal translation.†   (source)
  • Immediately the dirt began to absorb his strength at a prodigious rate.†   (source)
  • Sure enough, she had a toothbrush in the other hand and was doing her best to scrub his big white ivories as Marley, frothing prodigiously at the mouth, did his best to eat the toothbrush.†   (source)
  • His prodigious rear knocked people left and right with every stride.†   (source)
  • He would not believe that the Jesus Bible, with its absolutely prodigious abundance of words, gave no specific instructions to mothers of newborn twins.†   (source)
  • Not even his granddaughter's prodigious talent for extravagance was able to make a dent in his purse.†   (source)
  • The Turk's strength grew more prodigious with the months.†   (source)
  • Bublanski and his colleagues were convinced that the killer could be found among the man's prodigious network of fellow alcoholics and drug addicts, but despite their intensive work whoever it was had continued to elude the police.†   (source)
  • Clyde was five years younger than Edgar but not so sharp as he used to be, his flash-card memory a little less prodigious now.†   (source)
  • Big Mama was a cheerful leviathan who lived in A Dorm—quick with a play on words, generally benevolent, and prodigious in girth.†   (source)
  • He looked splendid in his black mail and purple robes, and he was leaning upon his prodigiously powerful cane—a cane that David believed held a page or two from the Book of Thoth.†   (source)
  • He had sent me a copy of his latest book, Infections and Inequalities, a prodigiously footnoted discourse with case studies of individual patients to illustrate its main themes—the connections between poverty and disease, the maldistribution of medical technologies in the world, and "the immodest claims of causality" that scholars and health bureaucrats had offered for those phenomena.†   (source)
  • We have suffered prodigiously for want of wood.†   (source)
  • Major Major grew despondent as he watched simple communications swell prodigiously into huge manuscripts.†   (source)
  • The Japanese cross fire maintained and even increased its prodigious volume.†   (source)
  • Guts on the walls: his prodigious brain emptied out onto his bedspread.†   (source)
  • Now he and Kara had the prodigious task of convincing this man that his true enemy was the Raison Strain, not Thomas Hunter.†   (source)
  • Now Mrs. Bradford would need a miracle to survive the loss of such a prodigious amount of blood.†   (source)
  • Physically, Stone was a thin, balding man with a prodigious memory that catalogued scientific facts and blue jokes with equal facility, But his most outstanding characteristic was a sense of impatience, the feeling he conveyed to everyone around him that they were wasting his time.†   (source)
  • He spoke with a smooth, cheerful assurance; Rearden had the impression that it was the assurance of a cardsharp who has spent a prodigious effort in memorizing every possible variation of the pattern, and is now safe in the knowledge that every card in the deck is marked.†   (source)
  • Though they ate prodigiously, they lost weight as the altitude and exercise whittled them down.†   (source)
  • He exhibits prodigious talents in every regard and his story is of importance to you because of your own recent experiences with people who eviscerate themselves and set themselves afire—and because of your losses in Colorado.†   (source)
  • His spindly legs had not made more than three prodigious strides when a couple of arrows took him simultaneously in the back and side, and he fell.†   (source)
  • They multiplied prodigiously, hung abundantly from the trees, crowded the skies until they were redolent of yeast.†   (source)
  • For all the gaps and years between their individual heydays on the program, it may be said (with few, and no really important, reservations) that all seven of the children had managed to answer over the air a prodigious number of alternately deadly-bookish and deadly-cute questions—sent in by listeners—with a freshness, an aplomb, that was considered unique in commercial radio.†   (source)
  • The rich and the well-born were not prodigious reproducers of their rare, thin-boned species, and my roommate Tradd had found himself in the unenviable position of bearing complete responsibility for carrying on the family name.†   (source)
  • They paid Mundt by a special system which they called Rolling Stone, and no doubt they treated the information he gave them with prodigious caution.†   (source)
  • One of the twins opened his mouth and yawned prodigiously and settled back to sleep.†   (source)
  • She had always had the makings of a legend in her: the prodigious strength, the fearlessness, the religious ardor, the visions she had in which she experienced moments of prescience.†   (source)
  • Except for that gaping oral cavity of hers and that prodigiously active tongue, she might as well be clad in breastplates, full armor.†   (source)
  • He said the Africans had prodigious skills as wood-carvers and that the country could supply the whole world with high-quality furniture.†   (source)
  • For all his elaborate show of indifference, for all his clowning, his play-acting, his sometimes arrogant, sometimes mysteriously gentle defiance and mocking of both prisoners and guards, he sweated prodigiously, throughout his stay, from what must have been nervousness.†   (source)
  • Your turn now, poor child, she thought; she felt as if a prodigious page were being silently turned, and the breath of its turning touched her heart with cold and tender awe.†   (source)
  • And she laid down the law that the name of Don Mclnnis and the name of Asphodel were not to cross our lips again.... The prodigious columns shone down and appeared tremulous with the tender light of summer which enclosed them all around, in equal and shadowless flame.†   (source)
  • to write a work of genius is almost always a feat of prodigious difficulty.   (source)
    prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • "Hawkins, I put prodigious faith in you," added the squire.   (source)
  • There was a prodigious roar of applause,   (source)
    prodigious = enormous
  • The crowd enjoyed this episode prodigiously,   (source)
    prodigiously = enormously
  • in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore   (source)
    prodigiously = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • As she had seen him twice and he had different suits on each time, Maggie had a dim impression that his wardrobe was prodigiously extensive.   (source)
    prodigiously = enormously; or of a magnitude or degree that is far beyond what is usual
  • I was ushered into a small room ... with a prodigious bed, almost big enough indeed for any four harpooneers to sleep abreast.   (source)
    prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
  • They were conducted to the platform by Buckstone ... and were delivered to the chairman in the midst of a prodigious explosion of welcome.   (source)
    prodigious = enormous; or far beyond the usual amount
  • This picture struck me prodigiously.†   (source)
  • The audience roared with laughter and "clapped prodigiously," sure that this, too, was part of the fun.†   (source)
  • And speaking of which: when Hassan Harbish showed up at the Kalman School in tenth grade after a decade of home-schooling, he was plenty smart, albeit not prodigiously so.†   (source)
  • At first it was wildly exciting, almost the first contact of its kind in my life, the feel of that little Baptist hand on my prodigiously straining shaft, and I capitulated immediately, drenching us both, which to my surprise (given her general squeamishness) she didn't seem to mind, blandly swabbing herself off with my proffered handkerchief But after three nights and nine separate orgasms (three each night, counted methodically) I have become very close to being desensitized, and I realize that there is something nearly insane about this activity.†   (source)
  • DANFORTH: Then there is a prodigious guilt in the country.†   (source)
  • In his public life, he demonstrated a prodigious talent for promotion and manipulation.†   (source)
  • King Robert had been a prodigious spender.†   (source)
  • The air whooshed out of him as Roran embraced him and squeezed with all of his prodigious strength.†   (source)
  • Tyrion eyed Mace Tyrell's broad belly and thought, He has a prodigious appetite, this one.†   (source)
  • "I thought 'prodigious' meant 'big,' " Shaunee said.†   (source)
  • "Prodigious, old man!" he cried, using his latest big word for anything he liked.†   (source)
  • The chaplain braced himself with a prodigious effort of the will and plunged ahead brazenly.†   (source)
  • Laughter spilled out of his prodigious frame like gravel being unloaded from a dump truck.†   (source)
  • Tireless, though, and his strength is prodigious.†   (source)
  • So these same men who saw the prodigious feats saw the ghost as well, yes?†   (source)
  • That was truly the most prodigious circle-casting I've ever experienced!†   (source)
  • "Prodigious," he whispered in reverence and awe.†   (source)
  • On May 28, following two and a half months of prodigious effort, a high camp was dug tenuously into the Southeast Ridge at 27,900 feet.†   (source)
  • They were no match for her, even thought there were four of them against one of her: She was a witch, as Harry knew, with prodigious skill and no conscience.†   (source)
  • Because Camp Three was the only camp on the entire mountain that we didn't share with the Sherpas (the ledge was too small to accommodate tents for all of us), it meant that here we had to do our own cooking-which mostly amounted to melting prodigious quantities of ice for drinking water.†   (source)
  • It occurs to me that Dumbledore, who had prodigious magical skill, whatever his other faults, might have enchanted this Snitch so that it will open only for you.†   (source)
  • They met in graduate school; he flitted from lab to lab with a prodigious curiosity but little perseverance.†   (source)
  • Maddened by that prodigious plaything, Jose Arcadio followed her path every night through the labyrinth of the room.†   (source)
  • Tyrion had heard that elsewhere along the Wall, between the three fortresses, the wildwood had come creeping back over the decades, that there were places where grey-green sentinels and pale white weirwoods had taken root in the shadow of the Wall itself, but Castle Black had a prodigious appetite for firewood, and here the forest was still kept at bay by the axes of the black brothers.†   (source)
  • Without knowing what to say, he paid ten reales more so that his sons could have that prodigious experience.†   (source)
  • It seemed so simple and so prodigious at the same time that overnight he lost all interest in his experiments in alchemy.†   (source)
  • That prodigious creature, said to possess the keys of Nostradamus, was a gloomy man, enveloped in a sad aura, with an Asiatic look that seemed to know what there was on the other side of things.†   (source)
  • He tried to seduce her with the charm of his fantasy, with the promise of a prodigious world where all one had to do was sprinkle some magic liquid on the ground and the plants would bear fruit whenever a man wished, and where all manner of instruments against pain were sold at bargain prices.†   (source)
  • Not because he was paralyzed by horror but because at that prodigious instant Melquiades' final keys were revealed to him and he saw the epigraph of the parchments perfectly placed in the order of man's time and space: The first of the line is tied to a tree and the last is being eaten by the ants.†   (source)
  • it came from much farther off, unearthed by the rain's pitchfork from the days when in Melquiades' room he would read the prodigious fables about flying carpets and whales that fed on entire ships and their crews.†   (source)
  • My dragons have developed a prodigious taste for mutton since we began to pay the shepherds for their kills.†   (source)
  • With the Varden, Eragon met again the girl Elva, who had grown with prodigious speed because of his spell.†   (source)
  • But he did not visit her as often as before, not because of the desolation in the house, as she supposed and as she said to him, but because of the novelty of a mule-drawn trolley at the turn of the new century, which proved to be a prodigious and original nest of free-flying little birds.†   (source)
  • So prodigious was her velocity, the Dragon Wing tilted far to the starboard, suspending Roran out over the rushing water.†   (source)
  • His injuries mended, Thorn halted his fall and began to ascend toward Saphira with prodigious speed, searing the air in front of him with a boiling spear of sullen red fire.†   (source)
  • Privately, Adams wrote of him with the delight of a naturalist taking notes on some rare and exotic specimen: Parson] W[ibird] is crooked, his head bends forward...His nose is a large Roman nose with a prodigious bunch protuberance upon the upper part of it.†   (source)
  • Three hours before dawn, Roran, Loring, Birgit, Gertrude, and Nolfavrell roused themselves and, fighting back prodigious yawns, congregated in the mansion's entryway, where they muffled themselves in long cloaks to obscure their faces.†   (source)
  • Galbatorix's wrath at her discovery had been prodigious; she had heard a growl like that of a mountain-sized dragon, and then he abandoned all subtlety, and for the rest of the session he subjected her to a series of fantastical torments.†   (source)
  • She also told him that after school she had often spent long hours in the notions shop with Transito Ariza, performing prodigious feats of embroidery, for she had been a notable teacher, and that if she had not continued seeing Florentino Ariza with the same frequency, it had not been through choice but because of how their lives had diverged.†   (source)
  • Even in the darkness, small as she was, she had an imposing presence, an aura of mystery but also of consequence and prodigious wisdom, probably the same power with which great generals and holy women alike elicited sacrifice from their followers.†   (source)
  • He would stand, acknowledge the introduction with a prodigious yawn, which invariably brought a mass response from the audience, then sit down and go back to sleep.†   (source)
  • Clara noticed that her son often had bad moments, but even her prodigious intuition did not allow her to make the connection between the Oriental pipes Nicolas smoked, his strange deliriums, his periodic drowsiness, and his attacks of sudden happiness, because she had never heard of that or any other drug.†   (source)
  • I heard their thunder, their storm, the whole prodigious solidarity of the brotherhood accompanying my charge down the court.†   (source)
  • While the dwarves fenced with the soldiers, Roran went to anearby elf who—with a snarl fixed on his face—was emptying his quiver at a prodigious speed, sending each of his arrows arcing toward Barst.†   (source)
  • From the advantage we now possess, I think General Howe must be repulsed whenever he attacks, but should he be able to carry the island, it must be with so prodigious a loss that victory will be ruin.†   (source)
  • And men say he performed prodigious feats of valor on the Blackwater, fighting beside Lord Renly's ghost.†   (source)
  • A huge man with a great bush of beard and a prodigious appetite for wine and women, he bellowed, belched, farted like a thunderclap, and pinched every serving girl who came within his reach.†   (source)
  • Yossarian reached out instinctively for balance and then launched himself forward in a prodigious dive that crushed the three combatants to the ground beneath him.†   (source)
  • Joseph Reed, writing to his wife, expressed what many felt: When I look down and see the prodigious fleet they have collected, the preparations they have made, and consider the vast expenses incurred, I cannot help being astonished that a people should come 3,000 miles at such risk, trouble and expense to rob, plunder and destroy another people because they will not lay their lives and fortunes at their feet.†   (source)
  • Prodigious, Sonny, prodigious.†   (source)
  • Trestle tables were set up in Stout's hall, an ox was slaughtered, and that night as the sun went down the empty-handed hunters ate roasts and ribs, barley bread, a mash of carrots and pease, washing it all down with prodigious quantities of ale.†   (source)
  • Yossarian nodded perfunctorily, and the chaplain's breath quickened in anticipation as he made ready to join his will power with Yossarian's in a prodigious effort to rip away at last the voluminous black folds shrouding the eternal mysteries of existence.†   (source)
  • "Prodigious," Quentin said.†   (source)
  • Prodigious!†   (source)
  • Prodigious work, Sonny.†   (source)
  • "Superprodigious," Quentin whistled.†   (source)
  • So in the prodigious planning and mapping out of strategy during the past week, the one breakdown of logistics came in transportation overland.†   (source)
  • They watched him with the wonder which is felt in the presence of anything which is great and new, and, for a little while, in any place where violence has recently occurred; they were aware, as they gazed at the still head, of a prodigious kind of energy in the air.†   (source)
  • Her uncle's name was Charlie and was rather well known around the island for his prodigious drinking.†   (source)
  • And then I began to tell Nathan of the little I knew about this prodigious black figure, whose life and deeds were shrouded in such mystery that his very existence was scarcely remembered by the people of that backwater region, much less the rest of the world.†   (source)
  • He looked quickly away, and solemn wonder tolled in him like the shuddering of a prodigious bell, and he heard his mother's snowy lips with wonder and with a desire that she should never suffer sorrow, and gazed once again at the hand, whose casual majesty was unaltered.†   (source)
  • The realization came without shape of definability, save as it was focused in the pure physical act of leaving the room, but came with such force, such monstrous piercing weight, in all her heart and soul and mind and body but above all in the womb, where it arrived and dwelt like a cold and prodigious, spreading stone, that she groaned almost inaudibly, almost a mere silent breath, an Ohhhhhhh, and doubled deeply over, hands to her belly, and her knee joints melted.†   (source)
  • But now I recollect how these prodigious snores (product of a deviated septum, they had been his lifelong bane, and their cannonade through open windows on summer evenings had been known to arouse neighbors) became during the last night part of the very fabric of my insomnia and formed a turbulent counterpoint to the hectic drift of my thought: to a fleeting but bitter seizure of guilt, to a spasm of erotic mania that swooped down on me like some all-devouring succubus, and finally to a wrenching, sweet, nearly intolerable memory of the South which kept me awake through the whitening hours of dawn.†   (source)
  • Suppose, she sometimes later mused, that all of Dr. Blackstock's ministrations and those of his young associate, Dr. Seymour Katz (who came in after office hours to help take care of the prodigious overflow of sufferers), had worked; suppose the chain of events that led from the vandalizing finger to the sacral vertebra to the compressed fifth lumbar nerve not only had proved not to be a chiropractic chimera but had been terminated in triumph, radiantly, healthfully, as a result of Blackstock's and Katz's fortnight of thumping and stretching and drubbing of her tormented spine.†   (source)
  • The prodigious subterranean castle of salt which she has visited often and which may or may not be, as the Professor claims, one of Europe's seven man-made wonders, is less an anticlimax in itself than a spectacle which simply fails to register on her awareness, so agitated has she been made by this indefinable whatever-it-is—this infatuation—which has struck her with the random heat of a lightning bolt, making her weak and a little ill.†   (source)
  • And at that exact instant—as he said the last words—Sophie saw the fearful headache attack Hoss with prodigious speed, like a stroke of lightning that had found a conduit through the gravel merchant's letter down to that crypt or labyrinth where migraine sets its fiery toxins loose beneath the cranium.†   (source)
  • After the steamy sexuality of only moments before, after this encounter—despite fumbling and failure, the single most cataclysmic and soul-stirring event of its kind that I had ever experienced—she was rattling on in reminiscence like someone plunged into a daydream, seemingly no more touched by our prodigious intimacy than if we had done a two-step together innocently on a dance floor.†   (source)
  • But if this is true I cannot disguise, either, the vicarious pleasure I take in thinking that you, growing to be the writer I yearned to be but could not, might have such a splendid chance to live on that land, to feel and see and smell the very earth which gave birth to that dim and prodigious black man ... In a way it was all very tempting, and I could not deny it.†   (source)
  • He walked prodigiously, day and night, in an effort to command his own fear.†   (source)
  • Francie liked the pawnshop almost the best—not for the treasures prodigiously thrown into its barred windows; not for the shadowy adventure of shawled women slipping into the side entrance, but for the three large golden balls that hung high above the shop and gleamed in the sun or swayed languorously like heavy golden apples when the wind blew.†   (source)
  • To have done so (after the manner, for example, of Frazer, in The Golden Bough) would have enlarged my chapters prodigiously without making the main line of the monomyth any clearer.†   (source)
  • She had bored herself so prodigiously the last two days.†   (source)
  • Really, I like those that I have met prodigiously.†   (source)
  • "Prodigiously," replied Athos in the name of himself and his comrades.†   (source)
  • Although he was no longer young, it was thought that he was still prodigiously strong.†   (source)
  • and her calling here was prodigiously civil!†   (source)
  • you have so prodigiously Saracen a name that I never can get it straight.†   (source)
  • Prudent!" cried Colonel Proctor, whom this word seemed to excite prodigiously.†   (source)
  • The twins were prodigiously great now; the town took them to its bosom with enthusiasm.†   (source)
  • Their escape would trouble me as a prodigiously inexplicable event, did I not know how tough old iron can be—as tough sometimes as the spirit of some men we meet now and then, worn to a shadow and breasting the weight of life.†   (source)
  • A prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at her elbow with a pair of glasses on his nose, looking very earnestly at the ladies who entered.†   (source)
  • That night she ate prodigiously of steak and fried potatoes; she produced electric sparks by touching his ear with her finger-tip; she slept twelve hours; and awoke to think how glorious was this brave land.†   (source)
  • One time Jurgis got into a game on a Saturday night and won prodigiously, and because he was a man of spirit he stayed in with the rest and the game continued until late Sunday afternoon, and by that time he was "out" over twenty dollars.†   (source)
  • They ate hurriedly and prodigiously, in silence, and each man reached for what he wanted without asking.†   (source)
  • He is prodigiously fluent of speech, restless, excitable (mark the snorting nostril and the restless blue eye, just the thirty-secondth of an inch too wide open), possibly a little mad.†   (source)
  • But if they could fast prodigiously, they could feed prodigiously, and soon a few scattered bones were all that remained of the splendid live brute that had faced the pack a few hours before.†   (source)
  • The Spaniards were so prodigiously afraid of him that, I tell you, sir, I was sometimes proud he was an Englishman.†   (source)
  • Mr. Chadband, however, having concluded for the present, sits down at Mr. Snagsby's table and lays about him prodigiously.†   (source)
  • Conseil and I were soon dressed in these diving suits, as were Captain Nemo and one of his companions—a herculean type who must have been prodigiously strong.†   (source)
  • "What a nice little housewife you are!" exclaimed the latter, smiling, and at the same time frowning so prodigiously that the smile was sunshine under a thunder-cloud.†   (source)
  • Cleopatra matters, beyond bounds, to Antony, but his colleagues, his antagonists, the state of Rome and the impending battle also prodigiously matter; Portia matters to Antonio, and to Shylock, and to the Prince of Morocco, to the fifty aspiring princes, but for these gentry there are other lively concerns; for Antonio, notably, there are Shylock and Bassanio and his lost ventures and the extremity of his predicament.†   (source)
  • Giles followed as well as he could; and Oliver followed too; and in the course of a minute or two, Mr. Losberne, who had been out walking, and just then returned, tumbled over the hedge after them, and picking himself up with more agility than he could have been supposed to possess, struck into the same course at no contemptible speed, shouting all the while, most prodigiously, to know what was the matter.†   (source)
  • He wiped his pale face with a large yellow bandanna pocket-handkerchief that was prodigiously scented.†   (source)
  • The pensive, reflective tone in which this was spoken appeared to amuse Andy prodigiously, and he drew a little behind, and shook so as apparently to run a great risk of failing off his horse, while Sam's face was immovably composed into the most doleful gravity.†   (source)
  • He walked about the room a while, taking up her books, smelling her flowers, and looking at her prints and photographs (which he thought prodigiously pretty), and at last he heard the opening of a door to which his back was turned.†   (source)
  • 'So very kind of you to invite me, you mean, Sir Mulberry,' replied Mrs Nickleby, tossing her head, and looking prodigiously sly.†   (source)
  • 'But—but the astrologer said no word of this,' cried the lama, snuffing prodigiously in his excitement.†   (source)
  • The yellow postilion cracked his whip prodigiously, up sprang Francis to the box, away went the schimmels, and Dobbin with his head on his breast.†   (source)
  • This very small change had, in fact, prodigiously reduced the cost of the raw material, which had rendered it possible in the first place, to raise the price of manufacture, a benefit to the country; in the second place, to improve the workmanship, an advantage to the consumer; in the third place, to sell at a lower price, while trebling the profit, which was a benefit to the manufacturer.†   (source)
  • This popular origin, which impairs the excellence and the wisdom of legislation, contributes prodigiously to increase its power.†   (source)
  • Although playgoers and plays have prodigiously increased in the United States in the last forty years, the population indulges in this kind of amusement with the greatest reserve.†   (source)
  • Fanny could read, work, and write, but she had been taught nothing more; and as her cousins found her ignorant of many things with which they had been long familiar, they thought her prodigiously stupid, and for the first two or three weeks were continually bringing some fresh report of it into the drawing-room.†   (source)
  • Both the world of fashion and the Court of Chancery are things of precedent and usage: oversleeping Rip Van Winkles who have played at strange games through a deal of thundery weather; sleeping beauties whom the knight will wake one day, when all the stopped spits in the kitchen shall begin to turn prodigiously!†   (source)
  • At last we rose and dressed; and Queequeg, taking a prodigiously hearty breakfast of chowders of all sorts, so that the landlady should not make much profit by reason of his Ramadan, we sallied out to board the Pequod, sauntering along, and picking our teeth with halibut bones.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Joe was prodigiously busy in getting the house ready for the festivities of the day, and Joe had been put upon the kitchen doorstep to keep him out of the dust-pan,—an article into which his destiny always led him, sooner or later, when my sister was vigorously reaping the floors of her establishment.†   (source)
  • The panels in the lounge opened, and maneuvers began for reaching those strata so prodigiously far removed.†   (source)
  • I do think Mrs. Long is as good a creature as ever lived—and her nieces are very pretty behaved girls, and not at all handsome: I like them prodigiously.†   (source)
  • In whatever manner the jury be applied, it cannot fail to exercise a powerful influence upon the national character; but this influence is prodigiously increased when it is introduced into civil causes.†   (source)
  • Jos Sedley, who admired his own legs prodigiously, and always wore this ornamental chaussure, was extremely pleased at this remark, though he drew his legs under his chair as it was made.†   (source)
  • He took the boys to the British Museum and descanted upon the antiquities and the specimens of natural history there, so that audiences would gather round him as he spoke, and all Bloomsbury highly admired him as a prodigiously well-informed man.†   (source)
  • I am prodigiously proud of him.†   (source)
  • If his mere past and personal merits did not succeed in mollifying his father, George determined that he would distinguish himself so prodigiously in the ensuing campaign that the old gentleman must give in to him.†   (source)
  • "She is fade and insipid," and adds some more kind remarks in this strain, which I should never have repeated at all, but that they are in truth prodigiously complimentary to the young lady whom they concern.†   (source)
  • He had affected a military appearance and habits of late; and he walked with his two friends, who were of that profession, clinking his boot-spurs, swaggering prodigiously, and shooting death-glances at all the servant girls who were worthy to be slain.†   (source)
  • In consequence of Dobbin's victory, his character rose prodigiously in the estimation of all his schoolfellows, and the name of Figs, which had been a byword of reproach, became as respectable and popular a nickname as any other in use in the school.†   (source)
  • Once, after a certain combat with Master Smith, George came home to his mother with a black eye, and bragged prodigiously to his parent and his delighted old grandfather about his valour in the fight, in which, if the truth was known he did not behave with particular heroism, and in which he decidedly had the worst.†   (source)
  • There were jaunty young Cambridge-men travelling with their tutor, and going for a reading excursion to Nonnenwerth or Konigswinter; there were Irish gentlemen, with the most dashing whiskers and jewellery, talking about horses incessantly, and prodigiously polite to the young ladies on board, whom, on the contrary, the Cambridge lads and their pale-faced tutor avoided with maiden coyness; there were old Pall Mall loungers bound for Ems and Wiesbaden and a course of waters to clear off the dinners of the season, and a little roulette and trente-et-quarante to keep the excitement going; there was ol†   (source)
  • He swore it was as good as a play to see her in the character of a fine dame, and he made her put on one of the first Lady Crawley's court-dresses, swearing (entirely to Miss Horrocks' own concurrence) that the dress became her prodigiously, and threatening to drive her off that very instant to Court in a coach-and-four.†   (source)
  • Making his appearance at the ball, where he danced a couple of sets with both of them, and was prodigiously polite, he actually had the courage to ask Miss Osborne for a few minutes' conversation at an early hour the next day, when he had, he said, to communicate to her news of the very greatest interest.†   (source)
  • So prodigiously good was the eating and drinking on board these sluggish but most comfortable vessels, that there are legends extant of an English traveller, who, coming to Belgium for a week, and travelling in one of these boats, was so delighted with the fare there that he went backwards and forwards from Ghent to Bruges perpetually until the railroads were invented, when he drowned himself on the last trip of the passage-boat.†   (source)
  • Flushed with praise and victory over Master Toffy, George wished naturally to pursue his conquests further, and one day as he was strutting about in prodigiously dandified new clothes, near St. Pancras, and a young baker's boy made sarcastic comments upon his appearance, the youthful patrician pulled off his dandy jacket with great spirit, and giving it in charge to the friend who accompanied him (Master Todd, of Great Coram Street, Russell Square, son of the junior partner of the house of Osborne and Co.), George tried to whop the little baker.†   (source)
  • She described his angelic beauty; narrated a hundred instances of his generosity and greatness of mind whilst living with her; how a Royal Duchess had stopped and admired him in Kensington Gardens; how splendidly he was cared for now, and how he had a groom and a pony; what quickness and cleverness he had, and what a prodigiously well-read and delightful person the Reverend Lawrence Veal was, George's master.†   (source)
  • At half-past nine he rose and went to the City, and she was almost free till dinner-time, to make visitations in the kitchen and to scold the servants; to drive abroad and descend upon the tradesmen, who were prodigiously respectful; to leave her cards and her papa's at the great glum respectable houses of their City friends; or to sit alone in the large drawing-room, expecting visitors; and working at a huge piece of worsted by the fire, on the sofa, hard by the great Iphigenia clock, which ticked and tolled with mournful loudness in the dreary room.†   (source)
  • Prodigiously they fought, putting their trust in their own power and in the marksmen on the wall above.†   (source)
  • The Dashwoods were so prodigiously delighted with the Middletons, that, though not much in the habit of giving anything, they determined to give them— a dinner; and soon after their acquaintance began, invited them to dine in Harley Street, where they had taken a very good house for three months.†   (source)
  • The noise of that prodigious slap by which her departure was accelerated was like a pistol shot.†   (source)
  • By which time the original egg was in a fair way to becoming anything from eight to ninety-six embryos —a prodigious improvement, you will agree, on nature.†   (source)
  • Science and technology were developing at a prodigious speed, and it seemed natural to assume that they would go on developing.†   (source)
  • It did me a prodigious lot of good to do as I was told and to have some one sitting by me who asked me things and ordered me about and scolded me.†   (source)
  • Blundering, but fervid, I see myself buzzing round flowers, humming down scarlet cups, making blue funnels resound with my prodigious booming.†   (source)
  • It had mechanical ladders that sprang to prodigious heights at the touch of a hand, like opera hats; only there' was now nothing for them to spring to.†   (source)
  • Realizing intuitively the necessity of having to explain his presence in the front room, his eyes swept the outdoors hastily, seeking some object prodigious enough immediately to distract curiosity from himself the moment he called his mother's attention to it.†   (source)
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