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Definition a unit of length equal to 220 yards (1/8 of a mile)
  • She seized the lead in the final furlong and never looked back.
  • That the mother and father, unknown to one another, were dwelling within so many miles, furlongs, yards if you like, of one another.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • We followed him out to the tap, which was about a furlong away.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • So long a space As a swift walker on a measured way Would pace a furlong's course in, there she lay Speechless, with veiled lids.
    Euripides  --  Medea
  • Miss Furlong, may I get you a partner, Mr. Bergin.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • His tormented body rolled not in brine but in blood, which bubbled and seethed for furlongs behind in their wake.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The gallery now began to trend downwards in a horizontal direction, with about two inches of fall in every furlong.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • And then, as they reached the final furlong, my yelling began to die away.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • They galloped their ponies over the last furlongs, and halted under the long shadows of the trees.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Now the main retreat was scarcely two furlongs distant.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • First, jockeys must have an exquisitely fine sense of pace over each furlong, or eighth of a mile.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • We looked down the whole vista, and saw it closed by iron gates, and it could not have been more than a furlong in length.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Thus leisurely I hastened on my road; Much thought extends a furlong to a league.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • —Tomorrow, sir, said Tom Furlong's voice.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The eaves of the forest were very near, probably no more than three furlongs away, but they could go no further.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • At first King of Pain was far in the lead and I Got the Hungries was some twelve furlongs back.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Our praises are our wages; you may ride 's With one soft kiss a thousand furlongs ere With spur we heat an acre.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground; long heath, brown furze, any thing.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • How many furlongs it is.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Alas, said King Arthur, this is a great mischief, I had liefer than the best realm that I have that I had been a furlong way to-fore him for to have rescued that lady.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I

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