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shoal as in:  run aground on a shoal

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  • The crew of the river boat used poles to avoid rocks, shoals, and sandbars.
    shoals = sandbanks or other stretches of shallow water
  • The waters just offshore, with their shallow seabed and shifting shoals, were nicknamed the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and a thousand wrecks dotted the seafloor.   (source)
    shoals = areas of shallow water that are a navigation hazard
  • The marsh was guarded by a torn shoreline, labeled by early explorers as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" because riptides, furious winds, and shallow shoals wrecked ships like paper hats along what would become the North Carolina coast.   (source)
  • I walked down into the shoals.   (source)
    shoals = areas of shallow water
  • Near the harbor's southern slope, however, lay a channel of treacherous shoals, studded here and there with great boulders that still bore the scars of ancient shipwrecks, and as a consequence this southern part of the harbor was always quite still.   (source)
    shoals = areas of shallow water that are a navigation hazard
  • On its own, being a decent person is no guarantee that you will act well, which brings us back to the one protection we have against demagogues, tricksters, and the madness of crowds, and our surest guide through the uncertain shoals of life: clear and reasoned thinking.   (source)
    shoals = areas of shallow water that are a navigation hazards (figuratively)
  • He was in high school at the time and hitting some academic shoals.   (source)
    shoals = navigation hazards (figuratively)
  • The beacons that burned along the shores of the Three Sisters were supposed to warn of shoals and reefs and rocks and lead the way to safety, but on stormy nights and foggy ones, some Sistermen would use false lights to draw unwary captains to their doom.   (source)
    shoals = areas of shallow water that are a navigation hazard
  • dark as a shoal in the blue water that was more than a mile deep   (source)
    shoal = shallower part
  • A hardened seaman like Captain Tucker knew what the Atlantic could deliver up in February: the chances of being hit by a northeaster and driven onto the shoals of Cape Cod, graveyard of ships; the sheer terror of winter storms at sea when freezing spray aloft could turn to ice so heavy as to cause a ship to capsize.   (source)
    shoals = areas of shallow water that are a navigation hazard
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  • The great heat, a nearby shallow run, the time in the sun, and the pools and shoals where it had been trapped made the water warm.   (source)
    shoals = areas of shallow water
  • At about nine o'clock next morning three lonely figures might have been seen picking their way across the Shribble by the shoals and stepping-stones.   (source)
  • Away to the northward, out to sea, ran a line of bars and shoals and rocks that would never let a ship come within six miles of the beach,   (source)
    shoals = stretches of shallow water
  • It is nice at high water, but when the tide is out it shoals away to nothing, and there is merely the stream of the Esk, running between banks of sand, with rocks here and there.   (source)
    shoals = becomes shallow
  • "These uncles of yourn ain't no uncles at all; they're a couple of frauds--regular dead-beats.  There, now we're over the worst of it, you can stand the rest middling easy."
    It jolted her up like everything, of course; but I was over the shoal water now, so I went right along,   (source)
    shoal = shallow
  • The cow stopped long at the brook to drink, as if the pasture were not half a swamp, and Sylvia stood still and waited, letting her bare feet cool themselves in the shoal water,   (source)
    shoal = stretch of shallow water
  • In the Stepstones they had taken on grain and game and fresh water, after the long voyage along the bleak and barren coast of Dome with its shoals and whirlpools.   (source)
    shoals = areas of shallow water that are a navigation hazard
  • At the present, Uthar had the Dragon Wing tacked crossways to the wind, heading toward the Southern Isles, where he hoped to elude the sloops among the shoals and coves of Beirland.   (source)
  • Then he jumped like a cat, for he saw huge things nosing about in the shoal water and browsing on the heavy fringes of the weeds.   (source)
    shoal = shallow water
  • Men can't come down the cliffs, even if there were any men; and the shoals to seaward would knock a ship to splinters.   (source)
    shoals = sandbanks or other stretches of shallow water
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shoal as in:  shoal of tuna

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  • We spotted a shoal of mackerel.
    shoal = large group (of fish)
  • In the silence, broken only by the exaggerated oosh shoo of my own breath, I watched shoals of tiny iridescent fish, and larger black-and-white fish, that stared at me with blank, inquisitive faces, and gently swaying anemones filtering the gentle currents of their tiny, unseen haul.   (source)
    shoals = large groups of fish
  • I'd been knocked reeling by the stress of navigating one of the most crowded stores in Manhattan on a Friday close to Christmas: elevators packed, stairwells packed, flowing with shoals of tourists,   (source)
    shoals = large groups
  • The mopeds parted like fish in a giant shoal.   (source)
    shoal = group (swimming together)
  • Words float from your tongue like shoals of flapping minnows, like flocks of breathlessh hummingbirds, like rivers of writhing shnakes.   (source)
    shoals = large groups (of fish)
  • Shoals of herring and great codfish swam between the tall arched windows.   (source)
  • The few people already in the square moved quickly and aimlessly like a startled shoal of fish.   (source)
    shoal = large group
  • This time he went westward, because he had fallen on the trail of a great shoal of halibut, and he needed at least one hundred pounds of fish a day to keep him in good condition.   (source)
    shoal = large group (of fish)
  • Pale green flags drooped from the squat corner towers, each emblazoned with a shoal of silvery fish.   (source)
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  • Just beyond the high gap in the mountains they stood and looked out over the great gulf to the south where the country as far as they could see was burned away, the blackened shapes of rock standing out of the shoals of ash and billows of ash rising up and blowing downcountry through the waste.†   (source)
  • Shoals of clouds swim through the sky.†   (source)
  • Although the Squamscott was never the Thames, the big oceangoing ships once made their way to Gravesend on the Squamscott; the channel has since become so obstructed by rocks and shoals that no boat requiring any great draft of water could navigate it.†   (source)
  • Something is happening: there's a commotion, a flurry among the shoals of cars.†   (source)
  • That was when a huge weapons plant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, switched over to making chemical fertilizer.†   (source)
  • And it was in their eyes that she saw what she had not seen before in the mirror: the wet ripped hose, the soiled white dress, the sticky, lumpy face powder, the streaked rouge, and the wild wet shoals of hair.†   (source)
  • Or we shall be driven on the shoals.†   (source)
  • The Dornish coast is dry and bleak, four hundred leagues of whirlpools, cliffs, and hidden shoals with hardly a safe landing anywhere.†   (source)
  • I sank him in his sailboat off the shoals of the Costa Brava.†   (source)
  • AT THREE in the morning, under a sky blazing with shoals of stars, the troopers, their prisoners, and the civilian auxiliaries were awakened by a subdued reveille.†   (source)
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  • There were several other foreigners in the group and they followed Longstreet's headquarters like a small shoal of colorful fish.†   (source)
  • Walking parallel to Shoal Creek and the Natchez Trace Parkway early Saturday morning, I decided I would vacuum away all my preconceptions about these Southern people.†   (source)
  • Another although minor source of food consisted of arctic sculpins: small fishes which lurk under rocks in shoal water.†   (source)
  • Just before dark they came to a lonely float in Shoal Bay.†   (source)
  • I think she could listen sometimes and hear the mountain's voice—the delayed echo of the unseen and distant old man—"just an old hermit," said Grandma—chopping wood with his ax and calling on God in alternation, in answering blows; the prattling of the Queen's Shoals in Elk river somewhere below, equally out of sight, which I believed I could hear from Grandma's front-yard rocking chair, though I was told that I must be listening to something else; the loss and recovery of traveling sound, the carrying of the voice that called as if on long threads the hand could hold to, so I would keep asking who that was†   (source)
  • We both watched Nathan stiffly shoulder his way to the bar through shoals of shirt-sleeved drinkers.†   (source)
  • When the water was all gone, there they were caught in the meshes and among the paddy, shoals of them leaping madly, wet and silver and good to look upon.†   (source)
  • Amid innumerable perils,
    Avoiding every reef and shoal
    The wave had borne her on and on
    And brought her close.†   (source)
  • Just before midday Lucy saw a large shoal of fishes grazing on the weed.†   (source)
  • Long slopes ran swiftly down to where the river spread in stony shoals between high grassy terraces.†   (source)
  • We can cross right down yonder off of that shoal, John Grady said.†   (source)
  • I know the seas and rivers, the shapes of the coasts, where the rocks and shoals lie.†   (source)
  • It happened with the impact of a single furious wave against a shoal of rock.†   (source)
  • Perhaps opening the throttle and setting a short high-speed course into the shoals.†   (source)
  • Beneath your world of skies and faces and buildings exists a rawer and older world, a place where surface planes disintegrate and sounds ribbon in shoals through the air.†   (source)
  • They grazed a shoal.†   (source)
  • Botley's standard hung in the hall, a shoal of silver fish upon a pale green field, though Asha had not seen his SwifOn amongst the other longships.†   (source)
  • The violence was returning as it had returned to a bewildered amnesiac on a fishing boat beyond the shoals of a Mediterranean island.†   (source)
  • Soon the River broadened and grew more shallow; long stony beaches lay upon the east, and there were gravel-shoals in the water, so that careful steering was needed.†   (source)
  • Tranquility Isle was in kilometers much nearer Plymouth than to Blackburne Airport, and if one knew the shoals, not much longer to reach in a drug boat than in a seaplane, which had to bank east out of Blackburne to catch the prevailing west winds in order to land on the sea.†   (source)
  • I began to laugh a trifle nervously, struck by the fact that in this weird conversation with its desperate undertone, at least on my part, we should already have foundered on the shoals of sex.†   (source)
  • Lucy felt sure that this girl must be a shepherdess — or perhaps a fish-herdess and that the shoal was really a flock at pasture.†   (source)
  • Then: "Oh, bother these fish!" said Lucy, for a whole shoal of small fat fish, swimming quite close to the surface, had come between her and the Sea People.†   (source)
  • The shoal of fish hard scattered in every direction: the People themselves were coming up to find out the meaning of this big, black thing which had come between them and the sun.†   (source)
  • Reared in Charleston, he knew every inlet, creek, shoal and rock of the Carolina coast near that port, and he was equally at home in the waters around Wilmington.†   (source)
  • There they lay week after week, and were still lying when we left in October, waiting for the Huer who sat at his telescope up in the white shelter on Carbis Bay point to sight a shoal.†   (source)
  • Their quivering mackerel sparkling was darkened; they massed themselves; their green hollows deepened and darkened and might be traversed by shoals of wandering fish.†   (source)
  • You've only to whistle and they come up in shoals!" he continued, almost angrily.†   (source)
  • Do you mean, sir, in the dark amongst the lot of all them islands and reefs and shoals?†   (source)
  • A FEW minutes later Tom was in the shoal water of the bar, wading toward the Illinois shore.†   (source)
  • It announces the presence of a pack, or shoal, of ice.†   (source)
  • I think a word from you might lighten the Sergeant over the shoals of death, Master Pathfinder.†   (source)
  • At that point of the lake the water shoaled regularly.†   (source)
  • I was convinced as we approached that it was a shoal or bank of herrings.†   (source)
  • Cape becomes bar, and plain shoal, and valley and gorge deep water and channel.†   (source)
  • They were by the shoal under the first bridge-span, out of sight of hungry priests.†   (source)
  • About twelve, immense shoals of seaweeds came in sight.†   (source)
  • The shoals of herring made their appearance just as we finished our agricultural operations.†   (source)
  • One day she saw spouts, lowered her boats, and gave chase to a shoal of sperm whales.†   (source)
  • The spires of churches, numerous, scattered haphazard, uprose like beacons on a maze of shoals without a channel; the driving rain mingled with the falling dusk of a winter's evening; and the booming of a big clock on a tower, striking the hour, rolled past in voluminous, austere bursts of sound, with a shrill vibrating cry at the core.†   (source)
  • The incredulous tone had vanished and a shoal of reporters and inquirers were already at work elaborating the matter.†   (source)
  • To the left of us there was the long uninterrupted shoal, and to the right a high, steep bank heavily overgrown with bushes.†   (source)
  • All told, we had scarce two miles to run; but the navigation was delicate, the entrance to this northern anchorage was not only narrow and shoal, but lay east and west, so that the schooner must be nicely handled to be got in.†   (source)
  • As I stood sick and confused I saw again the moving thing upon the shoal—there was no mistake now that it was a moving thing—against the red water of the sea.†   (source)
  • The broadening waters flowed through a mob of wooded islands; you lost your way on that river as you would in a desert, and butted all day long against shoals, trying to find the channel, till you thought yourself bewitched and cut off for ever from everything you had known once—somewhere—far away—in another existence perhaps.†   (source)
  • He invoked the favour of the Most High upon that journey, implored His blessing on men's toil and on the secret purposes of their hearts; the steamer pounded in the dusk the calm water of the Strait; and far astern of the pilgrim ship a screw-pile lighthouse, planted by unbelievers on a treacherous shoal, seemed to wink at her its eye of flame, as if in derision of her errand of faith.†   (source)
  • After breakfast they went whooping and prancing out on the bar, and chased each other round and round, shedding clothes as they went, until they were naked, and then continued the frolic far away up the shoal water of the bar, against the stiff current, which latter tripped their legs from under them from time to time and greatly increased the fun.†   (source)
  • It is not likely I would ever have heard, for I must tell you that Chester, after calling at some Australian port to patch up his brig-rigged sea-anachronism, steamed out into the Pacific with a crew of twenty-two hands all told, and the only news having a possible bearing upon the mystery of his fate was the news of a hurricane which is supposed to have swept in its course over the Walpole shoals, a month or so afterwards.†   (source)
  • A shoal of Sperm Whales!†   (source)
  • Went his ways then the hard one, and he with his hand-shoal,
    Himself over the sand the sea-plain a-treading,
    The warths wide away; shone the world's candle,
    The sun slop'd from the southward; so dreed they their journey,
    And went their ways stoutly unto where the earls' refuge,
    The banesman of Ongentheow all in his burgs there,
    The young king of war, the good, as they heard it.†   (source)
  • The time may be already anticipated at which the American Republics will be obliged to introduce the plan of election by an elected body more frequently into their system of representation, or they will incur no small risk of perishing miserably amongst the shoals of democracy.†   (source)
  • From every land came monks to join; they came even as the fishes come, in shoals; and the monastery added building to building, and yet others to these, and so spread wide its arms and took them in.†   (source)
  • From the point, the canoe took its way toward the shoal, where the remains of the castle were still visible, a picturesque ruin.†   (source)
  • For now the last of the fleet of ships was round the last low point we had headed; and the last green barge, straw-laden, with a brown sail, had followed; and some ballast-lighters, shaped like a child's first rude imitation of a boat, lay low in the mud; and a little squat shoal-lighthouse on open piles stood crippled in the mud on stilts and crutches; and slimy stakes stuck out of the mud, and slimy stones stuck out of the mud, and red landmarks and tidemarks stuck out of the mud, and an old landing-stage and an old roofless building slipped into the mud, and all about us was stagnation and mud.†   (source)
  • Suffice it to observe, that it was a masterpiece of eloquence; and that those passages in which he more particularly traced his own successful career to its source, and warned the younger portion of his auditory from the shoals of ever incurring pecuniary liabilities which they were unable to liquidate, brought a tear into the manliest eye present.†   (source)
  • There is sometimes a chamber which does not burn in the midst of a conflagration, and in the midst of raging seas, beyond a promontory or at the extremity of a blind alley of shoals, a tranquil nook.†   (source)
  • "Yes," said the Templar, "I am, Rebecca, as thou hast spoken me, untaught, untamed—and proud, that, amidst a shoal of empty fools and crafty bigots, I have retained the preeminent fortitude that places me above them.†   (source)
  • To look far below those who, like a certain fair personator of Polly Peachum early in the last century, and another of Lydia Languish early in this, have won not only love but ducal coronets into the bargain, whole shoals of them have reached to the initial satisfaction of getting love almost whence they would.†   (source)
  • The reader will remember that the castle stood near the southern extremity of a shoal that extended near half a mile northerly, and it was at the farthest end of this shallow water that Floating Tom had seen fit to deposit the remains of his wife and child.†   (source)
  • Beyond it, groups of islets rose from the smooth, blue waters, but in such numbers that they seemed to dot the sea like a shoal.†   (source)
  • Great care was observed in bringing the net to land, and, after much toil, the whole shoal of victims was safely deposited in a hollow of the bank, where they were left to flutter away their brief existence in the new and fatal element.†   (source)
  • This gulfweed, the swimming gulfweed or berry carrier, is the chief substance making up this immense shoal.†   (source)
  • Magnet is taken aback by this blow, Master Pathfinder, and can say or do but little to carry her father over the shoals; so we must try all the harder to serve him a friendly turn ourselves.†   (source)
  • The unexpected consequences of this notification suggested to the dismayed Mr Meagles for the first time that some hundreds of young persons must be leaving their homes without reflection every day; for shoals of wrong young people came down to Twickenham, who, not finding themselves received with enthusiasm, generally demanded compensation by way of damages, in addition to coach-hire there and back.†   (source)
  • Our boat cruised along a few miles away from that daunting shoal where Captain Cook's ships wellnigh miscarried on June 10, 1770.†   (source)
  • There was great affectation of stillness during all these manoeuvers, in order, as Richard assured them, "not to frighten the bass, who were running into the shoal waters, and who would approach the light if not disturbed by the sounds from the fishermen."†   (source)
  • For as the swift monster drags you deeper and deeper into the frantic shoal, you bid adieu to circumspect life and only exist in a delirious throb.†   (source)
  • The VALKYRIA kept at some distance from the coast, taking a westerly course amidst great shoals of whales and sharks.†   (source)
  • There are places where the river flows in the quiet stillness of deep water, but many shoals and rapids occur; and at that distant day, when everything was in its natural state, some of the passes were not altogether without hazard.†   (source)
  • Hetty had marks on the land by which she usually found the spot, although the position of the buildings, the general direction of the shoal, and the beautiful transparency of the water all aided her, the latter even allowing the bottom to be seen.†   (source)
  • To escape these enemies, the shoal makes for the nearest shore, and seeks safety in those shallows where the large fish cannot follow.†   (source)
  • The castle stood on its shoal, nearly abreast of the canoes, for the drift had amounted to miles in the course of the night, and the ark lay fastened to its piles, as both had been left so many hours before.†   (source)
  • When ashore I admired your sagacity in running through the worst shoals without a compass; and since we have been afloat, your meekness and submission have been as pleasant as your confidence on your own ground.†   (source)
  • As is customary in those cases, the boats at once separated, each making for some one lone whale on the outskirts of the shoal.†   (source)
  • A day after the herring fishery was over, and the shoal had left our bay, a great number of seals appeared, attracted by the refuse of the herrings which we had thrown into the sea.†   (source)
  • We turned on our Ruhmkorff devices and went along a coral shoal in the process of forming, which, given time, will someday close off this whole part of the Indian Ocean.†   (source)
  • Elizabeth saw thousands of these fish swimming in shoals along the shallow and warm waters of the shore; for the flaring light of their torch laid bare the mysteries of the lake, as plainly as if the limpid sheet of the Otsego was but another atmosphere.†   (source)
  • It was very evident that we were being hurried upward upon the crest of a wave of eruption; beneath our raft were boiling waters, and under these the more sluggish lava was working its way up in a heated mass, together with shoals of fragments of rock which, when they arrived at the crater, would be dispersed in all directions high and low.†   (source)
  • He came directly from the shoal which we had just before entered, and in which we had struck three of his companions, as if fired with revenge for their sufferings.†   (source)
  • When the affray was over, his dark body was seen, through the limpid element of the Glimmerglass, lying, with outstretched arms, extended on the bottom of the shoal on which the Castle stood, clinging to the sands and weeds, as if life were to be retained by this frenzied grasp of death.†   (source)
  • Something like a miracle was wrought in our favor, for enormous shoals of herrings were discovered to have wandered five hundred miles through the windings of the impetuous Susquehanna, and the lake was alive with their numbers.†   (source)
  • Much as I wished that we could obtain a constant supply of these fish fresh, I was obliged to reject the naive proposal from Jack, that we should tether a shoal of salmon by the gills to the bottom of the bay as we had secured the turtles.†   (source)
  • The vessel in which Cap and his niece had embarked for their long and adventurous journey was one of the canoes of bark which the Indians are in the habit of constructing, and which, by their exceeding lightness and the ease with which they are propelled, are admirably adapted to a navigation in which shoals, flood-wood, and other similar obstructions so often occur.†   (source)
  • Hurry solved the difficulty by telling him that on this spot alone, a long, narrow shoal, which extended for a few hundred yards in a north and south direction, rose within six or eight feet of the surface of the lake, and that Hutter had driven piles into it, and placed his habitation on them, for the purpose of security.†   (source)
  • Ere long, several of the whales were wounded; when, suddenly, a very large whale escaping from the boats, issued from the shoal, and bore directly down upon the ship.†   (source)
  • About a month after the appearance of the herrings we were favoured by a visit from other shoals of fish.†   (source)
  • So that when at last the jerking harpoon drew out, and the towing whale sideways vanished; then, with the tapering force of his parting momentum, we glided between two whales into the innermost heart of the shoal, as if from some mountain torrent we had slid into a serene valley lake.†   (source)
  • Slowly and contentedly we glided on through the wonders of the splendid archway, threaded our passage amongst the rocks and shoals, and passed out to the open sea.†   (source)
  • It seemed that somewhat late on the afternoon of the day previous, while three of the stranger's boats were engaged with a shoal of whales, which had led them some four or five miles from the ship; and while they were yet in swift chase to windward, the white hump and head of Moby Dick had suddenly loomed up out of the water, not very far to leeward; whereupon, the fourth rigged boat—a reserved one—had been instantly lowered in chase.†   (source)
  • Yet it was more than an hour and a half before I got clear of the rocks, cliffs, and shoals to which they resorted, and neared a high and precipitous cape, running far out to sea.†   (source)
  • We passed safely through the rocks and shoals near Walrus Island into an expanse of calm water, sheltered by jutting cliffs, where the sea glanced like a mirror, and for the first time we observed the fairy-like shells of the paper-nautilus sailing lightly over the dazzling surface.†   (source)
  • The compact round body of its root expands into two broad, firm, flat palms or flukes, gradually shoaling away to less than an inch in thickness.†   (source)
  • So slowly did we make our way, that the occupants of the cajack announced that they could not wait for us when they had once piloted us out from amongst the shoals and reefs, and plied their paddles to such good purpose that they were soon out of sight.†   (source)
  • I call him thus, because he always swims in hilarious shoals, which upon the broad sea keep tossing themselves to heaven like caps in a Fourth-of-July crowd.†   (source)
  • This occupation was followed by a great deal of work connected with the annual return of the herring shoals which now took place; to them succeeding, as on former occasions, shoals of other fish, and many seals.†   (source)
  • But neither great Washington, nor Napoleon, nor Nelson, will answer a single hail from below, however madly invoked to befriend by their counsels the distracted decks upon which they gaze; however it may be surmised, that their spirits penetrate through the thick haze of the future, and descry what shoals and what rocks must be shunned.†   (source)
  • Perhaps they were; or perhaps there might have been shoals of them in the far horizon; but lulled into such an opium-like listlessness of vacant, unconscious reverie is this absent-minded youth by the blending cadence of waves with thoughts, that at last he loses his identity; takes the mystic ocean at his feet for the visible image of that deep, blue, bottomless soul, pervading mankind and nature; and every strange, half-seen, gliding, beautiful thing that eludes him; every dimly-discovered, uprising fin of some undiscernible form, seems to him the embodiment of those elusive thoughts that only people the soul by continually flitting through it.†   (source)
  • 'Driving with open mouth through the congregated shoals of these little creatures, the whale engulfs them by millions in his enormous jaws, and continues his destructive course until he has sufficiently charged his mouth with prey.†   (source)
  • In the free element beneath me swam, Floundered and dived, in play, in chace, in battle, Fishes of every colour, form, and kind; Which language cannot paint, and mariner Had never seen; from dread Leviathan To insect millions peopling every wave: Gather'd in shoals immense, like floating islands, Led by mysterious instincts through that waste And trackless region, though on every side Assaulted by voracious enemies, Whales, sharks, and monsters, arm'd in front or jaw, With swords, saws, spiral horns, or hooked fangs.†   (source)
  • So assured, indeed, is the fact concerning the periodicalness of the sperm whale's resorting to given waters, that many hunters believe that, could he be closely observed and studied throughout the world; were the logs for one voyage of the entire whale fleet carefully collated, then the migrations of the sperm whale would be found to correspond in invariability to those of the herring-shoals or the flights of swallows.†   (source)
  • Espied by some timid man-of-war or blundering discovery-vessel from afar, when the distance obscuring the swarming fowls, nevertheless still shows the white mass floating in the sun, and the white spray heaving high against it; straightway the whale's unharming corpse, with trembling fingers is set down in the log—SHOALS, ROCKS, AND BREAKERS HEREABOUTS: BEWARE!†   (source)
  • First: The mariner, when drawing nigh the coasts of foreign lands, if by night he hear the roar of breakers, starts to vigilance, and feels just enough of trepidation to sharpen all his faculties; but under precisely similar circumstances, let him be called from his hammock to view his ship sailing through a midnight sea of milky whiteness—as if from encircling headlands shoals of combed white bears were swimming round him, then he feels a silent, superstitious dread; the shrouded phantom of the whitened waters is horrible to him as a real ghost; in vain the lead assures him he is still off soundings; heart and helm they both go down; he never rests till blue water is under him again.†   (source)
  • and this time three years, if I am not at home, tell them to address them to—" At that moment the two wakes were fairly crossed, and instantly, then, in accordance with their singular ways, shoals of small harmless fish, that for some days before had been placidly swimming by our side, darted away with what seemed shuddering fins, and ranged themselves fore and aft with the stranger's flanks.†   (source)
  • In days past, before Patroklos died I had a mind to spare the Trojans, took them alive in shoals, and shipped them out abroad.†   (source)
  • We struck on a shoal in going down the bay, and sprung a leak; we had a blustering time at sea, and were oblig'd to pump almost continually, at which I took my turn.†   (source)
  • In days past, before Patroklos died I had a mind to spare the Trojans, took them alive in shoals, and shipped them out abroad.†   (source)
  • CHAPTER 34 — A Shoal of Barnacles†   (source)
  • Later I lounged in my surgery chair, basking dreamily in memories of awaking in a bed of sunbeams, sheets tumbled in blinding shoals of white like the sands of a beach.†   (source)
  • Shoals of them every evening poured out of offices.†   (source)
  • Hesouls, shesouls, shoals of souls.†   (source)
  • Since their names were coupled, though, since he was her declared favourite, where was the particular necessity to proclaim it to the rank and file from the housetops, the fact, namely, that he had shared her bedroom which came out in the witnessbox on oath when a thrill went through the packed court literally electrifying everybody in the shape of witnesses swearing to having witnessed him on such and such a particular date in the act of scrambling out of an upstairs apartment with the assistance of a ladder in night apparel, having gained admittance in the same fashion, a fact the weeklies, addicted to the lubric a little, simply coined shoals of money out of.†   (source)
  • Sergesthus in the Centaur soon he pass'd, Wedg'd in the rocky shoals, and sticking fast.†   (source)
  • If the assassination
    Could trammel up the consequence, and catch,
    With his surcease, success; that but this blow
    Might be the be-all and the end-all—here,
    But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,—
    Weed jump the life to come.†   (source)
  • Two of them came on board in less than half an hour, by whom we were guided between certain shoals and rocks, which are very dangerous in the passage, to a large basin, where a fleet may ride in safety within a cable's length of the town-wall.†   (source)
  • Let's dry our eyes; and thus far hear me, Cromwell; And when I am forgotten, as I shall be, And sleep in dull cold marble, where no mention Of me more must be heard of, say, I taught thee; Say, Wolsey, that once trod the ways of glory, And sounded all the depths and shoals of honour, Found thee a way, out of his wreck, to rise in; A sure and safe one, though thy master miss'd it.†   (source)
  • Forthwith the sounds and seas, each creek and bay,
    With fry innumerable swarm, and shoals
    Of fish that with their fins, and shining scales,
    Glide under the green wave, in sculls that oft
    Bank the mid sea: part single, or with mate,
    Graze the sea-weed their pasture, and through groves
    Of coral stray; or, sporting with quick glance,
    Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold;
    Or, in their pearly shells at ease†   (source)
  • Cymothoe, Triton, and the sea-green train Of beauteous nymphs, the daughters of the main, Clear from the rocks the vessels with their hands: The god himself with ready trident stands, And opes the deep, and spreads the moving sands; Then heaves them off the shoals.†   (source)
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