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proverb
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
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Definition
a short saying — typically well-known and accepted by many as offering good advice
  • —Though this fish, whose loud sonorous breathing, or rather blowing, has furnished a proverb to landsmen, is so well known a denizen of the deep, yet is he not popularly classed among whales.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (59% in)
  • In what census of living creatures, the dead of mankind are included; why it is that a universal proverb says of them, that they tell no tales, though containing more secrets than the Goodwin Sands; how it is that to his name who yesterday departed for the other world, we prefix so significant and infidel a word, and yet do not thus entitle him, if he but embarks for the remotest Indies of this living earth; why the Life Insurance Companies pay death-forfeitures upon immortals; in what...
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (11% in)
  • Oh! do not bow and look surprised; you know the proverb all along this coast—"Corrupt as Lima."
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (55% in)
  • However curious it may seem for an oil-ship to be borrowing oil on the whale-ground, and however much it may invertedly contradict the old proverb about carrying coals to Newcastle, yet sometimes such a thing really happens; and in the present case Captain Derick De Deer did indubitably conduct a lamp-feeder as Flask did declare.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (34% in)
  • For while those female whales are characteristically timid, the young males, or forty-barrel-bulls, as they call them, are by far the most pugnacious of all Leviathans, and proverbially the most dangerous to encounter; excepting those wondrous grey-headed, grizzled whales, sometimes met, and these will fight you like grim fiends exasperated by a penal gout.
    Chapters 88-90 — Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (29% in)
  • So that to this hunter's wondrous skill, the proverbial evanescence of a thing writ in water, a wake, is to all desired purposes well nigh as reliable as the steadfast land.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (34% in)

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