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flourish
used in Gulliver's Travels

4 uses
  • I took up a thimble filled with liquor, which Glumdalclitch had given me for a cup, and drank their health, I drew out my hanger, and flourished with it after the manner of fencers in England.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (23% in)
  • For," said he, "as flourishing a condition as we may appear to be in to foreigners, we labour under two mighty evils: a violent faction at home, and the danger of an invasion, by a most potent enemy, from abroad.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (48% in)
  • I shall say but little at present of their learning, which, for many ages, has flourished in all its branches among them: but their manner of writing is very peculiar, being neither from the left to the right, like the Europeans, nor from the right to the left, like the Arabians, nor from up to down, like the Chinese, but aslant, from one corner of the paper to the other, like ladies in England.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (63% in)
  • He said, "that new systems of nature were but new fashions, which would vary in every age; and even those, who pretend to demonstrate them from mathematical principles, would flourish but a short period of time, and be out of vogue when that was determined."
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (68% in)

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