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  • n. An ant-hill.

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Examples

  • The perfect culmination of instinct we find in the ant-heap and the beehive.

    The Other Animals

  • At last she had gone a long way and had no sight of water south of the isle, nor had she seen any hill, nay, not so much as an ant-heap, whence she might look further around; and it seemed to her that she might go on for ever, and reach the heart of Nowhither at last.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • It was Swan who built the four barns, using ant-heap clay and Kimberley brick.

    Rainbow’s End

  • I was thinking of nothing but making a home, family life for myself ... and so tripped over an ant-heap — and plop, down into the grave ....

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • If it go on to such heights as we hear proposed and lauded, if it come actually to its ideal of the ant-heap, ruled with iron justice, the number of new contraventions will be out of all proportion multiplied.

    Lay Morals

  • In all this I have supposed the ant-heap to be financially sound.

    Lay Morals

  • He does not think so when he is hungry, but he thinks so again as soon as he is fed; and on the hypothesis of a successful ant-heap, he would never go hungry.

    Lay Morals

  • And in the stall-fed life of the successful ant-heap — with its regular meals, regular duties, regular pleasures, an even course of life, and fear excluded — the vicissitudes, delights, and havens of today will seem of epic breadth.

    Lay Morals

  • A tendency so stupid and so selfish is like to prove invincible; and if Socialism be at all a practicable rule of life, there is every chance that our grand-children will see the day and taste the pleasures of existence in something far liker an ant-heap than any previous human polity.

    Lay Morals

  • If the blood be purposeful and the soil strong, such a plantation may succeed, and be, indeed, a busy ant-heap, with full granaries and long hours of leisure.

    Lay Morals

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