“Jennifer Levanduski, a thirty-seven-year-old stay-at-home mom, struggled to keep the pounds at bay for most of her childhood and adult life.”
“The Hamptons were too sprawling to defend but Montauk was on a narrow peninsula that could be plugged at any number of places, a half-mile bottleneck between Napeague Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, for example, where you could pile burned-out buses and stretch razor wire and position rapid-fire weapons to keep at bay the starving mad million hordes to the west.”
“It was a revolt that absorbed southern Italy, caught Rome with its homeland virtually defenseless, led to nine defeats of Roman armies, and kept antiquitys greatest military power at bay for two years.”
“Promissory notes held the commissioners in Washington at bay for a time, but they soon began to demand that Morris and Nicholson make their payments in hard money.”
“Cleopatra executed him and sent his head to Media with ambassadors under instructions to assure the King that his little daughter, Iotape, would remain betrothed to Alexander Helios, and that Egypt relied on Media to keep the Romans at bay along the Armenian borders; to help defray the costs of this policy, she sent gold.”
“In four years of war, Germans had defeated the Russians and the Rumanians and had held at bay the combined armies of the French and British empires, But now they were confronted by an entirely new enemy with (for practical purposes) unlimited resources.”
Castles of Steel
“The children who had followed me when I washed our mules and had been kept at bay during the contest now swarmed back to claim me, but I gratefully escaped my enthusiastic admirers by insinuating myself far enough back in the tent to be among the adult coffee drinkers, perched between the mukhtars rather messy falcon and his equally ill-tempered saluki dog.”
“Lady Thomasine was certainly there, but so also were Sir Philip, the three Haggards, and Rafe Northcote, who stood side by side and hand in hand with Alice, at bay against a tapestried wall.”
“She had ignored all of them save giving citizenship to the Jews and Metics for helping Caesar hold the Alexandrians at bay until his legions arrived.”
“In the meantime, General Anthony Wayne was to keep Knyphausen at bay with the American center at the ford, and General Greene was to hold himself ready with the reserve to give aid wherever required.”
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