Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Drawn when cold, as wire through a disk.
“And then sounded the clangor of strife and the hard-drawn panting of combat.”
“That fearful battle was fought in silence save for the hissing of hard-drawn breath.”
“Through a blur of stinging sweat, Strongfist could see the bodies of his companions strewn along the riverside like flotsam; and each hard-drawn breath sucked the stench of the slaughterhouse into his lungs.”
“The hard-drawn breath signalled stiffness and pain, but nothing mortal.”
“It seemed somehow to Dinney as though a sweet peace filled the room now that his mother's hard-drawn breath was no longer there.”
“Long they fought, and fiercely, till the breath came hard-drawn and short, and the red blood ran fast from both combatants.”
“In the suspension bridge iron or steel can be used in its strongest form, namely hard-drawn wire.”
“For a moment he held her so, staring down, at her, his breath hard-drawn between his teeth; then swiftly, with a stifled exclamation he stooped his head, kissing her savagely, bruising, crushing her lips beneath his own.”
“Once, twice she heard the sound of a man's hard-drawn sob, and the dry agony of it wrung her heart.”
“The hiccoughs were definitely sobs, hard-drawn, shaking him from head to foot.”
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