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  • They must have some hoary-headed old history buff hiding behind the young progressives heading up that administration to conceive of something so devilishly clever.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • The land of Priam hath emptied Hellas quite enough, drinking the blood of many whom the spear laid low, with the ruin it has brought on widowed wives, on aged childless dames, and hoary-headed sires; and if thou roast and consume the remnant, - a meal thou wilt rue, - why, where shall one turn?

    The Cyclops

  • I sincerely thank the Almighty Giver of all Good, that He, in His infinite goodness and mercy, gave me strength and courage to overcome the grim and hoary-headed king of terrors, and has kindly permitted me yet to live a little longer in this world.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart

  • The fierce, hoarse mutter of the starved and starving gives unmistakable warning that America has entered upon that fierce conflict of money-power and muscle-power which now shake to their very centers the hoary-headed commonwealths of the old world.

    Black and White

  • House of Lords uncomfortably — but the young ones shall have everything a Government can give: they shall get the pick of all the places: they shall be Captains and Lieutenant – Colonels at nineteen, when hoary-headed old lieutenants are spending thirty years at drill: they shall command ships at one-and-twenty, and veterans who fought before they were born.

    The Book of Snobs

  • Cynllwyd, hoary-headed, she seemed to say; but here, as well as with respect to her first answer, I speak under correction, for her Welsh was what my old friends, the Spaniards, would call muy cerrado, that is, close or indistinct.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • Pity the unhappy, said a devout, venerable, hoary-headed man, meekly holding up a box, begirt with iron, in his withered hands — I beg for the unfortunate — good my Lady,

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • The doughty ones rose: for the hoary-headed would hasten to rest, aged Scylding; and eager the Geat, shield-fighter sturdy, for sleeping yearned.

    Beowulf, translated by Francis Gummere

  • Two hoary-headed sages in a family were one too many.

    Morgan’s Run

  • To that part of the population concerned with folk and rock, he was the overstuffed, hoary-headed villain in a documentary movie about Dylan called Don t Look Back.

    Buried Alive, The Biography of Janis Joplin

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