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  • For Stanford, who had a stableful of spectacular racehorses, the project was always about horses – he saw it as useful for understanding their anatomy, movement, and plotting their training, and little more.

    Eadweard Muybridge: Feet off the ground

  • At ten o'clock that evening, while the cold North Sea still swirled in eddies through the settling wreck, Gypsy Joe left his house and made his quiet normal rounds of his stableful of dozing horses; as he would safely do the next night, and the next night, and the next.

    The Elvis Latte

  • The bigger problem is that you've got a stableful of overpaid and mostly worthless columnists on the op-ed page.

    Letter To WaPo Ombud Howell About George Will's Smearing Of Webb

  • "I have only one horse, but you know it would never do to allow anyone of rank or wealth to know I have only one horse, so Miralys changes his color and his shape just a little so everyone thinks I have a whole stableful."

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • He also had thought of the stableful of horses which had belonged to himself when he became of age; and of the much more humble position which his son would have to fill than that which his father had prepared for him.

    Doctor Thorne

  • "True, " Vuillard said, -and it might even be King Nicolas if he captures Lisbon quickly enough, but the Emperor has a stableful of idle brothers.

    Sharpe's Havoc

  • "Spook, you're more trouble than a stableful of rats, but I like you," Stile said calmly.

    Split Infinity

  • It figured that for the stableful he'd got, George Caspar would employ only the best.

    Whip Hand

  • "Ranke is a gullible, apathetic, romantic daydreamer," Beck noted at one point, "easily maneuvered through manipulation of a stableful of overly human ideals he is too lazy to defend."

    The Heirs of Babylon

  • _One_ horse stabled and littered for the night were bad enough, but we had a whole stableful; and just as we were forgetting the fleas, and forgiving the mosquitos, and sleep led on by indigestion was heavy on our eyelids, a snort, loud as a lion's roar, made us start.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845.

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