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  • With all the threshings he had seen, it seemed to Ishmael that he had still never seen any quite so wonderful, so radiant, so rich to eye and ear and nostril, as this; and to little Jimmy, who had never been there for guldise before, it was a golden miracle.

    Secret Bread

  • The full progression of correction marched upon him and failed to make impression: arguments, orders, warnings, threats, threshings and the stoppage of funds: none of these seemed to improve him in the least.

    Mary Minds Her Business

  • As far as the others could see, there was nothing in view to shoot at; but agitated threshings about in the tulles showed them that at least some of his bullets had found human lodging places.

    Kid Wolf of Texas

  • Every time theretofore, she had been cowed by the crushing mandate of destiny -- had made no struggle against it beyond the futile threshings about of aimless youth.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume II

  • There were threshings when the neighbors gathered together to help one another beat out their grain from the straw with a flail.

    Canada: the Empire of the North Being the Romantic Story of the New Dominion's Growth from Colony to Kingdom

  • Coleridge's ` Rime of the Ancient Mariner 'is an imaginative expression of that divine love which embraces all creatures, from the highest to the lowest, of the consequences of the severance of man's soul from this animating principle of the universe, and of those spiritual threshings by and through which it is brought again under its blessed influence.

    An Introduction to the Study of Robert Browning's Poetry

  • There may be another great battle in a short time if the Yankees persist in coming on along the base of the Ridge towards Culpeper C.H. & Gordonsville -- and by God's good blessing they will get one of the very worst threshings they ever got if they do come on.

    Augusta County: Jedediah Hotchkiss to Sara A. Hotchkiss, November 2, 1862

  • "Ay! ay! Poke them out, Tim;" then followed sundry bumps and threshings of the briers, and out with a noisy flutter burst two birds under Forester's nose.

    Warwick Woodlands Things as they Were There Twenty Years Ago

  • I was very fond of the theatre & by the time I was seven years old thought that tho it was a great thing to be a warrior it was still greater to write a play. at six they put me to Mr Footes [11] — a day scholar to learn Latin; tho I got I was one of the least boys in the school, used to fight a dozen battles a day & of course got a dozen threshings.

    Letter 259

  • "Keeping books in shops and factories, collecting accounts for storekeepers, when they saw they could trust me, working at threshings and harvests, teaching school here and there.

    The Money Master, Volume 5.

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