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  • There it was, broke as ye see and a-lying in the way, underfoot, ready to trip up poor old Ben Fadger, and his legs already as rheumatical stiff as two dry toasts….

    Wicked Will

  • They'd had the car windows open and Noddy and Cissy had been singing, very loudly, the calypso carol the lower school choir would perform at the Christmas concert: "See him a-lying on a bed of straw, drafty stable with an open door ..."

    Land Divers

  • There it was, broke as ye see and a-lying in the way, underfoot, ready to trip up poor old Ben Fadger, and his legs already as rheumatical stiff as two dry toasts….

    Wicked Will

  • I saw him in a dream four years last Whitsuntide, as plain as I see you now, gentles, a-lying upon

    Westward Ho!

  • Well, sir, when I came into this room yesterday, when the alarm was given, the very first thing I saw was Mr. Gilchrist's tan gloves a-lying in that chair.

    The Adventure of the Three Students.

  • So far from entering into any conversation with me, or hitting at me, like a man — which would have done good to think of — he send out one hand to the bottom of my vest — as they call it now in all the best livery tailors — and afore I could reason on it, there I was a-lying on a star in six colors of marble.

    Erema

  • Why, Sir, it wore only like yesterday that this here tall, elegant, royal young lady was a-lying on my breast, and what a hand she was to kick!

    Erema

  • "Excuse me for not knowing a bit about this," said Po, "but if you leave those clothes a-lying there, them Finders'll know he come this way, and that points north to them sure as if we painted a big white arrow on the ground."

    Prentice Alvin

  • And there she saw big Fatty Groves a-lying on the ground

    Fatty Groves

  • And as she slept she dreamt that she saw him a-lying in the countryside all covered with gore and blood

    Bruton Town

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