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  • As soon as seen, or presented to sight.

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  • n. as soon as seen, or presented to sight.


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  • After laying stress on the recent sinking of the unarmed passenger liner Athenia, they suggested that, as the British destroyers were coming out to protect ships against sinking at sight by U-boats, they were entitled to look for preferential treatment in the case of fuelling and repairs.

    Graf Spee

  • Since the passing of Penrod's Rupe Collins period he had experienced some severe qualms at the recollection of his last meeting with Marjorie and his Apache behaviour; in truth, his heart instantly became as wax at sight of her, and he would have offered her fair speech; but, alas! in Marjorie's wonderful eyes there shone a consciousness of new powers for his undoing, and she denied him opportunity.


  • D'Urberville's bad temper cleared up at sight of hers; and he laughed heartily.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Enraptured out of his senses at the voice of a song; thrown into a paroxysm of laughter at sight of the motley-clad and motley-witted Fool; and shedding the twilight of his merry-sad spirit over all the darker spots of human life and character; he represents the abstract and sum-total of an utterly useless yet perfectly harmless man, seeking wisdom by abjuring its first principle.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

  • It was strange that at sight of a thing so unspeakably fair, a coldness like that which comes from the jewel-blue lips of a Muir crevasse should have fallen upon Dodson, or that it was only by summoning all the manhood that was left in him, that he was able to restore light to the room, and to rush to his friend.

    The Shape of Fear, and other ghostly tales

  • It was dawn by the time they reached the pull-in yard with the packing-cases, and at sight of the empty lorry Denis suggested that they might as well load the packing-cases on to it and drive them into Cuchester straight away.

    The Dancing Druids

  • The Christian priests spewed spittle at sight of them, so frightened were those men of God by what they called devil spawn.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • He found Agrippa at Avendo, which had surrendered at sight of the legions and so much formidable siege equipment.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • 'I hardly need to ask,' said Hugh pleasantly, smiling at the way the white-fired brow lifted and the wide nostrils dilated at sight of the approaching figure, even in such unfamiliar garb.

    The Devil's Novice

  • The two women valiantly disguised these forced excursions and countermarches as well as they could from Durbeyfield their cause, and from Abraham, and from themselves; and so they approached by degrees their own door, the head of the family bursting suddenly into his former refrain as he drew near, as if to fortify his soul at sight of the smallness of his present residence --

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles


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