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  • I was tantalized by the crying of the penguins, and by the whale, evidently playful, which came so close that it spouted and splashed a biscuit-toss away.

    CHAPTER XXXII

  • It was madness to think of resisting, with the guns of a man-of-war not a biscuit-toss away, — but they refused to lend a hand, preferring instead to maintain a gloomy silence.

    The Lost Poacher

  • I remember how he forced the hunter and his two men below, a riffle at their breasts, when their captain passed by at biscuit-toss and hailed us for information.

    Chapter 18

  • We were a biscuit-toss away, and he sprang upon the rail at the jigger-shrouds and danced a war-dance and waved his free arm, and yelled his scorn and joy at their discomfiture to the several oilskinned figures on the stranger vessel's poop.

    CHAPTER XL

  • We were right in at Collinsville then, and went foaming by within biscuit-toss of the wharf.

    Charley's Coup

  • The sea is delightfully tepid, but it is not without risk, — it becomes deep within biscuit-toss, there is a strong under-tow, and occasionally an ugly triangular fin may be seen cruizing about in unpleasant proximity.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • The city is picturesque in perch upon bold, high bluffs, which, on the city side, cut sheer down to the Alabama river; here, seemingly scarce more than a biscuit-toss across.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death

  • The schooner was brought over near to the creek mouth, and when her anchor was again let go she swung to the stream almost parallel to the wreck of the _Barang_, and within a short biscuit-toss.

    Gold Out of Celebes

  • Once more our nine snarling friends found discretion the better part of their valour, and stopped at a biscuit-toss from us, whining and howling and looking grim enough to frighten the most iron nerves.

    Chatterbox, 1905.

  • It was madness to think of resisting, with the guns of a man-of-war not a biscuit-toss away, but they refused to lend a hand, preferring instead to maintain a gloomy silence.

    The Lost Poacher

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  • A unit of distance; e.g. "a biscuit-toss away from the shore..." It seems like this would be much easier to tell, for the unaccustomed eye, than, say, some measurement in feet or yards.

    March 11, 2008