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  • At Warwick, 14th-century builders recalled legends of "Guy of Warwick," hacking a giant statue of the hero from the living rock of a cliff-face.

    The House Impregnable

  • The foreground is dominated by a rocky, mossy cliff-face and darkened cave, outside of which is an arbor, or study, topped by twisting grapevines.

    A Shared Moment of Transformation

  • In the early hours the phone breaks into my sleep like a wave slapping against a cliff-face.

    Sands In Time by Julie Noble

  • What irks me is that journalists like Fraser obsess about Cameron's eye splinters and ignore the ferkin great timbers clogging the Dear Leaders pissholes in the snow, those lifeless black currents of despair in that grey monolith cliff-face of hopelessness, envy and spite.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • If you're a wuss like me, North is a good way to drive Highway 1, since you don't have to look down the sheer cliff-face to the rocky whitecaps below.

    Giles Slade: Silly Sarah and the Govinator: A Study in Contrast

  • Seagulls hung in the air at the level of her eyes, hardly bothering to move more than a wingtip to keep themselves aloft, as a strong wind along the cliff-face did all of the work of flying for them.

    red dust

  • And it perches precariously aside a plummeting cliff-face: a magnificent abyss, waiting to swallow them up.

    The Spectator’s 50 Essential Films: Part Two

  • Soljenov pressed a button to open a portal in the cliff-face.

    TRIANGLE

  • They followed Dobius around an outcrop of machinery and came to an open door in the cliff-face.

    TRIANGLE

  • One side of it had been sheared away into a vertical cliff-face where an engineering masterwork had been performed to tap the massive geo-thermal energies of the live volcano.

    TRIANGLE

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