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  • The other guard, farther removed from the source of the sound, yet sensed the horror of what was taking place, the grisly threat that lay in that demoniac fifing.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • Now the lights of the orchestra were lit, the lustre, let down from the ceiling, throwing by the glimmering of its facets a sudden gaiety over the theatre; then the musicians came in one after the other; and first there was the protracted hubbub of the basses grumbling, violins squeaking, cornets trumpeting, flutes and flageolets fifing.

    Madame Bovary

  • During the last night we had been kept awake by the drumming and fifing, singing and shouting, weeping and howling, pulling at accordions and striking the monotonous Shingungo.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • For an hour and a half, drumming, fifing, flag waving legions of marching Oaxacan school children and young adults shuffled their way past my apartment house door.

    Bread and circuses

  • I had ample opportunity for noticing this, the commander sending me on another errand down to the scene of operations almost as soon as the drumming and fifing began.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • In the Autumn-room all the little musicians set about transposing the melody of the bird-songs from the major to the minor key, and they taught the Piper to bring his fifing into harmony with their voices.


  • Before her marched all the musicians of the town, dancing, drumming, fifing, and tooting upon all instruments, while behind her pressed an enthusiastic crowd, who rent the air with their plaudits and filled it with a shower of caps.

    Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know

  • In these drumming and fifing times the babies suck in quarrel with their mother's milk.

    Southern Prose and Poetry for Schools

  • One day, as we sat in our committee-room discussing various subjects brought before us, there appeared in the street leading to the main entrance of the grounds a large body of soldiers with loud drumming and fifing.

    Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White, Volume I

  • And he did a little fifing on the edges of the note;

    The Book of Humorous Verse


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