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  • n. Plural form of free-liver.


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  • Nearly all the “free-livers” were men of unusual mental powers; some held out against the enervating life, others were ruined by it.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • But, after all, Belford, I would fain know why people call such free-livers as you and me hypocrites. —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Reflects on the lives of rakes, and free-livers; and how ready they are in sickness to run away from one another.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The firs is what all free-livers cannot say: the second what every one can.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Then to give but the shadow of a reason for free-livers and free speakers to say, or to imagine, that Miss Howe gives her hand to a man who has no reason to expect any share in her heart, I am sure you would not wish that such a thing should be so much as supposed.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Thou oughtest to have known that free-livers, like ministers of state, never part with a power put into their hands, without an equivalent of twice the value.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I tried to comfort him as well as I could: but free-livers to free-livers are sorry death-bed comforters.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • In the past she had become accustomed to rough as well as gentle company; so now it was disdain, not fear, she experienced in that uncouth gathering; the same sort of contempt she had once so openly expressed for Master Rabelais, whipper-in for all gluttons, wine-bibbers and free-livers.

    Under the Rose

  • Hackston and Balfour were men of some fortune, who had been free-livers in their youth, and were now professing to expiate those errors by a gloomy and ferocious asceticism.


  • From Charlottesville, therefore, both north and south, from the Potomac to the James river, there extended a chain of posts, occupied by lordly and open-hearted gentlemen, -- a kind of civil cordon of bluff free-livers who were but little versed in the mystery of "bringing the two ends of the year together."

    Horse-Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendency.


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