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  • n. Plural form of furze.


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  • The racetrack association came early, as Sporting magazine in 1812 defined a touter as “a person who hides up between the furzes on the heath to see the trials of horses.”

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  • Clipped to the single-syllable touts, these sneaky souls can still be spotted coming back from the furzes on the heath at some of our huge raceways to tout—the verb—a horse to an unsuspecting bettor, thereby to manipulate the odds or get a piece of the winnings.

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  • Gerard notes that "it grows most commonly very low, like unto our ground furzes."

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  • Joan made brisk way through Mousehole and in less than an hour stood out among the furzes in the little lonely theater above the cliffs.

    Lying Prophets

  • Stone seats still run round two sides of it; ivy and stone-worts and grasses have picked the mortar from the walls and clothed them, even as emerald moss and gray lichens and black and gold glorify each piece of granite; a may-bush, tangled about a great shiny ivy-tod, surmounts the western walls above the dried well; furzes and heather and tall grasses soften the jagged outlines of the ruin, and above

    Lying Prophets

  • His foot had marked the turf there; his eye had mirrored the furzes a hundred times; she knew just where his shadow had fallen as be stood painting, and the spot upon which he was wont to sit by the cliff-edge when came the time for rest.

    Lying Prophets

  • The furzes on Gorse Point were a scented glory now -- a nimbus of gold for the skull of the lofty cliff.

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  • But as Joan came out upon the sward through the furzes her heart sank in sight of loneliness.

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  • She looked dreamily a moment at the furzes and the place whereon she had stood so often, then turned to the man and came close and held up four little spring lilies which she had brought with her.

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  • You could as aisy ha 'missed a little clap of thunder, if a one was be chance comin' tatterin 'along between the furzes, wid the head of it bobbin' up now and agin, and makin 'all the noise it could conthrive.

    Strangers at Lisconnel


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