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  • n. Plural form of gale.


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  • I was about to suggest that extradition orders have more force when backed by 1000 nuclear ICBMS — but then I remembered Bill Clinton and Marc Rich and collapsed in gales of laughter.

    Matthew Yglesias » The End of Influence

  • At the long hitching rails under the oaks, where the dismounting party gathered, Paula was in gales of laughter.


  • It even causes the wind to back up and blow gales from the southwest.


  • During the journey he tells her of his experiences in gales and hurricanes and she tells him of the gossip of the island and of the Wekley farm up for sale soon, a farm adjoining his father's.

    “Samuel! There was a rolling wonder in the sound. Ay, there was!”

  • If you tried that at a convention of historians (or even semi-literate people), you'd bring down the house (in gales of laughter).


  • French officials said the gales were the worst since 1999, when a huge storm killed 88 people in France and left nearly four million people without electricity, Reuters reported.

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  • But you somehow do not attend so regularly to things which I _do_ care about, such as gales of wind in which you are out, and such directions as I have given over and over again about money matters.

    Edward FitzGerald and "Posh" "Herring Merchants"

  • In that surprising tangle there were words in minute letters -- "gales," "thick fog," "ice" -- written by him here and there as memoranda of the weather.

    The Mirror of the Sea

  • Finding in Dryden "honey redolent of spring," an expression that reaches the utmost limits of our language, Gray drove it a little more beyond common apprehension by making "gales" to be "redolent of joy and youth."

    Johnson's Lives of the Poets — Volume 2

  • 'gales' we do get into when our lamp goes out and we can't find the matches!

    Gypsy's Cousin Joy


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