from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drawn when cold, as wire through a disk.


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  • And then sounded the clangor of strife and the hard-drawn panting of combat.

    People of the Dark

  • That fearful battle was fought in silence save for the hissing of hard-drawn breath.

    People of the Dark

  • Through a blur of stinging sweat, Strongfist could see the bodies of his companions strewn along the riverside like flotsam; and each hard-drawn breath sucked the stench of the slaughterhouse into his lungs.

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • The hard-drawn breath signalled stiffness and pain, but nothing mortal.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • It seemed somehow to Dinney as though a sweet peace filled the room now that his mother's hard-drawn breath was no longer there.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

  • Long they fought, and fiercely, till the breath came hard-drawn and short, and the red blood ran fast from both combatants.

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • In the suspension bridge iron or steel can be used in its strongest form, namely hard-drawn wire.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • For a moment he held her so, staring down, at her, his breath hard-drawn between his teeth; then swiftly, with a stifled exclamation he stooped his head, kissing her savagely, bruising, crushing her lips beneath his own.

    The Splendid Folly

  • Once, twice she heard the sound of a man's hard-drawn sob, and the dry agony of it wrung her heart.

    The Lamp of Fate

  • The hiccoughs were definitely sobs, hard-drawn, shaking him from head to foot.

    The Dark House


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