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  • v. find unexpectedly


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  • It was with these, which were of a superior kind, that, perceiving the advantage he might acquire from our respective situations, he conceived the project of overturning my reputation, and, without exposing himself, of giving me one of a nature quite opposite, by raising up about me an edifice of obscurity which it was impossible for me to penetrate, and by that means throw a light upon his manoevures and unmask him.

    The Confessions of J J Rousseau

  • Hooks without barbs and manufactured of such materials as pearl-shell and tortoiseshell may throw light upon the Homeric quotation “caught fish with the horn of the ox.”

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Perhaps what I have just stated of M. de Gallo will throw some light upon this odious accusation.

    The Memoirs of Napoleon

  • So went on shore to a Dutch [house] to drink some mum, and there light upon some Dutchmen, with whom we had good discourse touching stoveing

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jan/Feb 1664/65

  • As these comprehensive laws have thrown light upon other types of the animal kingdom beside that of fishes, their discovery may be said to have advanced general zoology as well as ichthyology.

    Louis Agassiz His Life and Correspondence

  • One or two words suffice for him to sum up an obser vation, to anticipate a question, to forestall an unexpressed objection, to refute a false interpretation, or to throw light upon the true meaning of word or phrase.


  • His great intellect was beginning to fade out; but, as the sun, declining to rest canopied with increasing clouds, will sometimes pierce through the interstices of the dark masses, and dart for a moment the intensity of his light upon the earth, the mind of Mazereau would flash in all its youthful grandeur and power from the dimness that was darkening it out.

    The Memories of Fifty Years

  • The characters of the two brothers, in this view of them, reflected light upon each other, and appeared with great advantage in this affair which arose about Stevinus.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • De Bury has left us an account of his methods of collecting which throws some light upon the trade in books in his time.

    Old English Libraries; The Making, Collection and Use of Books During the Middle Ages

  • The “Note” of Thomas Widowes covers this episode; and, in covering it, throws light upon the mutinous conditions which prevailed increasingly as the voyage went on.

    Henry Hudson


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