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  • n. An area of mud, possibly submerged, near the edge of a body of water.


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mud +‎ bank


  • Consider every molecule of air to be a mudbank in itself.


  • Then, as we travel more slowly through a shallow stretch of marsh, an alligator languidly lifts its body from its perch on a mudbank and slinks slowly into the water.

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  • And yet, I feel that the tide turned on that mudbank; at least, after a long nightmare, I can say that there followed a period of comparative calm, for me, in which I was able to recruit my tattered nerves, and take stock, and start planning how to get the devil out of this Indian pickle and back to England and safety.


  • I remember taking a turn at the rudder, and splashing and straining in the water when we grounded on a mudbank in the dark.


  • "Up, up, sir, for Christ's sake!" and he was half-dragging me through the slime towards the safety of a tangled mass of creeper on top of a mudbank.


  • On a mudbank a hundred yards ahead and to my right, shapes were moving - long, brown, hideously scaly dragons waddling down to the water at frightening speed, plashing into the shallows and then gliding out inexorably to head us off, their half-submerged snouts rippling the surface.


  • The mudbank was empty - there was the great groove where the barge had been, but the brown stretch of water was unbroken to the wall of green on its far side; of the barge there wasn't a sign.


  • It had been the foulest luck to run into those wild men in the jungle, and the infernal muggers - but if they hadn't chased us, we mightn't have fetched up on a mudbank under the walls of one of those petty Indian rulers who stayed loyal to the Sirkar.


  • And sculpted into the opposing mudbank was a similar shape ...

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  • And it takes just a little thing-a drift of wood smoke, a certain sunset, the taste of maple syrup on a pancake, or a few words of Apache spoken unexpected-and I can see the wagons creaking down to the Arkansas crossing, and the piano stuck fast on a mudbank, with everyone laughing while Susie played "Banjo on my knee" ...



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