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  • I tried to peer through one of the tiny portholes, clutching at its brass fitting, remembering some advice about keeping the horizon in view to allow it to work as a spirit-level for the stomach.

    A Year on the Wing

  • Fifty yards ahead of him, the embankment ended in an undisturbed dune, and the tiny figure of “a white man with a spirit-level.”

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • The eyes are elongated ovals, based on singularly mobile pivots, while the pupils resemble the bubble of a spirit-level.

    My Tropic Isle

  • “Where are you coming to, fool?” was his shout as he brandished the spirit-level.

    Through Russia

  • Ossip exclaimed as he threatened him with the spirit-level.

    Through Russia

  • Whereafter, of myself in particular, he inquired as he raised the spirit-level:

    Through Russia

  • With which, stuffing his cap into his bosom, and grasping the spirit-level in his hands, Ossip set foot upon the ice with a sliding, cautious, shuffling gait.

    Through Russia

  • To the left or westward of that supposed river channel, a mighty isolated mountain mass shut out any view of the further course of the water of the valley formed between it and these slopes; but, as the very lowest point of the whole horizon, as indicated by the spirit-level of the theodolite, lay in that direction, I determined to pursue that bearing, (10° W. of N.) through the open forest country that intervened.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

  • Mrs. Olinski was not sure how much the correct amount was, but she knew that if she put a spirit-level to his, they would be exactly right.

    The View from Saturday

  • Immediately check its position with the spirit-level both vertically and horizontally and readjust if necessary by tapping lightly.

    2. Kilns


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