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  • She did not go through, but she looked over the gate, telling herself that those barns and sheds, that wealth of straw-yard, those sleeping pigs and idle, dreaming calves, were all her own.

    The Claverings

  • And with that word, I laid him flat upon his back in our straw-yard, by a trick of the inner heel, which he could not have resisted (though his strength had been twice as great as mine), unless he were a wrestler.

    Lorna Doone

  • "Especially the straw-yard and the horse-pond," said the Captain.

    Can You Forgive Her?

  • On reaching my house, I found it to be rurally situated in the centre of its straw-yard, but altogether well suited to my wants.

    Confessions of an Etonian

  • The last half hour of each night or morning, I invariably enjoyed with my feet on the fender, in dreamy contemplation of the past, wreathed in the fumes of a cigar, and soothed by the lowly and desultory murmurs of the geese in the straw-yard beneath my window.

    Confessions of an Etonian

  • At the end of the plantation, beyond the stable buildings, there was a little cottage attached to the straw-yard.

    Adrien Leroy

  • Cattle that have been confined to the stall, and even straw-yard cattle, are utterly unfit for the road, on account of the softness of their hoofs, and when put to it at once, are very apt to take paralysis if not carefully prepared by previous exercise.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders

  • And with that word I laid him flat upon his back in our straw-yard by the trick of the inner heel, which he could not have resisted unless he were a wrestler.

    The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1 December, 1906.

  • Twice did Watch, the black cross-bred chained in the straw-yard, hurl a brazen challenge on the night air.

    Bob, Son of Battle

  • "Only cross-country car on the market," he said, as we wheeled into a straw-yard where a lone bull bellowed defiance to our growlings.

    Traffics and Discoveries


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