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  • n. Plural form of termagant.


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  • For his part, Déprez found her enthusiasm attractive, and he really did not fancy yet another circuit among the…termagants.

    The Blackstone Key

  • It was a hard and a tricky fight, and Goll won it by bravery and strategy and great good luck; for with one shrewd slice of his blade he carved two of these mighty termagants into equal halves, so that there were noses and whiskers to his right hand and knees and toes to his left: and that stroke was known afterwards as one of the three great sword-strokes of Ireland.

    Irish Fairy Tales

  • Like termagants the winds tore down and whirled it with the snow.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

  • "Also she is said to be possessed of a temper," I continued, "and is above the average height, I believe, and I have a natural antipathy to termagants, more especially tall ones."

    The Broad Highway

  • Shimmering and saucy and debonair as a polo pony, she had seemed a departure from type, something above the meretricious termagants round whom he so often had to weave his accusatory webs of evidence.

    Never-Fail Blake

  • They were two regular termagants, upon which even thrashing made no impression.

    Pelle the Conqueror — Volume 01

  • No one will ever know how many men joined the army in 1914 and 1915 to escape from tyrants and taskmasters, termagants and shrews, none of whom are any the less irksome when they happen by ill-luck to be also our fathers, our mothers, our wives and our children.

    O'Flaherty V.C. : a recruiting pamphlet

  • Those past the age of allurement may fight like termagants for their lucrative jobs, their utter independence; but coquetry and the joy in life, or, to put it more plainly, the powerful passions of the French race, may do more to effect an automatic and permanent return to the old status than any authoritative act on the part of man.

    The Living Present

  • A flash of petulance is well enough and may become beauty as summer lightning decks the sky, but fury is for termagants, and nought but fury could fling my last guinea to the waves.

    Simon Dale

  • If so, then they have an eccentric way of showing it, and the cuckoo, driven by the chattering little termagants from pillar to post, may well pray to be saved from its friends.

    Birds in the Calendar


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