Preying: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Use in Literature PreyingThe fact that he was entirely innocent of the offence for which he was imprisoned, preyed upon his mind, and with the worst results.ndash;L.A. Abbott in Seven Wives and Seven Prisons.This preyed upon my husband's mind and seeing his anxiety, I set about considering how I could help him, and earn my share of the expenses.ndash;Horatio Alger in The Cash Boy.Society must see that the worst of thieves were not preyed upon by others.ndash;Grant Allen in An African Millionaire.And there is another possible prong of truth to this repression of their characteristic cries at such times of frost: then it was in ages past that the species which preyed on them grew most ravenous and far ranging.ndash;James Lane Allen in The Reign of Law.But the long delays and uncertainties preyed upon them, although they made no complaint except among themselves, and then they showed irony rather than irritation.ndash;Joseph A. Altsheler in The Guns of Shiloh.With this good squadron went the desperate fay, And darked by loosened sails the billows grew; For so desire upon her bosom preyed, Of troops she left her city unpurveyed.ndash;Ludovico Ariosto in Orlando Furioso.It is this singular, uneasy, unsatisfied feeling he himself is preyed upon by.ndash;T.S. Arthur in Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing.Such endurance preys upon her health, and hastens her exit to the asylum of the grave.ndash;T.S. Arthur in Friends and Neighbors.Next morning d'Arthez sent back his article, recast throughout, and Lucien sent it in to the review; but from that day melancholy preyed upon him, and he could not always disguise his mood.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in A Distinguished Provincial at Paris (tr Ellen Marriage).To impose upon other people was to him a sign of power, a perpetual proof that he had won the right to despise those feeble beings who suffer themselves to be preyed upon in this world.ndash;Honoreacute; de Balzac in Eugenie Grandet.
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