Usage examples for backbone

  1. Yet behind it all there were those title- deeds, with which Sinclair had never parted, and which now formed the backbone of this present suit. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  2. I am English to the backbone. – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  3. He was true to his own faith, to the backbone, but he entertained no prejudice against a good looking Protestant youth when a fortunate marriage was in question. – An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope
  4. No backbone in Downing Street. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  5. One of them struck just behind the Mugger's neck, a hand's breadth to the left of the backbone, while the other burst a little lower down, at the beginning of the tail. – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  6. And some of us- oh, just because we haven't the sand and backbone, I guess! – Then I'll Come Back to You by Larry Evans
  7. He travelled down the backbone of England, preaching peace where war had reigned, promising great things in the name of the new Government. – A People's Man by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  8. A quarter of an inch nearer would have split the fellow's backbone. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  9. And right then he heard something that put an end to all his fine thoughts about his own smartness, and sent little cold shivers up and down his backbone. – The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton W. Burgess
  10. Take up on a broad, hot dish, and in serving cut along the ribs, so as to let each portion include the whole length of them, as well as part of the backbone. – Dishes & Beverages of the Old South by Martha McCulloch Williams
  11. They had a horse's mane upon their backbone and much hair from the knees downward. – Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew by Robert McReynolds
  12. " Whativer else Jim's got or not got," she said, " he's got a backbone of his own, so he has. – The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys by Gulielma Zollinger
  13. You're all sunk together, as if your backbone couldn't hold you up. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  14. Work on the Survey needs backbone. – The Boy With the U. S. Survey by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  15. There was always plenty of work to be had at the brush- back factory for any man who had the sense and backbone to keep at it. – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  16. Let him come, and we'll show him what real American blood and backbone can do. – For the Liberty of Texas by Edward Stratemeyer
  17. Nothing makes a nicer tourte in this way than large soles, taking off the flesh from the backbone, without the side fins. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  18. It made chills run up and down his backbone. – The Romantic Analogue by W.W. Skupeldyckle
  19. She spoke firmly, but she said to herself: " There is no backbone to this firmness, and I am a fraud." – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett