Usage examples for brier

  1. And instead of the thorn shall come up the fir- tree; and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and man shall nowhere crush man on all the holy earth. – Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland by Olive Schreiner
  2. An' dat ain't nuffin' but de wild brier whut grab' him, an' dat ain't nuffin' but de leaf ob a tree whut brush' he cheek, an' dat ain't nuffin' but de branch ob a hazel- bush whut brush' he arm. – Humorous Ghost Stories by Dorothy Scarborough
  3. The keen edges of the original are blurred and partly lost, but the author of 'Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush' has many excellent qualities, and if he had had the good fortune or the initiative to be first in the field, his work would have been almost wholly charming. – My Contemporaries In Fiction by David Christie Murray
  4. They could not go back; the fence was too solid to ride down, too high to leap; the carbineers faced about, trying to make a stand, firing from their saddles; Colonel Arran, confused but cool, turned his brier torn horse and rode forward, swinging his heavy sabre, just as Hallam and Berkley galloped up through the bushes, followed by forty or more bewildered troopers, and halted fo'r orders. – Ailsa Paige by Robert W. Chambers
  5. A few moments later Nina appeared at the supper- table with her disordered locks concealed by a network of sweet- brier – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  6. Three- fourths of the way through they came to an opening in the rock, over which, from a shelf above, fell a curtain of brier – Foes by Mary Johnston
  7. O brier like voice that clings in idleness To Summer's drowsy dress! – Kentucky Poems by Madison J. Cawein Commentator: Edmund Gosse
  8. Then and there the gentleman told the boys they should each have a garden of their own, and he pointed to the piece of ground by the Sweet- brier and made the gardener divide it into two equal portions. – Lady Daisy and Other Stories by Caroline Stewart
  9. There was an old sweet- brier bush growing on the short little grave, and in the grass underneath I found a ground- sparrow's nest. – Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  10. He smoked a pipe a good deal, and he preferred it to be old and violent; and once, when he had bought a new, expensive English brier root he regarded it doubtfully for a time, and then handed it over to me, saying: " I'd like to have you smoke that a year or two, and when it gets so you can't stand it, maybe it will suit me." – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  11. Sitting bolt upright beside the table, square- jawed and obdurate, his stubby brier pipe supported by his hand and gripped in his great teeth, Duke Morgan looked uncompromisingly past his belligerent nephew into the fire. – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  12. Followed a little brook, the eastern branch of the Tiber, lined with bushes and a rank growth of green- brier – Wake-Robin by John Burroughs
  13. At the other side of the table Green puffed furiously at an old brier as he compiled from the documents Foyle handed him a fresh list of witnesses and their statements to be submitted to the Treasury solicitors. – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  14. Her laughing face looked at him through the brier – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  15. And so came Sidney Trove, his mind in strange fetters, travelling out of the land of mystery, in a winter night, to Brier Dale. – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller
  16. East of them the Coakachee flowed through thickets of saw- grass and green brier between a forest of oak, pine, and cedar, bordered on the western side by palm and palmetto- all exactly as drawn in the map of Pedro Valdez. – Quick Action by Robert W. Chambers
  17. On a black- walnut shelf between the windows lay a choice collection of meerschaum and brier wood pipes. – Miss Mehetabel's Son by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  18. They were well trained, swift, fresh, keen- scented, 'excellent' men- hunters, and though the poor fugitive in his frenzied rush for liberty, strained every muscle, yet they gained upon him, and after dashing through fens, brier beds, and the tangled undergrowth till faint and torn, he sinks, and the blood- hounds are upon him. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  19. Her house is in the brier thicket; she climbs to the roof and stands there all day waving her hands, and shouting out in wood- talk, 'There are cocoanuts in my cellar. – Woodland Tales by Ernest Seton-Thompson
  20. Even the engineer of the New York " Sun's" naphtha- launch gave his cherished pipe to a sailor on a Spanish vessel who had none, and when one of his mates remonstrated with him, saying, " You're not going to give him your own brier wood pipe!" – Campaigning in Cuba by George Kennan