Usage examples for impale

  1. They are placed at a considerable angle, and would impale an intruder in the groin or upper thigh, inflicting a cruel and disabling wound. – The Bontoc Igorot by Albert Ernest Jenks
  2. Begone, or by the sword of the Prophet, I'll impale you all three on my broomstick." – The Pacha of Many Tales by Captain Frederick Marryat
  3. On which horn should she impale her poor heart? – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
  4. Followed a silence again, and still the Merry Maid came on as if to impale herself on the galley's beak. – The Blue Pavilions by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  5. A spire was sticking up into the sky directly beneath us, like a spear, to impale us. – "Speaking of Operations--" by Irvin S. Cobb
  6. She proposed that Ascher should impale himself not on one or other, but on both horns of the dilemma, be false to every kind of honour and loyalty. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  7. He meant to embrace one of the horns and to impale the President on it, and he felt perfect confidence in his own success. – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams
  8. Your ladyship would not impale your own husband's flesh and blood! – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  9. Sharpen the sticks neatly at both ends; impale the birds on one end and thrust the sticks into the ground near the fire, leaning them so that the heat will strike strongly and evenly. – Woodcraft by George W. Sears
  10. In defence of this thesis, the book has been made to bristle with quotations; they stand out like quills upon the porcupine, ready to impale the adventurous sceptic. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  11. Perchance, the very race and constant riot Of stages, long and short, which thereby ran, Made him more relish the repose and quiet Of his now sedentary caravan; Perchance, he loved the ground because 'twas common, And so he might impale a strip of soil That furnished, by his toil, Some dusty greens, for him and his old woman;- And five tall hollyhocks, in dingy flower: Howbeit, the thoroughfare did no ways spoil His peace,- unless, in some unlucky hour, A stray horse came, and gobbled up his bow'r! – The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by Thomas Hood
  12. Others would point a stake by charring it in the fire and impale themselves upon it. – The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner by John Wilkinson
  13. He is going to impale the whole lot of us. – The Slaves of the Padishah by Mór Jókai
  14. An involuntary contraction of his facial muscles betrayed him, and the Chinaman pulled the dagger away before the resident could impale himself upon it. – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham