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Usage examples for onset

  1. I wandered with that manner, for the next hour or two, all over the place and looked, I have no doubt, as if I were ready for any onset – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  2. Upon this first onset those who were not privy to the design were astonished and their horror and amazement at what they saw were so great, that they durst not fly nor assist Caesar, nor so much as speak a word. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  3. Had I known this, I could have marked the onset with a less failing spirit. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  4. The ruffians made an attempt to rally and resist the onset but presently broke and ran, pursued by a half- dozen of his Majesty's defenders. – John Enderby by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  5. I am not Ignorant that no Part of the World is free from Sharpers, but I thought in another Place I might better resist their first Onset and let them gain no ground upon me, while Rule I here neglected for want of Experience. – Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) by Daniel Defoe
  6. Clemens, who usually spent his forenoon in bed with his reading and his letters, came to the green table of skill and chance eager for the onset if the fates were kindly, he approved of them openly. – 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
  7. Twice and again the stricken man paused for breath and ease from torture, though the sounds of array, now on two sides, threatened at every step to become the cry of onset – Kincaid's Battery by George W. Cable
  8. At the first onset Sintoba had drawn the assegai which he carried concealed about his person, and had leaped to the assistance of his master. – The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley by Bertram Mitford
  9. With the admission, however, of the first detachment, a violent onset was made upon the gate by the whole Spanish force. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
  10. His impetuous onset could not be resisted by a man unfortified with the belief that he had acted justly; and Mahommed the grazier was soon struck to the ground, and left rolling in the dust in the agonies of death. – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  11. The onset of their attack was invariably sudden and with scarcely any warning. – Disturbing Sun by Robert Shirley Richardson
  12. But Bart Hodge met its onset with a stout heart, raining his blows with such swiftness and precision that it dropped to the deck. – Frank Merriwell's Reward by Burt L. Standish
  13. The savages, of whom there were about thirty, were so taken aback by the suddenness and success of this onset that for a few seconds they did not pursue. – The Settler and the Savage by R.M. Ballantyne
  14. Yet his onset could have had little effect, had not Desaix shaken the enemy and left him liable to a panic like that which brought disaster to the Imperialists at Rivoli. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  15. He had felt the onset of illness perhaps an hour before. – Bolden's Pets by F. L. Wallace
  16. They stormed down to the frozen fjord, where the peasants were forming their battle line, and made a fierce onset – The Story of Norway by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  17. This movement being discovered by Romescos, was the first signal for an onset of creditors. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
  18. The onset was suddenly checked, and the Indians broke into two divisions. – Captured by the Navajos by Charles A. Curtis
  19. The onset was repulsed after a brief engagement, the Indians becoming panic- stricken for some reason never explained, and retreating. – Red Eagle and the Wars With the Creek Indians of Alabama. by George Cary Eggleston
  20. He has now made a grand onset – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger