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Usage examples for potpourri

  1. Here was a tail, there a leg; here an ear, there a nose- oh, it was a rare potpourri I can tell you! ” – Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions by Slason Thompson
  2. “ No one could look upon it without a feeling of heartache for the man who built that house, and probably struggled on year after year, building a little at a time as he could steal the lumber, getting a new workman each year, building a knob here and a protuberance there, putting in a three- cornered window at one point and a yellow tile or a wad of broken glass and other debris at another, patiently filling in around the ranch with any old rubbish that other people had got through with, painting it as he went along, taking what was left in the bottom of the pots after his neighbors had painted their bob- sleds or their tree boxes- little favors thankfully received- and then surmounting the whole pile with a potpourri of roof, and grand farewell incubus of humps and hollows for the rain to wander through and seek out the different cells where the lunatics live who inhabit it. ” – Remarks by Bill Nye
  3. Preceding the black troops everywhere, it produced a potpourri of full and semi- scores, melodies and plantation arias, that came as a refreshing novelty to weary English hearts and to the souls of jaded France. ” – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  4. The front door was open, showing a hall where stood a grandfather's clock and a spindle- legged table holding a bowl of potpourri – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  5. In the bedroom where Joan came again to altered consciousness of life, there stood a blue china jar of potpourri rose- leaves dried and spiced till they stored all the richness of a Southern summer. ” – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  6. That is so: but for that very reason let her read of this one, and taking off the cover of her own potpourri savor some faint scent of the dewy roses of the past springtime. ” – The King's Stratagem and Other Stories by Stanley J. Weyman
  7. So I left them, Mistress Catherine at the flax- wheel, and Mary out in the garden with Sir Humphrey, gathering roses for the potpourri jars, and the distilling into rosewater, for little idleness was permitted at Drake Hill even after a ball. ” – The Heart's Highway A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeeth Century by Mary E. Wilkins
  8. The air was soft, and sweet with the perfume of roses, roses living, and roses dead in a potpourri of scattered petals on the grass. ” – The Princess Virginia by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  9. And the rose he married comes to him a shrivelled leaf of a potpourri heap. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. It was not far; and it was barely ten minutes from the time he had left the Palace Saloon when he swung through Washington Square to Fifth Avenue, and, a moment later, turned from that thoroughfare, heading west toward Sixth Avenue, along one of those streets which, with the city's northward trend, had quite lost any distinctive identity, and from being once a modestly fashionable residential section had now become a conglomerate potpourri of small tradesmen's stores, shops and apartments of the poorer class. ” – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  11. But it was large and shadowy, the bedrooms smelled of lavender, the drawing- room of potpourri and in summer the wind blew through it from the hay- field, and garden scents filled the lower rooms. ” – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  12. If my poor talents enable me to respond in any degree to so much that is flattering, I venture, dear madam, to offer you a little musical potpourri – Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden
  13. The few panels that he drew for the Gobelins charm the eye with happy reminiscences of Lebrun, of Claude Audran, a potpourri of petals fallen from the roses of yesterday mixed with the spices of to- day. ” – The Tapestry Book by Helen Churchill Candee
  14. “ A sedan chair, an old screen, a sundial,- to quote only Austin Dobson,- need not be lovely in themselves to serve as pegs to hang a poem on; and all the atmosphere of the eighteenth century may be wafted from a jar of potpourri – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  15. “ A pin- cushion covered with a delicate imitation in needle- work of Irish guipure, the piano arrangement of 'Tristan and Isolde' and a potpourri from 'Parzifal, ' both for four hands, complete the number of birthday- gifts. ” – 'O Thou, My Austria!' by Ossip Schubin
  16. But what goes by the name to- day is a potpourri in which one can distinguish descriptions of legal forms, charters and institutions; comparative studies of governmental and social machinery; the history of institutions, a few " principles" like the law of rent, some moral admonitions, a good deal of class feeling, not a little timidity- but almost no attempt to cut beneath these manifestations of social life to the creative impulses which produce them. ” – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann

Rhymes for potpourri