half-drowned

half-drowned

adj
nearly dead or killed by immersion in liquid: half-drowned crewmen lay on the planks.
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He found a half-drowned young crow another time an' he brought it home, too, an' tamed it.
Nothing will cure your son, madam, of his amatory passion for that half-drowned lady of his but change--and another lady.
When the storm finished and left every body drenched through and through, and melancholy and half-drowned, the ascensionists came down from the mountain as dry as so many charity-sermons
The evening's entertainment presently closed, and we joined the innumerable caravan of half-drowned strangers, and waded home again.
During all this time the ship lay rolling in the trough of the sea, the heavy surges breaking over her, and the spars heaving and banging to and fro, bruising the half-drowned sailors that clung to the bowsprit and the stumps of the masts.
No sooner was Rowena seated, than a burst of music, half-drowned by the shouts of the multitude, greeted her new dignity.
In that simple heart waged a fierce conflict; the crushing sense of wrong, the foreshadowing, of a whole life of future misery, the wreck of all past hopes, mournfully tossing in the soul's sight, like dead corpses of wife, and child, and friend, rising from the dark wave, and surging in the face of the half-drowned mariner
Moreover, the conviction of not being utterly destroyed returned to him through the sensations of being half-drowned, bestially shaken, and partly choked.
With her face as hard as ever -- with less tenderness of look and manner than most women would have shown if they had been rescuing a half-drowned fly from a milk-jug -- she silently and patiently fanned him for five minutes or more.
Half-drowned, exhausted, they were hurled into this mad mortar of the elements and battered into formless flesh.
PC Leek, 33, relived the drama of more than 30 minutes in the bitter cold with the half-drowned, semiconscious man in his arms.
The IOOC said in the operation efforts were made to guide the half-drowned vessel to the shore by tug boats but since its heel had been in water, it was not possible to save it and the rope was left to let the vessel go to water.