harpings

harpings

(ˈhɑːpɪŋz) or

harpins

pl n
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical wooden members used for strengthening the bow of a vessel
2. (Nautical Terms) shipbuilding wooden supports used in construction
[C17: perhaps related to French harpe cramp iron]
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She had read about it, studied about it, in the university in the course of earning her Bachelorship of Arts; but she was not original, not creative, and all manifestations of culture on her part were but harpings of the harpings of others.
The wind searched close along the earth, the stones were cutting and icy, the bare hazels wailed about him; and soon the air of the afternoon began to be vocal with those strange and dismal harpings that herald snow.
All day long, to the ear of the spirit, there was in this little library a sound of harping and singing and the telling of tales,--songs and tales of a world that never was, yet shall ever be.
said the messenger, harping on one theme as he rode.
The Russian told them that the ape was his--nothing further would he offer--but kept harping continually upon the same theme, "The ape is mine.
Winsett himself had a savage abhorrence of social observances: Archer, who dressed in the evening because he thought it cleaner and more comfortable to do so, and who had never stopped to consider that cleanliness and comfort are two of the costliest items in a modest budget, regarded Winsett's attitude as part of the boring "Bohemian" pose that always made fashionable people, who changed their clothes without talking about it, and were not forever harping on the number of servants one kept, seem so much simpler and less self-conscious than the others.
I left him still harping on that string, and suffering, I believe, the only serious attack of mental distress that had ever affected him in the whole course of his life.
Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues.
To everyone who came into his shop he talked of the matter, and in his own household he drove his fam- ily distracted by his constant harping on the subject.
Rankeillor; and that lady had scarce left us again to ourselves and a bottle of wine, ere he was back harping on my proposal.
It filled her with uneasiness to find him harping on this string, but all that she could do, was to lead him quickly to some other subject, and to dismiss it from his brain.
Well," said Joe, still harping on it as though I had particularly pressed it, "if I was yourself, Pip, I wouldn't.