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devil's bit

devil's bit

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(Plants) devil's bit scabious. See scabious23
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He was throwing stones at howling urchins from Devil's Row who were circling madly about the heap and pelting at him.
Howls of renewed wrath went up from Devil's Row throats.
On the ground, children from Devil's Row closed in on their antagonist.
In the yells of the whirling mob of Devil's Row children there were notes of joy like songs of triumphant savagery.
He glanced over into the vacant lot in which the little raving boys from Devil's Row seethed about the shrieking and tearful child from Rum Alley.
It was a season of unequalled prosperity in Devil's Ford.
When I've built that there reservoir on Devil's Spur, and bring the water over the ridge from Union Ditch, there'll be enough to spare for that.
The foundation of their airy castles lay already before them in the strip of rich alluvium on the river bank, where the North Fork, sharply curving round the base of Devil's Spur, had for centuries swept the detritus of gulch and canyon.
Such was the position of affairs at Devil's Ford on the 13th of August, 1860.
In another instant the tree was deserted; the figures of the five millionaires of Devil's Ford, crossing the fierce glare of the open space, with boyish alacrity, glistened in the sunlight, and then disappeared in the nearest fringe of thickets.
Downright English am I, Sir Knight, and downright English was my patron St Dunstan, and scorned oc and oui, as he would have scorned the parings of the devil's hoof downright English alone shall be sung in this cell.
Then he talked to all the boys very seriously about cruelty, and said how hard-hearted and cowardly it was to hurt the weak and the helpless; but what stuck in my mind was this, he said that cruelty was the devil's own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to, for the devil was a murderer from the beginning, and a tormentor to the end.