inner man


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inner man

n
1. a man's mind, soul, or nature
2. jocular the stomach or appetite

in′ner man′


n.
1. one's spiritual or intellectual being.
2. Facetious. one's stomach or appetite.
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Immediately 'the inner man' of each individual would be displayed before him, like a game of cards, in which he unerringly might read what the future of every person presented was to be.
When he hurried that confidential servant, it was a sure sign of disturbance in the inner man.
Dimmesdale reached home, his inner man gave him other evidences of a revolution in the sphere of thought and feeling.
It had been a simple, a nutritious diet; but there had been nothing exciting about it, and the odour of Burgundy, and the smell of French sauces, and the sight of clean napkins and long loaves, knocked as a very welcome visitor at the door of our inner man.
This attracts the soul, Governs the inner man, the nobler part; That other o'er the body only reigns, And oft by force--which to a generous mind So reigning can be no sincere delight.
He had not expected that the journey would be a long one; but when, league after league, he had been misled as to the distance by the lying statements of the peasants, he thought it would be prudent not to venture any farther without fortifying the inner man. Small as were his chances of finding any housewife in her dwelling at a time when every one was hard at work in the fields, he stopped before a little cluster of cottages that stood about a piece of land common to all of them, more or less describing a square, which was open to all comers.
He admitted that it was like waiting with one's pads on; and in my slender experience of the game of which he was a world's master, that was an ordeal not to be endured without a general quaking of the inner man. I was, on the other hand, all right when I got to the metaphorical wicket; and half the surprises that Raffles sprung on me were doubtless due to his early recognition of the fact.
Mason & Sons; and fed the inner man (and woman) via bakers Scribbans Kemp.
First, he attempts to lay out the inner man. Despite sparse relevant evidence, he claims Hutton to be a hard drinker (especially of claret) and a "scurrilous rogue" who kept a secret from his friends about the existence of an illegitimate son (180).
This was due to his desire to reveal the inner man or woman, to expose what made them tick, rather than fill the column with airily comforting references to the loved one.
He works so hard at his show of easy informality that you rarely sense the inner man and the anguish that must be there.
While I am busy worrying whether I have too much skin for my neck, it could be that women really are telling the truth when they say they are attracted by the inner man and see past surface attractiveness in a way that we shallow males just cannot.