"I see a thing like a teetotum spinning in and out--knocking into things-- dashing from side to side--collecting numbers--more and more and more, till the whole place is thick with them.
His fingers showed that the waltzing teetotums had spun over the edge of the counterpane and fallen off the bed into infinity.
Ask Polly; she 'll spin you round like a teetotum
Merry tumbled head foremost into the excavation; the man with the bandage spun round like a teetotum
and fell all his length upon his side, where he lay dead, but still twitching; and the other three turned and ran for it with all their might.
"There isn't anybody here, you know, except the Other Professor and he isn't here!" he added wildly, turning round and round like a teetotum
'Are you a child or a teetotum
?' the Sheep said, as she took up another pair of needles.
Father Brown started and spun half round like an absurd teetotum
. "What, what?" he cried seeming galvanized into sudden life.
While heaping these compliments on Mr Flintwinch, he rolled him about with a hand on each of his shoulders, until the staggerings of that gentleman, who under the circumstances was dryer and more twisted than ever, were like those of a teetotum
Wet days, when the rain came slowly, thickly, obstinately down; when the street's throat, like his own, was choked with mist; when smoking umbrellas passed and re-passed, spinning round and round like so many teetotums
, as they knocked against each other on the crowded footway, throwing off a little whirlpool of uncomfortable sprinklings; when gutters brawled and waterspouts were full and noisy; when the wet from the projecting stones and ledges of the church fell drip, drip, drip, on Toby, making the wisp of straw on which he stood mere mud in no time; those were the days that tried him.
So imperturbable was the air with which he gravely bent to his work that Riderhood remained staring at him, without having found a retort, until he had rowed past a line of wooden objects by the weir, which showed like huge teetotums
standing at rest in the water, and was almost hidden by the drooping boughs on the left bank, as he rowed away, keeping out of the opposing current.
Pictures, cigar cases, snuff, sewing and jewellery boxes all made from straw from the prisoners' bedding; mutton bones turned into everything from crude knuckle bone apple corers and so-called "teetotum
" spinning gaming dice to elaborate and magnificent models of ships of the line, their rigging made from prisoners' own plaited hair; mechanical toys of miniature working models of spinning jennies and gruesome French guillotines complete with armed guards, canon and even a headless victimthere's so much to seek out.