sink back

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It seems as though the brightest side of everything were also its highest and best, so that as our little lives sink back behind us into the dark sea of forgetfulness, all that which is the lightest and the most gladsome is the last to sink, and stands above the waters, long in sight, when the angry thoughts and smarting pain are buried deep below the waves and trouble us no more.
He was slender to emaciation, cavernously checked, roll after roll of skin, no longer encasing flesh or muscle, hanging grotesquely down his neck and swathing the Adam's apple so that only occasionally, with queer swallowing motions, did it peep out of the mummy-wrappings of skin and sink back again from view.
Now, with the newborn question in his mind, he was compelled to sink back into his old place as part of a blue demonstration.
The referendum means Scotland is not about to sink back into old Westminster voting patterns.
Normally, the third eyelid is held back by the position of the eyeball, so anything that makes the eyeball shrink slightly or sink back into the head will allow the membrane to slip up.
Western nations involved inSomaliaworry it could sink back into chaos and provide a launch pad for Islamist militancy.
FEEL the tensions of the day fade away as you sink back into this luxurious leather-upholstered chair.
The 2-1 defeat at Charlton saw them sink back into the drop zone ahead of a massive home clash with Burnley at Molineux on Saturday.
Plates would then have to cool at the surface and become dense enough to sink back into the mantle, starting the process over.
UK economy could sink back into recession - April 25).
Like other troubled governments in Europe, Rajoy faces the delicate task of a deficit reduction measures in a country whose economy is expected to sink back into recession.
His art traversed empyreal heights and immanent grounds--touching transcendence only to sink back down into earthly concerns.