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You can't get my goat, and maybe I can't get yours entirely, but I can keep you under my thumb to work for me.
But they were overcome by unutterable amazement when Mr Pancks, going close up to the most venerable of men and halting in front of the bottle-green waistcoat, made a trigger of his right thumb and forefinger, applied the same to the brim of the broad-brimmed hat, and, with singular smartness and precision, shot it off the polished head as if it had been a large marble.
Gentlemen, my uncle walked on with his thumbs in his waistcoat pockets, taking the middle of the street to himself, and singing, now a verse of a love song, and then a verse of a drinking one, and when he was tired of both, whistling melodiously, until he reached the North Bridge, which, at this point, connects the old and new towns of Edinburgh.
It is solid ivory, polished like a mirror, and is four or five inches long--round, and as thick as a large man's wrist, with the end squared off flat, for your thumb to rest on; for you grasp it, with your thumb resting on the blunt end-- so--and lift it along and strike downward.
The Simpson baby had cuddled down sleepily in Rebecca's lap, leaning her head back and sucking her thumb contentedly.
With his face turned towards me, as he finished, but without looking at me, he took his crooked thumb off the spot where he had planted it, and slowly and thoughtfully scraped his lank jaw with it, as if he were shaving himself.
Now,' she said, 'put the ring upon the thumb of your left hand, and you will see how strong that hand has become.
Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca went cautiously across the hearth-rug.
Then, applying his thumb to his nose, he thought proper to make an indescribable movement with the rest of his fingers.
Hatherley's thumb, and that of Colonel Warburton's madness.
He went down there"--and he jerked his thumb over his shoulder in one of his undistinguished gestures-- "and can't have passed three lamp-posts yet.
Now--odd as you may think it--it came to pass that this good woman's wish was fulfilled, just in the very way she had wished it; for, not long afterwards, she had a little boy, who was quite healthy and strong, but was not much bigger than my thumb.