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The sailing- ship, with her unthrobbing body, seemed to lead mysteriously a sort of unearthly existence, bordering upon the magic of the invisible forces, sustained by the inspiration of life-giving and death- dealing winds.
Before the reading of that letter was completed lions and lion-hunting had fled my thoughts, and I was in a state of excitement bordering upon frenzy.
I must admit that I was in a state bordering upon nervous prostration when I entered the -and-Club, in Algiers, and inquired for Mr.
Their rescue by the English tug was entirely probable; the capture of the enemy U-33 by the tug's crew was not beyond the range of possibility; and their adventures during the perilous cruise which the treachery and deceit of Benson extended until they found themselves in the waters of the far South Pacific with depleted stores and poisoned water-casks, while bordering upon the fantastic, appeared logical enough as narrated, event by event, in the manuscript.
The country bordering upon the river was frequently gashed with deep ravines, or traversed by high bluffs, to avoid which, the travellers were obliged to make wide circuits through the plains.
Bumble, turning out of the main street of the town, directed their course towards a scattered little colony of ruinous houses, distant from it some mile and a-half, or thereabouts, and erected on a low unwholesome swamp, bordering upon the river.
If, however, Bon-Bon was barely three feet in height, and if his head was diminutively small, still it was impossible to behold the rotundity of his stomach without a sense of magnificence nearly bordering upon the sublime.
Once he had shown a glimpse of his talent, United fans yearned for more and every time he picked up the ball there was a genuine anticipation, bordering upon outright excitement, that something special was about to follow.
Written in a journalistic style at times bordering upon travelogue and memoir, Cassaniti makes the book accessible to a wide audience.
The BBC gloried in posting mockup photos of Jeremy Corbyn each seeking to outdo the previous one in their attempt to lampoon him, likewise newspapers, when even the Guardian deserted the longheld position of being moderately liberal, to becoming wholly illiberal, bordering upon neocon.
These performances are becoming businesslike; they are now bordering upon the routine, and that's exactly what Newcastle will need if they are to return to the Premier League.