sheer force

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The coal replied: 'I fortunately sprang out of the fire, and if I had not escaped by sheer force, my death would have been certain,--I should have been burnt to ashes.
Nay, he replied, `suppose' is not the word--I know it; but you will be found out, and by sheer force of argument you will never prevail.
With these words he approached the cavern, and perceived that it was impossible to let himself down or effect an entrance except by sheer force or cleaving a passage; so drawing his sword he began to demolish and cut away the brambles at the mouth of the cave, at the noise of which a vast multitude of crows and choughs flew out of it so thick and so fast that they knocked Don Quixote down; and if he had been as much of a believer in augury as he was a Catholic Christian he would have taken it as a bad omen and declined to bury himself in such a place.
He produced his everlasting pipe, from sheer force of habit.
The captain had thrust his head and shoulders out of the pilot-house, and was staring intently into the fog as though by sheer force of will he could penetrate it.
Upon this some of the courtiers seized her by the arms, and held her back by sheer force, at which she set up such a yell that the King himself heard it, and stepped out on to the balcony to see what was the matter.
By sheer force of character that excellent bird 'ad won the bloodless victory.
His boots soaked up most of the impact and split in two due to the sheer force of the shock.
A political end to the Yemen conflict though remains firmly in the hands of the Al Houthi militias, who have overtaken the country by the sheer force of arms almost a year ago.
00)the odds-on favourite by refusing to be beaten through sheer force of will EYECATCHER Connies Cross (6.
Barring one season at Sunderland - when he dragged the Black Cats out of the Championship through sheer force of personality - his role in charge of teams has been little short of unmitigated disaster.
A source told Grazia magazine: "George has been blown away by Amal's passion, her brains and sheer force of will.