away like chaff

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  • But what he said was borne away like chaff. Cited from The Inferno, by Henri Barbusse
  • One concerted attack by the idle American army would have swept them away like chaff. Cited from Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812, by Ralph D. Paine
  • Of course, in the first collision, the Church was swept away like chaff before the wind. Cited from Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 376, February 1847, Vol. 61
  • All resistance was swept away like chaff before the whirlwind. Cited from Castle Craneycrow, by George Barr McCutcheon
  • Every spirit was swept away like chaff before the burst of wind that, hurling and shrieking, bore down upon me. Cited from Animal Ghosts, by Elliott O'Donnell
  • The white fruit is then dried, and the remains of the rind blown away like chaff. Cited from Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons, Fredrick Accum
  • Only Miss Messiter and her punchers told the truth, and their words were blown away like chaff. Cited from Wyoming, Story of Outdoor West, by William M Raine
  • But when it did come the result was telling -- men falling on top of men, rear rank pushing forward the first rank, only to be swept away like chaff. Cited from History of Kershaw's Brigade, by D. Augustus Dickert
  • The soldiers of the Duke were swept away like chaff; I could see one here and another there struggling in the vortices of the angry multitude. Cited from Red Axe, by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • While immediate apprehensions -- were entertained of war with England, it was promptly said, that if this state of irritation continued, we should be able to sweep the South away like chaff. Cited from The Continental Monthly, Vol. I, Feb, 1862, Number II, by Various
  • Their theories, their controversial successes, their learned arguments, their appeals to the imagination, all seemed to go down, and to be swept away like chaff, before the breath of straightforward common sense and honesty. Cited from The Oxford Movement, by R.W. Church
  • When Jehovah came the air rushed away from Him like a wake; birds were blown away like chaff, and I clung to the sod and the trees and the rocks. Cited from Shallow Soil, by Knut Hamsun
  • September brought tropical storms and typhoons that were terrible, and he saw from his little house on the hillside big trees torn up by the root, buildings swept away like chaff, and out in the harbor great ships lifted from their anchorage and whirled away to destruction. Cited from The Black-Bearded Barbarian, by Marian Keith
  • It served as a boarding-house during our college days, but afterwards Professor James B. Thayer rented it for a term of years, until it was finally swept away like chaff by President Eliot's broom of reform. Cited from Cambridge Sketches, by Frank Preston Stearns
  • It was a /levee en masse/ of the humble, a rush of those who hungered for the miraculous, so irresistible in its impetuosity that mere common sense, mere considerations of public order were to be swept away like chaff. Cited from Three Cities Trilogy, Complete, by Emile Zola
  • Having often been served in its enterprises by the passions of the mob, the Parliament had not foreseen the day when those same outbursts would sweep it away like chaff before the wind with all that regimen of tradition and respect to which it still clung even in its most audacious acts of daring. Cited from A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times, V.6 of 6, by Guizot
  • Hungary's King, Sigismund, was able for a moment in 1396 to unite the nations of Europe against the common danger, but the proud array of mail-clad knights were swept away like chaff before the steady ranks of the janizaries. Cited from The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 8, by Rossiter Johnson
  • This gossip and information, Which the young sentinel picked up bit by bit, he pieced together to make a picture of an invincible, veteran British army, waiting to fall upon the huddled mob of "rebels" at Valley Forge, and sweep them away like chaff. Cited from The Junior Classics, Various
  • Presumptuous, he mounts: I toss his bones Back from the height supernal he has braved: Ay, as his vessel nears my perilous zones, I blow the cockle-shell away like chaff And give him to the Sea he has enslaved. Cited from The Little Book of Modern Verse, Ed. Rittenhouse