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block

1. n. the head. Try to get this stuff through your block before the test.
2. n. the auction block. The painting went on the block and sold for nearly fifty-three million dollars.
3. n. a stupid person. (Possibly a back formation on blockhead.) You silly block! Get out of the way.
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"This block is very low, is there no other to be had?"
I can not conceive how those immense blocks of stone were ever hauled from the quarries, or how they were ever raised to the dizzy heights they occupy in the temples.
What you're after, why you left the block house, why you given me that there chart, I don't know, now, do I?
"Those blocks which you are trampling under foot, like worthless stones, contain gold-ore of great purity."
A block distant a hundred of our comrades had been holding a building.
Half a block on, passing the Forum Cafe, he stopped suddenly.
There, between two waters clear as crystal, through the open panels we were allowed to contemplate the beautiful bushes of brilliant coral and large blocks of rock clothed with a splendid fur of green variety of sites and landscapes along these sandbanks and algae and fuci.
One by one the masters mounted the rostrum beside the slave block upon which stood their chattels.
But he, strong man and hearty, used to such work, weary with the hard day and with a pleasant picture of the bright little flat waiting him a dozen blocks away when the job was done, spoke cheerfully, confidently, saying that he'd have them out in a jiffy, as he stooped and crawled under the car on hands and knees.
On open ground, do not try to block the enemy's way.
A gigantic block was held back by each of his extended arms.
"I've identified the big block to the left," he observed, and pointed with his fork at a square formed by several rows of lights.
In the first place, the enormous cutting tackles, among other ponderous things comprising a cluster of blocks generally painted green, and which no single man can possibly lift --this vast bunch of grapes was swayed up to the main-top and firmly lashed to the lower mast-head, the strongest point anywhere above a ship's deck.
One instant all was quiet and stability--the next, and the world rocked, the tortured sides of the narrow passageway split and crumbled, great blocks of granite, dislodged from the ceiling, tumbled into the narrow way, choking it, and the walls bent inward upon the wreckage.
Ponta lashed out, right and left, savagely as ever, and though Joe blocked the blows, such was the force of them that he was knocked backward several steps.