Then I tossed him a Yorker which he missed and it went off at a tangent
as soon as it had reached the tree.
But the reason why he wants sometimes to go off at a tangent
may just be that he is predestined to make the road, and perhaps, too, that however stupid the "direct" practical man may be, the thought sometimes will occur to him that the road almost always does lead somewhere, and that the destination it leads to is less important than the process of making it, and that the chief thing is to save the well-conducted child from despising engineering, and so giving way to the fatal idleness, which, as we all know, is the mother of all the vices.
The pony ran off at a sharp angle to inspect a lamp-post on the opposite side of the way, and then went off at a tangent
to another lamp-post on the other side.
The creatures are always going off at a tangent
into some fantastic employment, or ridiculous speculation, entirely at variance with the "fitness of things," and having no business whatever to be considered as a business at all.
The vessel seemed to go off at a tangent
to its former course and leapt almost instantly from view into the fog.
His flying off at a tangent
was indisputably natural.
"Say!" Billy went off at a tangent
. "By next winter, with everything hummin' an' shipshape, what's the matter with us makin' a visit to Carmel?
hu!" - and the devil, dropping at once the sanctity of his demeanor, opened to its fullest extent a mouth from ear to ear, so as to display a set of jagged and fang-like teeth, and, throwing back his head, laughed long, loudly, wickedly, and uproariously, while the black dog, crouching down upon his haunches, joined lustily in the chorus, and the tabby cat, flying off at a tangent
, stood up on end, and shrieked in the farthest corner of the apartment.
The mate obeyed, although he kept an anxious eye on the whale, which had gone off at a tangent
and was smoking away to the eastward.