A brand from the burning

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • A brand from the burning one snatched out of a pressing danger—from Amos, iv. 11
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brand, brond, from root of Burn.

Usage

In literature:

Who is there among you, my friends, that may not snatch a brand from the burning!
"Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home" by Bayard Taylor
He asked, he urged, he claimed the boon of a brand snatched from the burning.
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
Your family preserved, and a brand snatched from the burning!
"Peg O' My Heart" by J. Hartley Manners
She regarded Mrs. Tufton as a brand she had plucked from the burning and took a great deal of trouble with her.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
He was as a brand plucked from the burning.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
If it should be given me to pluck thee as a brand from the burning!
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
I was snatched from it like a brand from the burning!
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
He was, indeed, a brand plucked from the burning.
"Everlasting Pearl" by Anna Magdalena Johannsen
I'm too big a brand for a slim chap like you to pluck from the burning, to our mutual comfort.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
T.,' that all might read how a brand had been snatched from the burning.
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
Sir Lionel was still at her back; he also might be a brand that had been rescued from the burning.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
He is bound to look upon the suppliant as a brand to be saved from the burning.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Heaven had mercy upon me, and you behold a brand plucked from the burning.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
I bet he took me for a brand plucked from the Presbyterian burning.
"Deep Moat Grange" by S. R. Crockett
The truth is he was plucked away from the white scourge as a brand from the burning.
"A Cry in the Wilderness" by Mary E. Waller
From its hearth younger scions separating from the parent stock take away a burning brand to their new home.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
Shall I hesitate to keep my days in constant solitude, who am but a brand plucked from the burning?
"Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar" by George Smith
And I did think Raymond was a brand plucked from the burning.
"The Winning of the Golden Spurs" by Percy F. Westerman
Grant that they can snatch only a few brands from the burning.
"The Brothers' War" by John Calvin Reed
But she's a good girl, Edna is, if she is a brand from the burning.
"Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color" by Brander Matthews
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In poetry:

Then a voice cried, "Rise, O master!
From the burning brand of oak
Shape the thought that stirs within thee!"
And the startled artist woke,--
"By The Fireside : Gaspar Becerra" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow