White rent

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • White rent a quitrent when paid in silver; -- opposed to black rent.
    • White rent (Eng. Law) Formerly, rent payable in silver; -- opposed to black rent. See Blackmail n., 3.
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Usage

In literature:

He digs hard to pay rent to the white girl who owns the remnant of the place.
"The Souls of Black Folk" by W. E. B. Du Bois
The slate-coloured waves chopped softly, and the light wind blowing their foam hither and thither spotted them with white rents.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
The rent of the store was moderate; and the stock made a fine showing of neat white boxes, attractively displayed.
"Cabbages and Kings" by O. Henry
The ship rent the net with a wake of white fire.
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
It was Johnston, his face was white and haggard, his clothing rent and soiled.
"The Land of the Changing Sun" by William N. Harben
An' now 'e goes round in a white shirt, an' draws 'is rents.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone
His dress was snow-white, as beseemed a priest, but there were patches and rents to be seen here and there.
"An Egyptian Princess, Complete" by Georg Ebers
So, too, did the holes in the dirty white gloves, and some rents in the draggled but elaborate dress.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He wore a blue serge suit which was heavily besmeared with white plaster and the trousers were rent across one knee.
"The Yellow Streak" by Valentine Williams
When ah wuz very small dey rented me out tuh some very po' white fokes.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

He has heard in the grave the cries
Of his people: "Awake! arise!"
He has rent the gold brocade
Whereof his shroud was made;
He is risen! the White Czar,
Batyushka! Gosudar!
"The White Czar. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I saw when I looked up, on either hand,
A pale high chalk-cliff, reared aloft in white;
A narrowing rent soon closed toward the land,—­
Toward the sea, an open yawning bight.
"Songs of the Voices of Birds: A Raven in a White Chine" by Jean Ingelow
"Also, one flag,--'t was nothing but a rag,
And what device it bore it little matters;
Red, white, and blue, but rent all through and through,
'Union forever' torn to shreds and tatters.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Martyrs! hungry peaks in air,
Rent with lightnings, clad with snow,
Crowned with stars! you strip me bare,
Pierce me, shame me, stretch me low,
Red of heat, but it may be,
White of heat, some envy me!
"The Song Of Theodolinda" by George Meredith
Such sights as these are truly magnificent to be seen,
Only that the mountain tops are white instead of green,
And rents and caverns in them, the same as on a rugged mountain side,
And suitable places, in my opinion, for mermaids to reside.
"Greenland's Icy Mountains" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

My friend's knuckles likely were white as he gripped the steering wheel of our rented car.
Neff White Paper Offers Method for Deciding to Rent or Buy.
Or rent nordic skis at the trailside White Pine Nordic Touring Center and join a guided tour .
He tells us they also rent out tubes to people looking to go on the white water course.
Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, spent the summer—or at least part of it—living in a rented room at White Bear Yacht Club .
Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, spent the summer—or at least part of it—living in a rented room at White Bear Yacht Club.
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