sinking spell

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sinking spell a temporary decline in health or value
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Usage

In literature:

They mumble their incantations over you... the spell is done, and you sink back, cowed and whimpering!
"The Naturewoman" by Upton Sinclair
But of late he had been having curious little sinking spells.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
A sinking spell followed, from which he never rallied.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
Had sinking spells which lasted for thirty minutes.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The afternoon sun was sinking low when Pawnee Brown struck the outskirts of Honnewell (spelled by some writers, Honeywell).
"The Boy Land Boomer" by Ralph Bonehill
That day Elsket was taken ill. She had been trying to do a little work in the field in the afternoon, when a sinking spell had come on.
"Elsket" by Thomas Nelson Page
He ain't as strong as he lets on, and he has sort of sinking spells 'long about noon.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Johnny, who had taken a spell at the rear, heard him cry out, saw him stagger, struggle to hold his footing, then sink into the snow.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
One day at four o'clock he had a sudden sinking spell, and at five he was dead.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Johnny, who had taken a spell at the rear, heard him cry out, saw him stagger, struggle to hold his footing, then sink into the snow.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
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In poetry:

Nay! Peace, not so!
The wildest waves may feel thy sceptre's spell
And fear to flow,
But to and fro --
Beyond their reach lone waves on troubled seas
Will sink and swell.
"Rhyme" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Lift—lift up thy sinking heart, pilgrim of life!
A sure spell there is for thy spirit’s sad strife;
’Tis not to be found in the well-springs of earth,—
Oh! no, ’tis of higher and holier birth.
"Earth’s Moments Of Gloom" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
"Wot tart?" 'e asks. "Yeh mean this Flo?"
"P'r'aps not," I sez. "You ought to know."...
I waits an' lets me words sink in.
An' then- 'e beats me with that grin.
"Match-makin', Bill?" 'e laughs. "Oh, 'Ell!
You take up knittin' for a spell."
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis
There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.
"I Am In Need Of Music" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Under its spell, mulleteers can reach the highest of highs and then sink to the lowest of lows without reason or explanation.
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