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- Alternative form of north wind.
- 1846, Connop Thirlwall, The History of Greece, Volume II, New Edition, Longman et al. (publishers), page 264:
- 1882, Charles Lever, The Daltons; or, Three Roads in Life, Chapter XXXI, page 145:
- [...] and notwithstanding the cutting blasts of a northwind, and the sharp driftings of the half-frozen snow, [...]
- 1968, Kenneth Burke, Counter-Statement, ISBN 9780520001961, page 39:
- To illustrate more fully, if an author managed over a certain number of his pages to produce a feeling of sultriness, or oppression, in the reader, this would unconsciously awaken in the reader the desire for a cold, fresh northwind — and thus some aspect of a northwind would be effective if called forth by some aspect of sultriness.