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English citations of hellion

Noun quotations

1888 1918 1922 1999
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  • 1888 — Charles Barker Bradford, Black Bass
    the helgramite—known to naturalists as the larvæ of the horned corydalis, locally called "dobsons," "dobsell," "hellion," "crawler," "kill-devil," etc.
  • 1918Jack London, The Red One
    "Then get up and fight along with me," I said to her. And she did. She was some hellion, there on the top of the world, clawing and scratching tooth and nail–a regular she cat.
  • 1922Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
    What a silky smooth hellion she was; and so composed and serene, when the cords all down my legs were hurting in sympathy with that man's pain.
  • 1999Cory Doctorow, Home Again, Home Again
    Not a cute freckled hellion. A miserable little shit who played hide-and-seek with the other miserable little shits in the bat-house, but played it violently

Adjective quotations

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  • 1922 - DuBose Heyward and Hervey Allen, Carolina Chansons
    Then such a storm came down// That some prayed on that hellion ship, //But he did not— //He was not born to drown.