Do we say riff or rift

riff 34 occurrences

Here I found assembled a motley assemblage of citizens, negroes, steamboat-hands, and the general riff-raff of the place.

Shy of meeting those who had once treated him as an equal, imagining when he did meet them that now they only admitted him to their company on sufferance and held him in their thoughts of no account, he had become avid for recognition among the riff-raff of the town.

Princes and Government officials also travel with an enormous following, mainly composed of hangers-on and riff-raff, who plunder and devastate as ruthlessly as a band of Kurd or Turkoman robbers.

She could not imagine his "putting on airs," as he would call it, though she thought it might be better if he were less of the "hail-fellow-well-met," and more of the master in manner among his own cattlemen, and particularly with the wild riff-raff that had rushed to his land with the oil boom.

Something has thus been gained; but the greatest gain ever yet won for the cause of peace was the refusal of the Catalonian reservists to serve in the war against the Riff mountaineers of Morocco in July 1909.

Their influence in government would be infinitely more wholesome than the influence of the white sansculotte, the riff-raff, the idlers, the rowdies, and the outlaws.

"I am sorry for that," he rejoined, with evident disapproval; "she oughtn't to have come among these riff-raff.

Oh, sic riff-raff!

I tried to find a railway official; but I might almost as well have looked for a flea in a flower-gardenno badges, no distinctive marks, the station full of all the riff-raff of the town;it was hopeless.

"The article then goes on to explain the methods employed at electionsviz., a lazy fellow who wont work, brawls, and drinks, and spouts, and defames every honest man in the ward, till he becomes a semi-deity among the riff-raff, then "his position is found out by those who want to use him.

First, that honest people should not leave politics to the riff-raff.

That night I walked through the waist of the ship and on to the promenade-deck of the third-class passengers, where a huddle of stores, coiled ropes, and riff-raff prevented these poor from taking any pleasurable exercise.

A couple o' policemen was standing by the gate and arf the riff-raff of Wapping behind 'em.

In the most obscure alley in Marseilles there is a caf frequented by sailors, riff-raff from the waterfront and thieves.

It was quite as evident, too, that the criminal riff-raff of this world and hour found lodging in the lower city, as did its aristocracy in The Pleiad.

They were the riff-raff of the battle, the skulkers, the cowards, the slightly wounded, making pin pricks an excuse for escape.

Bell, from a side window joined in, and a single glance told the reason: up from the south rode cavalry, sweeping the pike clean of its riff-raff, and behind, barely visible through the dust, tramped a compact mass of infantry, breaking into double time.

But de Cap'ns bein' dere kep' de rip-rap[FN: riff-raff] sojers frum tearin' up ever'thing.

When the Parson therefore in his order comes to tell his tale, which reflected on the clergy, he says, I am a southern man, I cannot jest, rum, ram, riff, by letter, And God wote, rime hold I but little better.

She was one of a mob, composed of all the unoccupied riff-raff of Folkestone, who were following the band of the Third Berkshire Infantry, then in camp at Sandgate.

But they are the people of quality and tone, about whom one wants to know much more than about sun-burnt and positive Generalsthe strong silent sortor overworked politicians bent on conciliating the riff-raff.

Thus it would finally result that the ordinary unspecialized flowers, which depended upon small insect riff-raff, would be mostly left yellow or white; those which appealed to rather higher insects would become pink or red; and those which laid themselves out for bees or butterflies, the aristocrats of the arthropodous world, would grow for the most part to be purple or blue.

Back of all are Dhobee, the washerman, and Dirzce, the tailor, and Mehter, the sweeper, and Mussalehee, the torch-boy, and Metranee, the scullion,and all the rest of the household riff-raffry.

Swam out of sight of the sands to rid myself of a view of the excursion riff-raff thereon congregated.

Some of the plingers amongst this riff-raff must have recognized their mate, and thinking that the trouble was merely a case of a street beggar insulting a citizen, and noting that this one wore the hated uniform of a railroad manevery tough's sworn enemythey made common cause and the next moment Joe saw a heavy beer bottle descending upon his head, then all was darkness.

rift 150 occurrences

The murky light was too dim for me to make out details; but after a moment a rift in the veil enabled me to identify Dr. Schermerhorn carrying, with great difficulty, the chest.

You, I am sure, will forgive me for sincerely remarking that you might curb your magnanimity, and be more of an artist, and load every rift of your subject with ore.

Over the western hill, through a rift in the clouds, peeped a star.

There was a rift in the sombre roofing of clouds; she saw a strip of clean blue sky through which a splendid sun shone.

In this greasy rift the air lay thick, as though smeared into a groove.

Her duty as a queen demanded that the rift should not appear in public; her injured pride as a woman refused to admit more.

With every desire to look for the silver lining, I could not but feel that the rift between these two haughty spirits had now reached such impressive proportions that the task of bridging same would be beyond even my powers.

The opposition was not slow to take advantage of the rift, and planted itself on the side of his Royal Highness.

She had not reached the measure of her destiny, but for that, mercifully, she had not very long to wait, and yet there was to be another slight rift in the clouds of misery.

Then the man at the bat reached first on a scratch hit and a fumble, and there seemed to be a small rift in the clouds which had lowered over the heads of the Yale freshmen so long.

"Now, no one outside of you and me andwell you and meknows that there is a rift in our lute.

" The gray hat with the plume had shown itself once more in a rift of the smoke.

For some time Wieck joined hands and pen with Schumann in this great cause, till gradually his fears for the career of the jealously guarded Clara caused a widening rift between the old man and the young.

Sometimes the strain under which the two lovers lived caused a little rift within the lute.

At the bottom of the first six-hundred-foot descent it made a mighty shower of mist like escaping steam from a giant rift in some titanic boiler, and soon reached the floor of the valley.

We were shown the pine tree, one hundred and fifty feet high, growing out of a rift in the rocks on its perpendicular face, more than two-thirds of the distance from its base.

But Denyer, being only a BUCKROSE villain, which is a very mild variety, packed Sophia home again; Arthur, after the usual crisis, recovered; and the symbolic dove was the only inmate of the cottage for whom the little rift remained unhappily permanent.

BEDIENT FOR THE PLEIAD Bedient dreamed: He was sitting in the dark, in a high, still place; and at last (through a rift in the far mountains), a faint ghost appeared, waveringly white.

This rift in the smoothness of the ice was some fifteen feet wide and extended far out from the shore, so that those wishing to pass beyond it had to skate out around its end and so get to the other side.

"Tis too wide for a standing jump, Monsieur," said St. Aulaire, looking alternately at Calvert and the rift of broken, jagged ice, and laughing recklessly.

At the rift in the wood she had leaned on a huge oak and as body and mind again failed had sunk to its base in leafy hiding.

Now these heroes saw a rift on the surface of the earth.

From that moment the rift between them and their English brethren grew steadily wider, and was never afterwards thoroughly healed.

As we reached the road leading to Barcy, there was a rift in the clouds, and a long golden ray shot through an enormous breach in the church tower, flickered a moment upon a group of roofless houses, and was gone.

A cessation of the warm rain, a rift in the sky, and the rare spectacle of cloud scenery, combined with a certain sense of freedom, restored that light-hearted gayety that became him most.

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