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Spell-stopped

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spell-stopped (Shak.) entranced, fascinated
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spell, a narrative; Goth. spill, Ice. spjall, a tale.

Usage

In literature:

Arter a spell, he stopped.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
We stopped and visited quite a spell, real affectionate and agreeable.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
After taking your treatment one month the spells stopped.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
I have to stop, too, sometimes, to think how to spell the words.
"A Popular Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
We must know our spelling in this way, so that we do not have to stop and think how to spell each word.
"The Recitation" by George Herbert Betts
We all stopped eating as if we'd been struck by a spell.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Ah sure gwine took er frenzy spell if dis doan stop right smart.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers" by Jessie Graham Flower
Apollo could read a chapter from the Bible without stopping to spell.
"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
He wouldn't stand for any change of program, and he wouldn't stop for breathin'-spells.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Here my horse suddenly stopped, and I sat in my saddle as if spell-bound.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He can read very well, though he sometimes stops to spell the words, just as I do.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Germans had only stopped the struggle for a breathing spell.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
Well, to stop eppisodin' and resoom backwards for a spell.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
When she wrote with running pen she never stopped to spell.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
It will stop the hole in my stomach for a spell, and when I come back there'll be plenty of time to eat meat.
"Dick in the Desert" by James Otis
The leader stopped electrified, and all present stood spell-bound, listening breathlessly for what would follow.
"Success and How He Won It" by E. Werner
The other boats stopped also as the music of the sweet, young voice floated down the stream, and one and all felt the spell.
"Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir" by Charles Garvice
A little breathing spell was necessary; she would stop and tell auntie all about it!
"Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale" by Ida Glenwood
He has the book and there is no power strong enough to stop the spell.
"Seeing Things at Night" by Heywood Broun
When he came back, he thought, perhaps he might manage to stop a spell, and tell her a little about things.
"Narcissa, or the Road to Rome" by Laura E. Richards
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In poetry:

He goes to the well,
And he stands on the brink,
And stops for a spell
Jest to listen and think:
For the sun in his eyes (jest like this, sir!), you see, kinder made
the cuss blink.
"Dow's Flat" by Francis Bret Harte
But he hadn't ridden far, when he stopped as in dismay,
And searched for his bags of gold, but they were away,
And pondering in his mind as spell-bound he stood,
Had he dropped them, or left them behind in the wood.
"The Faithful Dog Fido" by William Topaz McGonagall
’Twas winter on the mountains then—
The air was rather chill,
And so we stopped beside the inn
That stands below the hill. A fire was burning in the bar,
And Johnny thought a glass Would give the tired horse a spell
And help us up the Pass.
"The Ghost at the Second Bridge" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Mars Inc announced recently it is stopping production of chocolate bars with more than 250 calories – which spells the end for the 510-calorie king-size bar.
A make-Up less Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott stop by Bristol Farms grocery store in LA on December 8, 2012.
Then when she handed it to President Obama, it stopped crying MSNBC hailed him as a great peacemaker FOX News accused him of casting spells on children.
The rain has stopped and registration is open now for the Ninth Annual Austin Chronicle Spelling Bee.
The rain has stopped and registration is open now for the Ninth Annual Austin Chronicle Spelling Bee .
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