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To come honestly by

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To come honestly by To get honestly.
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Usage

In literature:

I'll show you you cannot come into honest men's offices to insoolt them by such insinuations!
"The Riverman" by Stewart Edward White
The horse is a fatal animal to us natives, and many a man's ruin starts from a bit of horse-flesh not honestly come by.
"Robbery Under Arms" by Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
Honest men always come by their own... Have you anything else to tell me?
"The Crystal Stopper" by Maurice LeBlanc
I wonder if you wouldn't like to turn an honest penny by coming over and working for me for a while?
"Vandemark's Folly" by Herbert Quick
It is to be done at once by sincere confession, and an honest prayer for forgiveness for the past, and strength for time to come.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
As to earning money, and coming by it as the sweet fruits of honest toil, that did not at all suit his idea.
"The Palace Beautiful" by L. T. Meade
It would be better, once for all, to disburden the conscience by coming forward honestly and truthfully.
"Garman and Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
Then, as such a thing was not to be come by honestly, the Wicked Wizard resolved to steal it.
"The Surprising Adventures of the Magical Monarch of Mo and His People" by L. Frank Baum
I'll see that you go by a boat manned by honest fellows who come regularly to the port.
"Yussuf the Guide" by George Manville Fenn
It may not be amiss to say that both jewels and money have been honestly come by.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
I had my suspicions that he had not come honestly by it, so would have nothin' to do with it.
"The Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
It is to be done at once, by sincere confession, and an honest prayer for forgiveness for the past, and strength for time to come.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
It is almost treason for an honest woman to have such an article in her house now, even if it could be fairly come by.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
All that is honestly come by, I want you to give to this young lady.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
The share now belongs to B, and stands in his name whether honestly come by or not.
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
Say I take twenty, come, by all that's honest I do it but to vex her.
"Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (8 of 10)" by Francis Beaumont
I had to swear to my grandfather that I had come by it honestly.
"With Fire and Sword" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
But people in Jo's position in life find it hard to change a sovereign, for who will believe that they can come by it honestly?
"Charles Dickens' Children Stories" by Charles Dickens
Yes, since this dreadful war had to be, the town has come honestly enough by its prosperity.
"Short Stories of the New America" by Various
One will almost begin to wonder, Mr. Paxton, if you can have come by them honestly.
"The Datchet Diamonds" by Richard Marsh
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In news:

He comes by this look honestly, as the man seems never to sleep.
She may come by it honestly, but I would not be surprised if I heard that Hafdis Huld's sound was scientifically crafted to perfectly zeitgeist indie music right now.
Rick at Mass Street Auto is a hardworking, honest street corner mechanic with fair pricing - hard to come by these days.
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