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  • "I allus hated crabs!"
    "I allus hated crabs!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n allusiveness a quality characterized by indirect reference
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Allusiveness The quality of being allusive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n allusiveness The quality of being allusive.
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  • Clifton Fadiman
    Clifton Fadiman
    “I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.”


In literature:

Be sewer Sammywell tha allus gooas to his shop when tha wants a pooastage stamp.
"Yorkshire Tales. Third Series" by John Hartley
He've allus bin fearful fain o' t' lasses, has Jim, an' I've telled him more nor once I'd have no more on't.
"More Tales of the Ridings" by Frederic Moorman
Miss Margie allus made 'em send fer her when de chilluns wuz bawned in de slave cabins.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Mammy said dey didn't never git my Daddy, 'cause he allus had his ticket to show.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Some allusions were unintelligible.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He made no allusion to that sin which weighed so heavily on her, but answered all her questions.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
At the same time those who assert that her allusions were coarse, have no good foundation for such a calumny.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Dat's why I allus sticks to de truth, I does.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
You allus loses de best, you know.
"The Starbucks" by Opie Percival Read
Perhaps I may never mention it at all, but on the contrary carefully avoid all allusion to you.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Nimrod, signifying a fawn, gave occasion to many allusions about a fawn, and fawn-skin, in the Dionusiaca, and other mysteries.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
This allusion to the boots almost cowed Mr. Cheesacre, and made him turn away, leaving Bellfield with the widow.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Guess you allus was sweet on Miss Dianny.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Pop allus said I was too little.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Ther's allus folk ready to set me workin'.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was celebrated some years ago from an allusion to it made by Napoleon III.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
These mysterious allusions troubled him.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
Thar more trouble than thar worth; an' they allus will be till they larn ter fight Injuns in th' Injun way.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
Then, some special friends allus come home to dinner with us, an' after that we had games an' singin'.
"The Frontiersman" by H. A. Cody
He waz allus on thu prod, stompin' aroun' darin' thu other critters to fite.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer

In poetry:

With fairest ideas my bosom I stored,
Allusive to none but the nymph I adored;
And the more I, with study, my fancy refined,
The deeper impression she made on my mind.
"The Scholar's Relapse" by William Shenstone
Yes, suh, I 's comin' ez fas' ez I kin,--
Twas kin' o' da'k, but hit 's lightah agin:
P'omised yo' pappy I 'd allus tek keer
Of you,--yes, mastah,--I 's follerin',--hyeah!
"The News" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
For tha puts me i' mind ov a time long ago,
When thi father wor just sich a jockey as thee;
An tho' aw'm a widdy, an poor as a crow,
Ther'll be allus a bite an a sup for thee.
"Come Thi Ways In" by John Hartley
Chune my fiddle, an' de bridge go "bang!"
An' I lef' 'er right back whah she allus hang,
An' de tribble snap short an' de apern split
When dey no mortal man wah a-tetchin' hit!
"When De Folks Is Gone" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Why Deeath," aw sed, "fowk allus say,
Yo come to fotch us chaps away!
But this seems strange, soa tell me pray,
Ha wor't yo coom?
Wor it to tell us keep away,
Yo hav'nt room?"
"A Strange Stooary" by John Hartley
If onny naybor is sick or distressed,
Shoe sends what shoo can an allus her best;
An if onny young fowk chonce to fall i' disgrace,
They fly straight to her and they tell her ther case.
"Happen Thine" by John Hartley

In news:

Bianchi's New Allusion Line Of Concealment Holsters Now Available.
Because the most successful allusions require only tacit acknowledgment — or, at most, an allusive reply equally opaque to the clueless — we are frequently saved the embarrassment of recognizing our own ignorance and exclusion.
Brewery's beer bottle caps busted for Weed allusion .
Josh Pearson, the 28-year-old singer-guitarist-songwriter for the Texas-based art-rock band Lift to Experience, lives and works in a world drenched in Judeo-Christian allusion and metaphor.
Some, to show an affinity to poetry, slip allusions to famous poems into their everyday headlines.
Most of us miss these allusions .
Funny that during the winter, when Austin's famous colony of Mexican free-tailed bats has migrated to Mexico, allusions to the chiropterans take wing.
Bianchi's 135 Supression is one of three Allusion concealment holsters.
Mark O'Donnell's acid-tinged Christmas novel Let Nothing You Dismay becomes rather dense in its pileups of literary allusion and wordplay, but it seems churlish to complain that a book is too witty.
Istvan Deak's discussion of German guilt on the eve of and during the Second World War contained a number of allusions to related problems in Eastern Europe.
For most stupidly tendentious allusion, in 2012, to an opinion by the Great Chief Justice, John Marshall.
It is an allusion to, or a reincarnation of, two famous moments in the novels of Henry James.
The author of "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake" loved vocal music, had a fine though small tenor voice, and littered his works with references and allusions to operatic arias and popular songs.
King Silas Benjamin (Ian McShane) resides in Shiloh in NBC's Kings, which is rife with biblical allusions and much, much more.
I hoped that there would be allusions to physical laws, mathmatical theories, and the theory of relativity.

In science:

We call the algorithm below the Fibonacci Cube algorithm by allusion to the Fibonacci series.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
As a first step in the direction of this long term allusive ob jective, we define in this text a simple notion of generalized valuation (with tempered growth) that allows one to mix the main viewpoints of places in a definition that contains but does not distinguish archimedean and non-archimedean valuations.
Global analytic geometry
Thus the conclusions of ref. that data show an allusion of a first order phase transition are premature as well.
Thermodynamics - a valuable approach to multifragmentation?
If matter is fractal it can not condense into points, however this allusion can still take place above the planck energy scale.
The quantum vacuum, fractal geometry, and the quest for a new theory of gravity
Which thus gives the allusion that spacetime is contracting in the classical real frame.
The quantum vacuum, fractal geometry, and the quest for a new theory of gravity
In fact if one applies this formulation with the planck length it destroys the principle of planckian invariance and gives an allusion to the existence of an Æther.
The quantum vacuum, fractal geometry, and the quest for a new theory of gravity
Observe that this criterion has no allusions whatsoever to any specific proposal for a quantum theory of gravitation.
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects
However, as is the case with Γ, it is conceptually inessential since, for the purposes of this paper, all allusions to balls as imaginary elements may be eliminated in favor of ob jects already definable in C.
Integration in algebraically closed valued fields
Thus far, we also have not discussed how to set v(t) beyond the brief allusion at the beginning that the dynamic teleportation will be based on Wikipedia pageviews.
Dynamic PageRank using Evolving Teleportation