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The night wore on, and the clock downstairs was striking the hour of two when she suddenly awakened.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
Without preface, he abruptly asked, what had been told him of the Duke of Wharton's behaviour the preceding night.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
Nevertheless the evening and the night passed away without incident.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
While they were doing this, he assembled the officers around him, and the meaning of our night march was explained to us.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
Last night I saw Jean Baptiste lying prone upon the floor, and knew that she had beaten him down to it, and he had not resisted.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
Venice is a City of the Past, and wears her faded yet queenly robes more gracefully by night than by day.
GLANCES AT EUROPEHORACE GREELEY
It was Wednesday night; over forty men sat down to the house-dinner at the Pandemonium Club.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Thus he continued to rush over the frozen sea during a considerable part of that night.
THE GIANT OF THE NORTHR.M. BALLANTYNE
The clink of the stone-masons' chisels had resounded year after year from morning till night.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO FLY-BY-NIGHT

  • changeable
  • deciduous
  • ephemeral
  • evanescent
  • flash
  • fleeting
  • flitting
  • fly-by-night
  • flying
  • fugacious
  • fugitive
  • going by
  • impermanent
  • insubstantial
  • migrating
  • momentary
  • moving
  • passing
  • provisional
  • short
  • short-lived
  • short-term
  • temporal
  • transmigratory
  • unstable
  • vacating
  • volatile
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