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Word: chaff

Definition: worthless products of an endeavor; husk(outer seed cover) separated from grain; Ex. separate the wheat from the chaff


Sentences Containing 'chaff'

The favor was too much to bear; in an instant the barrier of dust and chaff that had stood surprisingly long, went to the winds, and Saint Antoine had got him!
In these antique interjections lay poison and bitterness for the other old pilots, and they used to chaff the`Mark Twain'paragraphs with unsparing mockery.
If this be true, for I pretend not to affirm it, it is as if a corn farmer expected to defray the expense of his cultivation with the chaff and the straw, and that the grain should be all clear profit.
See how the lordlings come to make game of the village girls now, as if we here could not chaff as well as themselves.
A shock of orange hair, a pale face disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular contrast to the colour of his hair, all mark him out from amid the common crowd of mendicants and so, too, does his wit, for he is ever ready with a reply to any piece of chaff which may be thrown at him by the passers-by.
The artist himself was at that time busy upon two great designs; the first, to sow land with chaff, wherein he affirmed the true seminal virtue to be contained, as he demonstrated by several experiments, which I was not skilful enough to comprehend.

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