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Word: fluke

Definition: unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck; ADJ. fluky


Sentences Containing 'fluke'

"Robin Hoodlum" and "The Magic Fluke" received Academy Award nominations for Animated Short Subject. An unrelated, six-minute, silent animated short titled "The Fox and the Crow", produced by Fables Studio, was released in 1921.
Aye, aye," cried Queequeg, and seizing the carpenter's heavy hatchet, he leaned out of a porthole, and steel to iron, began slashing at the largest fluke-chains.
By this time, Columbia had signed a distribution deal with a new animation studio, United Productions of America (UPA), to produce three "Fox and the Crow" shorts, "Robin Hoodlum" (1948), "The Magic Fluke" (1949), and "Punchy DeLeon" (1950).
By very heedful management, when the ship drew nigh, the whale was transferred to her side, and was strongly secured there by the stiffest fluke-chains, for it was plain that unless artificially upheld, the body would at once sink to the bottom.
Fluke meat can sell for over $200 per kilogram, over three times the price of belly meat.
Hogchokers are sometimes offered for sale in aquarium stores, often marketed as "Freshwater Flounder" or "Freshwater Fluke."
However, Starbuck, who had the ordering of affairs, hung on to it to the last; hung on to it so resolutely, indeed, that when at length the ship would have been capsized, if still persisting in locking arms with the body; then, when the command was given to break clear from it, such was the immovable strain upon the timber-heads to which the fluke-chains and cables were fastened, that it was impossible to cast them off.
However, Wladyslaw was never officially enthroned and his quick election remained in history as one of the fluke events of Russia's Time of Troubles.
In addition to designing the covers for much of Warp's roster of artists, such as Autechre and Aphex Twin, tDR has also created covers for other label artists such as Moloko, Fluke, Funkstörung, The Orb, Pulp (and Jarvis Cocker), Pop Will Eat Itself, Supergrass and Towa Tei.
In vain handspikes and crows were brought to bear upon the immovable fluke-chains, to pry them adrift from the timberheads; and so low had the whale now settled that the submerged ends could not be at all approached, while every moment whole tons of ponderosity seemed added to the sinking bulk, and the ship seemed on the point of going over.
Receiving the top-maul from Starbuck, he advanced towards the main-mast with the hammer uplifted in one hand, exhibiting the gold with the other, and with a high raised voice exclaiming: "Whosoever of ye raises me a white-headed whale with a wrinkled brow and a crooked jaw; whosoever of ye raises me that white-headed whale, with three holes punctured in his starboard fluke--look ye, whosoever of ye raises me that same white whale, he shall have this gold ounce, my boys!"
The boats were here hailed, to tow the whale on the larboard side, where fluke chains and other necessaries were already prepared for securing him.
The failure of the ERA is often seen as a fluke as large majorities of the American public, including majorities of Republicans, supported the amendment overwhelmingly in most opinion polls.
The fluke or tail flipper is referred to as either or . After being cured in salt it is thinly sliced, scalded with hot water and rinsed, and served as "sarashi kujira "(pictured).
The prized tail meat, called or are two strips of muscle that run from the dorsal to the base of the fluke.
The tail meat is not the same as the fluke (tail flipper), and they go by different names.
This fluke is known for causing tumor like malformations in fishes (intermediate host) by attaching onto its spinal region in the metacercariae form.
This was quickly lowered to Ahab, who at once comprehending it all, slid his solitary thigh into the curve of the hook (it was like sitting in the fluke of an anchor, or the crotch of an apple tree), and then giving the word, held himself fast, and at the same time also helped to hoist his own weight, by pulling hand-over-hand upon one of the running parts of the tackle.
When Rafael vies for a management position with Don Antonio, a men's clothing clerk whom Rafael despises, a fluke causes Don Antonio to win the promotion.

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