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  • adv. Hyperbolic extension to needs, meaning "must necessarily"


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  • And yet can they not consider that where a woman reigneth and papists bear authority, that there must needs Satan be president of the council? ""

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • So when she had thus endured a ten days, that she feebled so that she must needs pass out of this world, then she shrived her clean, and received her Creator.

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 2

  • She had been ten flock journeys to La Liebre and back, but Ruy Garcia must needs give her his hand over the gully.

    Spring o' the Year

  • I am constitutionally slow of adopting any theory that I must needs stick by when I have gone in for it; but for these two years I have been gravitating towards your doctrines, and since the publication of your primula paper with accelerated velocity.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • It was impossible to endure this farther than Narbonne; sick and suffering, I sought rest, but then came gensdarmes and demanded my passport, and then just as night began, a fire must needs break out in the neighboring village; the fire alarm resounded, the fire-engines rolled along, it was just as though all manner of tormenting spirits were let loose.

    The True Story of My Life

  • He told me one day, that if our God could hear us, up beyond the sun, he must needs be a greater God than their Benamuckee, who lived but a little way off, and yet could not hear till they went up to the great mountains where he dwelt to speak to them.

    Robinson Crusoe

  • Christian will inform you I have taken all the Care I could for your Advantage in every respect and I must needs own he hath behav ed himself and his men too with a great deal of Suitable kindness to the

    Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton and Company, December 19, 1727, and February 21, 1728

  • Quoth Antony, “So are those who renounce the world, and yet must needs have money, torn by dæmons.”

    The Hermits

  • How the fecundation takes place I know not, but it must needs be the same as in other kinds of the related Bombinator; igneus throws out almost as many eggs hanging together in clusters as obstetricans; fuscus throws them out from itself in strings (see Roseld's illustration) ...

    Louis Agassiz His Life and Correspondence

  • When the bands of morality are thus spurned, a man rapidly sins his understanding into lameness; as its better forces must needs be quickly rotted in such a vapour-bath of sensuality.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters


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  • Hm. Thus far it looks like we've listed things we might need and things that might be musty. Does that help? :-)

    January 8, 2010

  • Ok! But I need help thinking of a List Description.

    January 8, 2010

  • PossibleUnderscore, you must needs make that list!

    January 7, 2010

  • Is there a list of 'must needs'?
    There should be.

    January 7, 2010

  • Oh no! I've spilt perfume on my legs. I have musk-knees!

    January 7, 2010

  • Shoes: They are "must needs."

    January 7, 2010

  • It would seem that the "needs" is an adverb, but you must needs read the explanation here (for example).

    January 7, 2010

  • So I read this phrase a lot in old books. Anybody have a clue as to why they would actually say it this way, instead of "must" or "needs to" as we would in modern syntax?

    January 7, 2010