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Then they returned to Dunyazad and displayed her in the fifth dress and in the sixth, which was green, when she surpassed with her loveliness the fair of the four quarters of the world and outvied, with the brightness of her countenance, the full moon at rising tide; for she was even as saith of her the poet in these couplets122: —
Then they changed that suit for another and, veiling her face in the luxuriance of her hair, loosed her lovelocks, so dark, so long that their darkness and length outvied the darkest nights, and she shot through all hearts with the magical shaft of her eye-babes.
And if I would please not to laugh (which was so unkind of me), had I never heard of imprisonments, and torturing with the cruel boot, and selling into slavery, where the sun and the lash outvied one another in cutting a man to pieces?
Lorna Doone Richard Doddridge 2004
Captain Servadac, an adept in athletics, almost outvied his instructor, the count; and Ben Zoof, who had upon some rare occasions skated upon the Lake of Montmartre (in his eyes, of course, a sea), performed prodigies in the art.
Off on a Comet 2003
As the novelist asked him whether he liked the horse, Jules, not to be outvied, answered with an enumeration of its qualities.
Then they returned to Dunyazade and displayed her in the fifth dress and in the sixth, which was green, when she surpassed with her loveliness the fair of the four quarters of the world, and outvied with the brightness of her countenance the full moon at rising tide, for she was even as saith of her the poet in these couplets:
Tehran Winter Naipaul, V.S. 1981
Yen Lu was vulgar and mean, and Yen Hui outvied all his companions.
Large rose-trees, covered with blooms, outvied each other in scenting the air with delicious perfume.
We have often had occasion to witness the extraordinary skill displayed by this lady in imitating the beauties of nature from her kindly materials, but we must confess (although previously informed that the present works outvied all the previous attempts of the artiste) that we were unprepared for designs and executions so exquisitely chaste and artistic, and true in the imitation of nature.
The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling Emma Peachey
The Fatimid rulers outvied each other in embellishing Kâhira with artistic structures; this seems surprising because, on account of the charge of heresy, Kâhira was cut off from the Arabian centres of art and learning, -- from Bagdad, Damascus, and Cordova, -- and of course the artists and students, who formerly frequented the mosques, could not do so when they were in the hands of heretics.
Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck