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His house was perched upon an "overpeering hillock," so that in any part of it -- still more in the round room of the tower -- he could "the better seclude myself from company, and keep encroachers from me."
The Book of Delight and Other Papers Israel Abrahams 1891
The old chapel stood high on the side of a more inland valley that descended not to the sea, but to the Greet -- a green open vale, made glorious at its upper end by the overpeering heads of great mountains, and falling softly through many folds and involutions to the woods of the Greet -- the woods of Bannisdale.
Helbeck of Bannisdale — Volume II Humphry Ward 1885
Close against them and overpeering their tops were hollyhocks and dahlias; against these stood at lesser height sweet peas, asters, zinnias, coreopsis and others of like stature; in front of these were poppies for summer, marigolds for autumn; beneath these again were verbenas, candytuft -- all this is sketched from memory, and I recall the winsome effect rather than species and names; and still below nestled portulaca and periwinkle.
The Amateur Garden George Washington Cable 1884
Julian between, alone, overpeering all sitters, with a splendid air of being commander and in the saddle.
Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi George Washington Cable 1884
Presently he came to hilly land in meadow, whose grass having been lately cut, now lay dotting the slope in cocks; a sinuous line of creamy vapor meandered through the lowlands at the base of the hill; while beyond was a dense grove of dwarfish trees, with here and there a tall tapering dead trunk, peeled of the bark, and overpeering the rest.
Israel Potter Herman Melville 1855