drive gently over the stones

1711 SWIFT Letter 30 June in Journal to Stella (1948) I. 301 A gallop: sit fast, sirrah, and don’t ride hard upon the stones.

1788 R. CUMBERLAND in Observer IV. cxx. We now stept into our hack, but not without a caution from Ned to the coachman to drive gently over the stones.

1844 DICKENS Martin Chuzzlewit xxix. Gently over the stones, Poll. Go a-tiptoe over the pimples! Poll. Go a-tiptoe over the pimples! Poll..scraped the lather off again with particular care.

1885 E. J. HARDY How to be Happy though Married xi. Drive gently over the stones! This piece of advice..given to inexperienced whips, may be suggested metaphorically to the newly-married.


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