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Very lights

[ver-ee] /ˈvɛr i/
plural noun
1.
a variety of colored signal flares, fired from a special pistol (Very pistol)
Origin of Very lights
1910-1915
1910-15; after E. W. Very (1847-1907), U.S. inventor
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  • Very lights were fired by the enemy continually, illuminating the whole country-side and making the work more hazardous than ever.

  • The next instant a blaze of fire lit up the fog, as a dozen Very lights were fired up from the British trenches.

  • Half a dozen Very lights went up in rapid succession: we were discovered!

  • No lights could be shown, they did not even dare use "Very lights," as our "star-lights" are known.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride
  • After the manœuvres the Gamma flew by night over Cambridge and bombarded that seat of learning with Very lights.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • Close by was a large clump of "stink" bombs, Very lights, and similar ammunition.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • How weak she was when she turned the knob and entered––the Very lights seemed dancing around her.

    Daisy Brooks

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • As it gets darker, the flashes of the guns and the Very lights' solemn brilliance illuminate the whole show like a map.

    Letters to Helen Keith Henderson
  • Her eyes, her eyes were the Very lights of love, carrying passionate kisses on their beams.

    Orientations William Somerset Maugham
  • The Very lights burned deprecatingly, illuminating beauties upon which no eye gazed and for which no heart beat.

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green

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