When people come to bleak House, I have a very hefty horror section, for sure, but the biggest section is comedy.
Preston was an impoverished and bleak place—so much so that Charles Dickens based his novel Hard Times on the city.
Also on display is a bleak landscape of an Ireland hit particularly hard by the recession.
But for Jade, it was only the first chapter of a bleak, profitable journey.
Her follow-up to Gulag, the equally compelling and bleak The Iron Curtain, was also released to wide acclaim in 2012.
"It's about as bleak a place for a house as a man could pick," Lambert agreed.
He stood off from us with his arms folded and his face was as bleak as a winter-bitten wood.
We said no more about it, nor did he say a word about the future of bleak House.
A dense forest was behind them, the bleak ocean before them.
But her little feet were wounded and sore, and everything around her looked cold and bleak.
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."