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living soul

A person. For example, Every living soul in this town has a stake in the decision to ban smoking, or The place was empty—not a living soul to be found. [ First half of 1600s ]
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  • So now I leave you to manage it, only, on any earthly account, don't name me to a living soul in the business.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • You must never, never breathe to a living soul what was on your valentine.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • Before the war he was simply a machine in industry; now he is to be trained as a living soul.

  • But he dared not tell her—dared not let a living soul guess it.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • The first Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit.

    Parables of the Christ-life I. Lilias Trotter
  • It is suffocating, it is narrow, there is no room for a living soul to turn.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • It is the breath of God, the atom of Deity, the living soul that constitutes man, and that was a special creation.

    The Universe a Vast Electric Organism George Woodward Warder
  • You must be accompanied by your brideand by no other living soul.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

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