"Found half-drowned on the beach below the village."
"Even David Silva's effervescence seemed to have been quenched, while Samir Nasri has looked much more like the half-drowned butterfly of the second half of last season than the player whose devastatingly penetrative form for Arsenal up to Christmas 2010 persuaded City's recruiters – and just about everyone else in English football – that he was about to become one of the Premier League's most influential performers."
"On deck perhaps a dozen gasping, half-drowned, and half-stunned wretches were rolling about or attempting to crawl into safety."
"Came dark, overcast days, stiff, driving winds and Pelting rains, day on day, without end, and the city folk cowered in their dwelling-places like flood-beset rats; and like rats, half-drowned and gasping, when the weather cleared they crawled out and up the green Piedmont slopes to bask in the blessed sunshine."
"My heart leapt at beholding this mighty figure of a man-killer and slave-driver, it is true, but who sprang first into the teeth of danger so that his slaves might follow, and who emerged with a half-drowned slave in either hand."