Example sentences of "had been for [adj] [noun] " in BNC.

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1 Whereas the original demand had been for actual ships , the Crown began in the 1590s to ask for money instead .
2 The trend of things had been for agricultural land to go out of production because it was easier to earn a living working in Israel .
3 The PLO felt able to play what had been for fifteen years its ‘ last card ’ — recognition of Israel — because it had gained a stronger one through the Uprising .
4 According to H. C. Robbins Landon , it was the Tristan und Isolde shortly before that , a production of swarming darkness and rare musical sensibility , that had been for many people one of the greatest of all their musical experiences .
5 The powerful states of the time normally were empires , and had been for many centuries , though a few shadowy forerunners of the nation state could be seen by 1500 .
6 An older age group of superior tradesmen here and there — the public bar fraternity shunned the place , for this had been for many years the snob pub of Belgravia .
7 There had been for many years various organizations to co-ordinate Nonconformist work in both political and religious fields and the oldest bodies dated back to the previous century .
8 He had been for many years an Examiner with the Joint Matriculation Board , and latterly Chief Examiner for the Cambridge Board .
9 Harrowby was an eminent politician , who had been for many years MP for Liverpool ; his scientific interests were in geography and statistics .
10 These limitation terms were incorporated in all contracts between seedsmen and farmers and had been for many years .
11 Aware that Madcap Agnew 's name was scarcely mentioned in the Hall , that the Lodge had been for many years a forbidden place , and that her father 's heart still quailed to reflect on the terrors he had suffered as a child , Louisa had not dared to let her reflections on this unhappy history reach far enough .
12 Mr Strachan 's acquaintance with the Library did not begin with his appointment as Chairman , since he had been for many years , as a historian and biographer , a reader in the Library 's Reading Rooms .
13 Of the temporary jobs concerned , nearly three quarters ( 70 per cent ) had been for six months or less ( Stern , 1982 ) .
14 Maybe they had been for old times the old times that had never really existed .
15 Important as the victory at Stirling Bridge had been for Scottish pride , there was , after a period of despondency and subjugation , to be an even more significant battlefield above the Bannock Burn two miles south of the town .
16 The luncheon table was laid as it had been for 50 Christmases , with a pyramid of polished John Standish apples from Somerset in the middle , flanked by Christmas roses and trails of ivy .
17 I knew only that it was dark , and had been for some while .
18 His interest in humanity now was stone dead , and probably had been for some time .
19 ‘ That you were having an affair — had been for some time . ’
20 According to Alcuin the oppression of the Church by the secular power had been for some time a feature of Northumbrian political and ecclesiastical life , but the problem now was that Eanbald was said to be accompanied on his journeys through Northumbria by a retinue more numerous than any which had attended on his predecessors and inclusive of low-born soldiers , and Alcuin affected to be at a loss as to why he needed so large a force .
21 At this moment the King , who had been for some time busily writing in his notebook , called out , ‘ Silence ! ’ and read out from his book , ‘ Rule Forty-Two .
22 He said it was broken , had been for some time , and that if I wanted a toilet I should go to the cafe upstairs .
23 The initial impetus came from the Managing Director of one of the largest of the Harris Tweed manufacturers — the son of a crofter and himself a fisherman in his early days The Association was , however , given its distinctive shape and its constitution by the first chairman , Rev. Ian Carmichael , a Gaelic-speaker from Lismore who was a minister in Stornoway at the time , and who had had considerable experience of welfare work in industry , and had been for some years vice convener of one of the largest local authorities in Scotland .
24 While there clearly was an ‘ objective ’ discontinuity of subject perspective between selective school mathematics and the practice of some segments , increasingly dominant within some countries , of university mathematics , and had been for some years , it again required interested actors , utilizing the climate of ‘ crisis ’ resulting from the campaign on teacher supply as a major resource , to enter various arenas in order to persuade others of the ‘ need ’ for change .
25 " Yes , " said Clara , beginning to understand the nature of her mother 's satisfaction ; the lack of telephone of Mrs Hanney had been for some years a subject for discourse in a vein of amazed contempt .
26 Bill 's orders had been for Captive Audience to lead Shine On at racing speed over six furlongs , then for them both to stride out for home over the last two furlongs .
27 His vocal chords abruptly haemorrhaged ; CBS TV dropped him , as did his agent MCA , and Columbia Records with whom he had been for ten years .
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