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chimney breast

a part of a chimney or fireplace that projects out from the wall, usually inside the building.
Origin of chimney breast
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ralph walked to the chimney-breast, and stood on one of the skins as he leaned on the rannel-tree shelf.

  • Set in the chimney-breast, over the mantel, was an oblong mirror.

    The Continental Dragoon Robert Neilson Stephens
  • They examined the chimney-breast in the kitchen and dining-room, looking for any possible hiding-place.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
  • She glided to the chimney-breast, searching it swiftly with her eyes and now with her hands.

    Kincaid's Battery George W. Cable
  • It is very easy to build cupboards on each side of a fireplace, for instance, making the wall flush with the chimney-breast.

    The House in Good Taste Elsie de Wolfe
  • The contadina still lurched from the chimney-breast, and the Greek slave obstructed the threshold of the inner room.

  • Ralph, from his corner by the chimney-breast, could see the faces of all the others.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • The old woman stirred no more than the chimney-breast cut in the solid rock, and her lips moved as she mumbled inarticulate words.

    The Count of Nideck Ralph Browning Fiske
  • The opening, which included a Dutch oven, was fully seven feet wide, and the chimney-breast no less than ten.

    Dwellers in Arcady Albert Bigelow Paine
  • A goat's head and the horns of an ox were the only ornaments of the chimney-breast, which was white-washed.

British Dictionary definitions for chimney-breast

chimney breast

the wall or walls that surround the base of a chimney or fireplace
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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