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chimney piece

Chiefly British. mantlepiece.
Obsolete. a decoration over a fireplace.
Origin of chimney piece
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The mirrors in the wardrobe and on the chimney-piece shone with mysterious lights.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • And he also saw her walk up to the chimney-piece and push an electric bell.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • Above the chimney-piece hangs a modern breechloader with Damascus barrels.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • The one on the left-hand side of the chimney-piece was Eyebright's special cupboard.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Over the chimney-piece with its shells, in which the roar of the sea can be heard, are strung three rows of birds' eggs.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • "The blessed thing must have jumped of its own accord off the chimney-piece," Ted said.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Then she seated herself with careless grace, tilting back her chair, and resting her feet on the chimney-piece.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • He presently discovered it among multitudinous other papers on his chimney-piece.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Mr. Henry Lennox stood leaning against the chimney-piece, amused with the family scene.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • She had risen to her feet, and was standing by the chimney-piece.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine

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