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chimney sweep

or chimney sweeper

a person whose business it is to clean out chimneys.
Origin of chimney sweep
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for chimney-sweep
Historical Examples
  • Knuller, old term for a chimney-sweep, who solicited jobs by ringing a bell.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • In this world, if we meet a chimney-sweep in the path we do not hustle with him for the right of way.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • He could not keep himself from forgiving her though she were to marry a chimney-sweep.

    Ralph the Heir Anthony Trollope
  • I was longing for a good wash, for I felt like a chimney-sweep.

    By Canoe and Dog-Train Egerton Ryerson Young
  • When half way up the tree he slid back to the ground looking like a chimney-sweep.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
  • I'd send him mine by a chimney-sweep if there were nobody else.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • I'll go——And suppose your child went and asked the chimney-sweep?

    The Awakening of Spring Frank Wedekind
  • He could not answer, but certainly not to the chimney-sweep and cab-owner who were on the steamer.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • Then came Verotchka to the river bank and asked the jolly chimney-sweep what had happened.

    Verotchka's Tales Mamin Siberiak
  • Why, mamma, because we know very well that the chimney-sweep is a man.

    Moral Tales Madame Guizot
British Dictionary definitions for chimney-sweep

chimney sweep

a person whose job is the cleaning out of soot from chimneys
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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