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mantelshelf

[man-tl-shelf] /ˈmæn tlˌʃɛlf/
noun, plural mantelshelves.
1.
mantel (def 2).
Origin of mantelshelf
1820-1830
1820-30; mantel + shelf
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  • He set down the light on the mantelshelf and somehow found himself holding her hand.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • The clock on the mantelshelf struck midnight, and he opened his eyes.

    The Moving Finger Mary Gaunt
  • There was now no light within but what was shed by the fire and two tallow candles that gutter'd on the mantelshelf.

    The Splendid Spur Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  • Seeing the little parcel on the mantelshelf, he asked what it was.

    Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Lecomte found a paper in the Prince's trousers and gave it to the old man, who placed it on the mantelshelf.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • An ornamental clock and candelabra stand on the mantelshelf.

  • Going to the fire, she stood with one hand upon the mantelshelf, looking down into the ruddy hollows.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • He looked at his reflection in the mirror above the mantelshelf and yawned.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • The walls were covered with pictures, the mantelshelf with flowers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • She put out her hand, caught hold of the mantelshelf, and turning, faced him.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen

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