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well sweep

sweep1 (def 29).
Origin of well sweep
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The squeaking of the well-sweep in the farm-yard and the barking of dogs interrupted the silence.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • There was no need of a pump, and at grandmother's they had a well-sweep and bucket.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • I remember the well-sweep was in the usual position, and seemed to me like a warning finger pointing at the bleaching rafters.

    Pocket Island Charles Clark Munn
  • The water in the well was usually drawn by means of a well-sweep.

  • They formed a cluster around the well-sweep; a cluster whose composition was continually changing.

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins
  • There is no pump, or windlass, nor even a well-sweep; but a rope.

    Letters from Palestine J. D. Paxton
  • They had to carry with them the big bucket fastened to a long pole, for there was no well-sweep.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Think of watering a whole wheat-field with a well-sweep and a pail!

    The Ship Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • This pyramidal form is emphasized again by the wainscot of the stairway at the left, and the well-sweep at the right.

    Rembrandt Estelle M. Hurll
  • The well-sweep has gone but the well is still there: the wells are gone from the city.

    The Holy Earth L. H. Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for well-sweep

well sweep

a device for raising buckets from and lowering them into a well, consisting of a long pivoted pole, the bucket being attached to one end by a long rope
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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