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carpet sweeper

a pushable, long-handled implement for removing dirt, lint, etc., from rugs and carpets, consisting of a metal case enclosing one or more brushes that rotate.
Origin of carpet sweeper
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They have many household conveniences: running water in a barrel, a blue flame oil stove, a bread-mixer, and a carpet-sweeper.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • Having breakfasted from white dishes placed on a white napkin, she was busy with a carpet-sweeper sweeping up possible crumbs.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • Brush up the drawing-room or go over the floor with a carpet-sweeper, wipe up the hard-wood floors, and dust the rooms.

    The Expert Maid-Servant Cristine Terhune Herrick
  • She took up the crumbs carefully and used the carpet-sweeper all over the rug.

  • When you remove the waste from your carpet-sweeper, carefully cut the lint and hair from the revolving rolls and brushes.

    Food and Health

  • The little upholstery tuft-cleaner consumes only one-ninth as much power as the carpet-sweeper.

  • A carpet-sweeper is more hygienic than a broom, and a vacuum cleaner is better than a carpet-sweeper.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
British Dictionary definitions for carpet-sweeper


a household device with a revolving brush for sweeping carpets
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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