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chimney piece

Chiefly British. mantlepiece.
Obsolete. a decoration over a fireplace.
Origin of chimney piece
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The lamp must be standing on the chimney piece to the right.

  • He took his loaded gun from its place over the chimney piece.

    Where Deep Seas Moan E. Gallienne-Robin
  • The carving about the chimney piece, by Gibbons, is incomparable.

  • He heated some sous red hot on the stove and laid them on the chimney piece.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Then they left the heroine of the hour to Mabel and Mrs. Hartley and began to investigate the chimney piece.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • While he spoke, the grating of a match that would not readily ignite, was heard against the chimney piece.

    Fashion and Famine Ann S. Stephens
  • I feel as though they were two precious pieces of china that a housemaid might sweep off the chimney piece at any moment.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • The china clock on the chimney piece pointed cheerfully to the hour of dawn.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • His sabre hung over the chimney–piece in his simple bedchamber.

  • Beside the crackling wood fire, his arms on the chimney piece, his face hidden, stood a gray-haired man.

    We Two Edna Lyall

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