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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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  • I saw the postmark was Austin, and I laid it carelessly down on the chimney piece, and went on with the conversation.

    All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • He took his loaded gun from its place over the chimney piece.

    Where Deep Seas Moan E. Gallienne-Robin
  • Mallarmé was standing at the other end of the room leaning against the chimney piece.

  • The carving about the chimney piece, by Gibbons, is incomparable.

  • There was a lull in the conversation of the raftsmen, the fiddle had been consigned to its place o'er the chimney piece.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • He heated some sous red hot on the stove and laid them on the chimney piece.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • There are five of these in the room, the smaller ones flanking the chimney piece.

    The House in Good Taste Elsie de Wolfe
  • 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
  • The prince had remained standing, with his arm resting on the chimney piece, in an attitude full of grace and respect.

  • 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

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