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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. 2018.
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  • He turned and laid his arms on the chimneypiece, burying his head on them.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "I am quite at your command," and I went and leaned against the chimneypiece.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • Let me hide, too, these ridiculous monsters which ornament my chimneypiece.

  • On the chimneypiece, the tables, and the consoles, were strewn the jewel-cases.

  • I am quite at your command, and I went and leaned against the chimneypiece.

    By order of the company Mary Johnston
  • There were shells on the chimneypiece, and two or three china figures.

    Rachel Ray

    Anthony Trollope
  • Bartolomeo clenched his fists and struck them on the marble of the chimneypiece.

    Vendetta Honore de Balzac
  • The size of the chimneypiece impressed him, and also its rich carving.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • Above the chimneypiece hung two trout-rods, a landing-net, and an old gun.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • He smiled at his own reflection in the mirror over the chimneypiece.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for chimneypiece


another name (esp Brit) for mantelpiece (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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