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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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  • Over the chimneypiece presided the portrait of Mr. Jorrocks persuading his horse to cross a stream.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • He turned and laid his arms on the chimneypiece, burying his head on them.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Then she began to arrange the lilies of the valley in a little copper bowl she found on the chimneypiece.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Let me hide, too, these ridiculous monsters which ornament my chimneypiece.

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

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • I am quite at your command, and I went and leaned against the chimneypiece.

    By order of the company Mary Johnston
  • The chimneypiece, reaching the whole height of the wall, is of liver-coloured marble.

  • The size of the chimneypiece impressed him, and also its rich carving.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • On the chimneypiece, the tables, and the consoles, were strewn the jewel-cases.

  • 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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