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chimney piece

noun
1.
Chiefly British. mantlepiece.
2.
Obsolete. a decoration over a fireplace.
Origin of chimney piece
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15
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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

chimneypiece

/ˈtʃɪmnɪˌpiːs/
noun
1.
another name (esp Brit) for mantelpiece (sense 1)
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