That he ends up not lighting a lamp but tangled in the cobwebs is one of the truths of this valuable book.
That night, I dreamed of a square, three-story, concrete building that was dark and dingy with filth, dust, and cobwebs.
Gregg sent me a video and in it, they describe it as “clearing the cobwebs from the air” and “stepping over a dead body.”
The place had long been given up to dust and cobwebs, to solitude and silence.
It is the business of the thinker and the scholar to clear his mind of cobwebs.
Bunches of sweet herbs hung from the rafters, but there were no cobwebs, because of Miss Hathaway's perfect housekeeping.
I can show her plenty of cobwebs, the kind she is pining for.
The tissue of misrepresentations attempted to be woven round us, are like cobwebs woven round the limbs of an infant giant.
It was so hung with cobwebs they could not see into the corners clearly.
It goes hard agin my old woman to hev all this here dust and cobwebs.
early 14c., coppewebbe; the first element is Old English -coppe, in atorcoppe "spider," literally "poison-head" (see attercop). Spelling with -b- is from 16c., perhaps from cob. Cob as a stand-alone for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).