chimney breast

Origin of chimney breast

First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for chimney breast

Historical Examples of chimney breast

  • Set in the chimney-breast, over the mantel, was an oblong mirror.

    The Continental Dragoon

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • Ralph, from his corner by the chimney-breast, could see the faces of all the others.

    The Squire's Daughter

    Silas K(itto) Hocking

  • She glided to the chimney-breast, searching it swiftly with her eyes and now with her hands.

    Kincaid's Battery

    George W. Cable

  • The contadina still lurched from the chimney-breast, and the Greek slave obstructed the threshold of the inner room.

  • The opening, which included a Dutch oven, was fully seven feet wide, and the chimney-breast no less than ten.

    Dwellers in Arcady

    Albert Bigelow Paine


British Dictionary definitions for chimney breast

chimney breast

noun
  1. the wall or walls that surround the base of a chimney or fireplace
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