- a part of a chimney or fireplace that projects out from the wall, usually inside the building.
Origin of chimney breast
First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for 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
- the wall or walls that surround the base of a chimney or fireplace
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