Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coarse broom made of the twigs and small branches of the birch-tree, used for sweeping stables, streets, etc.
“But next morning they would get up at dawn, as usual, sweep out the rooms with a birch-broom, empty the slops, and clean up after lodgers.”
“When the seed has been shaken from the plant, the tops are brought together, and form those excellent besoms which, throughout southern Europe, supply the place of birch-broom, than which they are more elastic, not so brittle, and much cleaner.”
“So, shouldering my father's tools, I journeyed west until I came to her place, and found her trying to break in a new birch-broom that was still too green and full of sap to be easily mastered; and she was in a very bad temper.”
“Was just considering the possibility of outflanking the birch-broom, which had taken up an advantageous position by the kitchen window, when”
“His irons were tied up with the daintiest blue bows, and in the breast of his coat he carried a bundle of flowers as large as a birch-broom.”
“But once he comes down to live with us he's as rough and prickly as a birch-broom.”
“On your nob, and a rumpling your 'air till it's like a birch-broom in a fit!”
“Crash went Mrs Puss right through the prickly branches of the cedar, and came down with her back across the handle of the birch-broom, which still stuck in the tree, and made her give such an awful yowl, that the birds all came flocking up in time to see Mrs”
“Even the master of Greenlawn opened his window and looked out and wondered, and at last crabby old Todkins, the gardener, opened _his_ window, and even called the birch-broom boy up to listen; but they could not make out what the noise was.”
“The birch-broom scattered the birds for a while, but they soon came back, for they were not going to be frightened away by a bundle of twigs, when they did not even care for a scarecrow, but used to go and sit upon its head; while the tomtit declared it was a capital spider trap, and used to pick out no end of savoury little spinners for his dinner.”
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