- n. Plural form of broomstick.
“The officiator, vested in a cantab's gown and cap, with a book in one hand and a bell in the other, with a verger on each side, robed, and holding staves (alias broomsticks) and candles, preceded by the suttler, bearing a bowl of punch, entered the parlour, and demanded "If there was an infidel present?”
“Apparently his nerves couldn't stand the sound of the word "broomsticks" in his living room.”
“I thought at first it was something like demons in the air, witches going around on broomsticks.”
“He demolished the load-bearing walls and propped up the rafters with broomsticks.”
“As a result, Diane Nelson, the Warner executive who oversaw much of the studio's Harry Potter business, took a more stringent approach to licensing, foregoing souvenirs and fast-food tie-ins for "artifact" products like magic wands, "quidditch" broomsticks and other items that were more closely associated with the world Ms. Rowling created.”
“The original "Fantastia" short, featuring Mickey Mouse battling enchanted broomsticks gone-wrong, was set to composer Paul Dukas '1897 piece "L'Apprenti sorcier" (Hello, public domain!) which was in-turn inspired by hundred-year-earlier poem of the same name.”
“Along the narrow cobblestone alleys of the Casbah, shop owners patrolled with broomsticks in hand, and citizen committees took the place of largely absent police checkpoints, searching all pedestrians.”
“And, most of all, beware those witches who, from atop their broomsticks, amidst bile and ignorance claim, "I am you.”
“Ultimately, the risk is of turning rationalism into a counter-faith, defined by opposing beliefs (“heavier-than air flight is magic and therefore impossible” versus “witches can fly around on broomsticks”) rather than doubt.”
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