- n. Plural form of gimcrack.
“The ladies raise flowers, fix baskets and roses, and all that kind of gimcracks, and the men go pottering about, making more fuss over their plots of ground than a big farmer out West does over his thousands of acres.”
“How Rooney rendered "gimcracks" into Eskimo we are not prepared to say, but the whole description sent Nunaga and her mother into fits of giggling, for those simple-minded creatures of the icy north -- unlike sedate Europeans -- are easily made to laugh.”
“You really expect me to believe your Vista system, with all the gimcracks and gewgaws enabled loads up in just 24 seconds?”
“The endless job of dusting and polishing the not-insignificant number of bibelots and gold-plated gimcracks awarded to Miss Katie, that job is mine as well.”
“Do you and your office co-workers exchange pointless gimcracks each holiday season?”
“We can walk into a store crammed with treats or gimcracks, and when she asks if she can get something, I just say sadly, "They're just for decoration, they're not for sale.”
“Is she really here to sell gimcracks to the people of my realm?”
“Serious weaponry: not the Ruger Mini-14s but a rack of M4s, all with high-tech red-dot optics, several crates of 5.56 NATO and 12 gauge, four short-barreled pump shotguns, some chemical crowd control gimcracks, a rack of gas masks.”
“Joseph could make out a couch and table on the far wall, but the couch was covered with heaps of clothes, newspapers, and assorted gimcracks.”
“It is hard to parody material that is already beyond parodying," notes Neil Morris in the Independent Weekly, "so when Wright fashions an extended finale that recreates scenes from Point Break and Bad Boys II or replicates the visual gimcracks of Michael Bay and Tony Scott, it is difficult to divine where the setup ends and the punchline begins.”
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Words and phrases from Jonathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand.
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