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  • Lady Tremaine received him in what she called her growlery, with cordiality.

    Home Again

  • The growlery is the best – used room in the house.

    Bleak House

  • At length, one day, while sitting in his "growlery," as the ladies called it, in the lower story, his attention was aroused by a clatter on the stairs, and looking out into the entry he saw a party of carpenters and painters who had been employed upon the parlor-floor, beating a precipitate retreat toward the front door.

    The Humbugs of the World An Account of Humbugs, Delusions, Impositions, Quackeries, Deceits and Deceivers Generally, in All Ages

  • So, when to – morrow came, I went to my guardian after breakfast, in the room that was our town – substitute for the growlery, and told him that I had it in trust to tell him something.

    Bleak House

  • Ada loved him too well to mistrust him much in anything he said or did, and my guardian, though he frequently complained of the east wind and read more than usual in the growlery, preserved a strict silence on the subject.

    Bleak House

  • Mr. Jarndyce then withdrawing into the temporary growlery, Miss Jellyby opened a conversation with her usual abruptness.

    Bleak House

  • It amazed us when we began to sort his letters and to answer some of them for him in the growlery of a morning to find how the great object of the lives of nearly all his correspondents appeared to be to form themselves into committees for getting in and laying out money.

    Bleak House

  • With the first money we saved at home, we added to our pretty house by throwing out a little growlery expressly for my guardian, which we inaugurated with great splendour the next time he came down to see us.

    Bleak House

  • But I had left some silk downstairs in a work – table drawer in the temporary growlery, and coming to a stop for want of it, I took my candle and went softly down to get it.

    Bleak House

  • "Who are you?" asked the shaggy creature with the grillery-growlery voice, and the bear gnashed his teeth.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels

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  • A retreat for times of ill humour. This term has largely become obsolete, which is strange, given that so many people seem to have a place to go when they are in a bad mood - a place to be alone and think. It's similar in meaning to the Latin-derived sanctum sanctorum, with the added connotation that the individual in question is going to the place to be alone while upset.



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    October 23, 2008

  • A well-known drinkery down the street where all the disgruntled employees who did not get a raise go to gripe.

    August 20, 2008