Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small broom used about a fireplace for sweeping up ashes, cinders, etc.
“But Meg, without deigning farther reply, flourished around her head the hearth-broom, which she had been employing to its more legitimate purpose, when disturbed in her housewifery by Captain”
“In my opinion she would storm a town, single-handed, with a hearth-broom, and carry it.”
“The minor problem which now remained of freeing the cylinder's teeth from their congestion of lint found a solution in Mrs. Greene's stroke with a hearth-broom.”
“That is why Mary insisted on using one now instead of a modern hearth-broom.”
“He was surrounded in an instant, kissed, caressed, and thanked till he declared his life was in danger, and threatened to take up the hearth-broom in self-defence; finally they trooped off, to hold a consultation in the hall.”
“The proprietor of this charming retreat, and owner of the ragged head before mentioned -- for he wore an old tie-wig as bare and frowzy as a stunted hearth-broom -- had by this time joined them; and stood a little apart, rubbing his hands, wagging his hoary bristled chin, and smiling in silence.”
“But finding nothing better to his purpose, he cut some bristles off his hearth-broom, and enclosed them in a letter to his country enthusiast, who received them with due reverence.”
“He cut off some bristles from a hearth-broom in the doctor's chambers, and sent them in a letter to his fellow-enthusiast.”
“When it does it will be time to resort to that hearth-broom, and restrict combustion with collected caput-mortuum of Derby-Brights, selected, twenty-seven shillings.”
“She used to play at being married at St. George's, Hanover Square, and would never consent to have the ceremony performed by lees than two bishops; even though the part of one hierarch had to be represented by the nursery hearth-broom.”
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