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- n. Alternative spelling of mantelpiece.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shelf that projects from the wall above a fireplace; a mantel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See mantelpiece.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
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Just in front of him on the mantlepiece was a photograph of his grandfather, old Jolyon, taken in his eighties — the last record of that old face, its broad brow, and white moustache, its sunken cheeks, deep, steady eyes, and strong jaw.
On the mantlepiece was a little old daguerreotype, slightly pinked in the cheeks, of his grandfather — ‘Superior Dosset’ set in a deep, enamelled frame.
On the walls of his bed-room and over the mantlepiece was a text emblazoned, on which at evening and morning he could look, which read:
Family GuyFamily Guy inherited the dysfunctional family mantle - or perhaps mantlepiece, since it's still all suburban - and pushed the boundaries further than The Simpsons has in a long time, frequently offending at least eight separate special interest groups in one 23 minute show.
I gazed on the picture of my mother, which stood over the mantlepiece.
Waking up the next morning, looking up at the grandiose corniced ceilings, marble mantlepiece and antique dressing table, I felt like a slightly less evil Marie Antoinette.
One almost expects to see some little Disney-like figures of our presidents on the mantlepiece, and some Venetian blinds at the windows.
Today, when nuclear weapons have already become frightening mantlepiece decorations that are losing their real operational value with each passing day, financial war has become a “hyperstrategic” weapon that is attracting the attention of the world.
In fact, because of her super-abilities and the intervention of a random genetic engineer in the epilogue a gun that was only barely and somewhat conveniently laid on the mantlepiece in the main narrative, she may be the future of humanity.
Like that famous theatrical axiom that if there's a gun on the mantlepiece in the first act it had better be used by the final act, once you've stuck in a character like that, he's gotta do what he's gotta do: if he doesn't do anything, he shouldn't even be there.
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