Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man who climbs steeples and tall chimneys to make repairs, or to erect scaffolding.
“I spoke unreasonably as if, being a millionaire, I could throw away five shillings; or, being a perfect steeple-jack, stumbled over a footstool on purpose.”
“Make all fast, and return here in time for the steeple-jack.”
“Are you a steeple-jack?" asked Fibsy, his eyes sparkling; "can you paint spires and things?”
“Third: John Mallathorpe had probably slipped the copy into the _History of Barford_ which was in his private office when he went out to speak to the steeple-jack.”
“The steeple-jack was just coming down, and his mate was waiting for him at the bottom.”
“Such accidents, however, and, I should think, such interventions, are exceedingly rare, and as a rule the peasants venture freely into places which in England no one but a sailor or a steeple-jack would attempt.”
“I had never the heart to look for any length of time -- the thought that I must make the descent in person some dark night robbing me of breath; and, indeed, on anybody not a seaman or a steeple-jack, the mere sight of the Devil's Elbow wrought like an emetic.”
“in a town like this, of simple people, who have a steeple-jack placing danger signs by the church while he is gilding the solid - pointed star, which on a steeple”
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