Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which sweeps the streets; specifically, a machine provided with brushes and scrapers for removing dust, mud, etc., from the streets.
“No one, not even a street-sweeper, much less a wealthy merchant, should ever look upon the works of a Mage with anything other than the deepest and most profound gratitude, a gratitude all-important and all-encompassing.”
“Mark had a pretty tough life, lost his job as a skilled engineer because of his union activity, ended up as a street-sweeper, but never lost his sense of humour, his ability to see the best in people.”
“Note that the goon with the Chicago street-sweeper is left-handed.”
“Among his disguises were a cart-pusher, a Gestapo SS officer, a nun (top row), a street-sweeper, a one-eyed peddler, and a mailman (bottom row).”
“The easiest way was to push on the street-sweeper bristle, then pull it out, then put it in the keyhole again, and out.”
“Danny had learned to unlock this kind of lock long before the kid taught him about the nail and the street-sweeper bristle.”
“On this day neither the 160 security cameras surveying the mall nor the 150 safety officers guarding it were able to detect, deter, or defend against the terrorists. 18 Four men, disguised as private mall-security officers and armed with TEC-9 submachine guns, street-sweeper 12-gauge shotguns, and dynamite, entered the mall at two points and began executing shoppers at will.”
“Not infrequently, even in a city of such involved complexes as this, there comes a moment, an occasion when street-sweeper and apple-woman, milady and her maid, stockbroker and greengrocer think the same thought, as if an idea had become static, and anchored itself over them like a fog.”
“But if a street-sweeper comes in, or a fellow in dirty cotton drawers, it is Buenos dias!”
“He rolled away, fighting to clear his street-sweeper from its harness.”
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