Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cellar beneath another cellar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cellar beneath another story wholly or partly underground; usually, a cellar under a cellar.
“It was really a kind of subcellar reached by a door at the back of the wine cellar.”
“The “21” Club of the speakeasy era, with its elaborately engineered system for destroying incriminating evidence in the depths of its subcellar, was best memorialized by a rumor originating in the 1950s, when the land directly behind 21 West Fifty-second Street was excavated for construction of a branch of the New York Public Library on Fifty-third Street.”
““Not into a police court . . . but into whatever is in the subcellar under a police court.””
“At one time the staff elevator could descend to this subcellar level.”
“Bill Clinton's 60% approval rating should not have been a shield against impeachment any more than Dubya's subcellar ratings should be a reason to impeach (as if another reason were needed).”
“They found a service elevator with an open shaft below and figured that, if desperate, they could rappel down into a subcellar and find a subway tunnel out.”
“It had been dug out of the solid earth, and its existence evidently accounted for the heaps of dirt in the subcellar.”
“At about thirty-five feet from the subcellar there was a sharp turn -- he thought at first it was the end of the tunnel -- then the passage straightened out again, and there was another fifteen or twenty feet, growing smaller and smaller as he went forward.”
“There he found another door -- a door to the subcellar, standing open a scant few inches.”
“And then straight back to the entrance of the subcellar he went.”
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