Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as whisk, n., 1.
“When the number reaches eight he aims a spurt from his chaw and prepares to take his whisk-broom to the rubber slab.”
“Everything obvious was sparkling clean; the only cobwebs in this chamber were higher than a tall man could reach with a whisk-broom, up among the carved ceiling beams.”
“The early spring foal teetered unsteadily on bandy legs, its whisk-broom of a tail rotating wildly for balance.”
“The Space-Scourge bore the device of a mailed fist clutching a comet by the head; it looked more like a whisk-broom than a scourge.”
“The most silent creature known to me, he makes no sound, so far as I have observed, save a diffuse, impatient noise, like that produced by beating your hand with a whisk-broom, when the farm-dog has discovered his retreat in the stone fence.”
“The scorched high chair, in which the child was tied and put before the open fireplace, while the mother went to a neighbor's for milk, lay in a pool of water, and beside it, the burnt whisk-broom that an older baby had put in the fire, then dropped blazing under the baby's long clothes, these told the whole sad story.”
“When on the third day the tooth-brush, nail-file, whisk-broom, etc., had been duly used, he asked: "Say, mister, air you always that much trouble to you'se'f?”
“Finally she handed Jim her new whisk-broom with a capable air, and presented straight little shoulders to be brushed.”
“Then she covered it up with a white wedding blanket, and then she take whisk-broom and she patted with the broom, in time to her singing, on this doll figure, and it began to live and grow larger.”
“That infallible harbinger of an approaching terminal, the colored porter, had appeared in the doorway, whisk-broom in hand, when -- suddenly -- there was a grinding jar; the heavy coach trembled through its length, and from forward came a muffled roar followed by the tearing crash of riven metal.”
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