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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, working the sands on a beach for gold, tin, or platinum.

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  • Included in this exhibition of more than 50 works are such pioneering artists of assemblage as Gordon Wagner, whose early beach-combing finds and other found objects were combined in a manner that wed abstract expressionism with Wagner's interest in surrealism; Wallace Berman, often cited as the leading influence of the Beat Generation artists; Bruce Conner; and George Herms, the most significant living artist associated with the Beats.

    Bill Bush: Too Many Openings, Too Little Time: This Artweek.LA (February 14-20)

  • Minister of the Treasury and Chief of the Customs, and acted as intercessor and mediator between the missionaries on one side and the beach-combing crowd, the trading crowd, and the Hawaiian chiefs on the variously shifting other side.

    THE KANAKA SURF

  • "You bet it will be a big telling, if Alice ever begins," the beach-combing and disreputable kamaainas (old-timers) gleefully told one another over their Palm Tree gin.

    WHEN ALICE TOLD HER SOUL

  • Hamish spent most of his days obsessively beach-combing, and in due course created several enormous necklaces out of the carefully matched little flat, round shells with a hole in the middle that seem to make up almost the entirety of the reef.

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  • Flats will be in full force for summer -- ballet styles, gladiators, thongs, T-straps, embellished looks, espadrilles and trusty, beach-combing flip-flops.

    Tory Burch: Flats: A Brief History (PHOTOS, POLL)

  • Birk and his wife Elyse, also a socially conscious artist, have been collaborating on several projects in the past few years, including a powerful pair of oil platform sculptures made of objects found while beach-combing in Southern California.

    John Seed: Don't Fear These Oil Rigs: They are Just Works of Art

  • Here picnics and beach-combing for shells, rocks, sponges, bones and other assorted "treasure" absorbed the exploratory hours.

    Walking the walk, talking the talk - San Patricio/Melaque revisited

  • Thus, beach-combing activities performed by women did qualify as salvage operations. back

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  • It is human nature for us to retreat from our beach-combing at the first sign of heavy weather, to seek shelter and safety.

    What God Does With Water

  • The man from Honolulu — miserable, leering creature — communicated the tale to a rude knot of beach-combing drinkers in a public-house, where (I will so far agree with your temperance opinions) man is not always at his noblest; and the man from Honolulu had himself been drinking — drinking, we may charitably fancy, to excess.

    Lay Morals

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