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  • I tell the women that he is what I call a bric-er-brac man.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • Ginny swept her hand over a massive roll-top desk covered in bric-a-brac.

    MORE FROM GINNY BATES: SETTING UP HOUSE

  • There were trophies of hunting expeditions, some rare birds stuffed and mounted, looking so alive Hanny would not have been surprised if they had suddenly begun to warble; books in every stage of dilapidation, some of them quite rare copies, Ben found; portfolios of old engravings; curious weapons; foreign wraps; Grecian and Turkish bits of pottery; and the odd things we call bric-à-brac nowadays.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago

  • March, when he had recovered his self-command a little in the presence of the agglomeration, comforted himself by calling the bric-a-brac

    A Hazard of New Fortunes — Volume 1

  • I can only say in conclusion that there were also the bazaars for sweetmeats, most delectable; for coffee, of which one never tastes the like out of Damascus; and every kind of bric-à-brac.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • To the left of the ramp were low ebony tables covered with the kind of bric-a-bric that Susie Willinck had insisted on taking to California, only more expensive: silver opium pipes and skewers, delicate golden chains and fetters, cords of silk and velvet and plaited leather, a tiny cat-o'-nine-tails with minute gems glinting in its lashes, and a scattering of exquisitely-tinted pictures which they wouldn't have shown at the Royal Academy in a hurry.

    Flashman And The Dragon

  • There was every kind of bric-a-brac on the tall mantel, and Frank saw it as he passed, and saw the colored man moving slowly about the room after the manner of a well-trained servant who understands his business.

    Tracy Park

  • On deck for tomorrow: the origins of the word "bric" and "bricco."

    Do Bianchi

  • according to the scathing on-screen script it matches one kind of bric-a-brac with another, sending up all kinds of rhetoric from computer etiquette to management deadspeak.

    The Guardian World News

  • This is not some cheesy fair for selling bric-a-brac.

    Fun Event in Chapala at the Yacht Club

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