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The palace of Versailles has been turned into a bricabrac shop of late years, and its time-honored walls have been covered with many thousand yards of the worst pictures that eye ever looked on.
He was surrounded by clutter — books in shelves and on the floor, bricabrac, photographs of children and grandchildren, menorahs, souvenirs, overstuffed furniture, an old robe and slippers.
When The Bough Breaks Kellerman, Jonathan 1985
For most of the play had been played already; there had been love and lust and revenge and fear and murder -- all the blood-tragedy bricabrac except the Ghost -- and now the killer, with blood enough on his hands, was waiting in the wings for the lights to go up again, on the last kill that would bring the final curtain down.
Madam Will You Talk Stewart, Mary, 1916- 1967
Furniture, bric-a-brac, pictures, etc. A schedule containing a list of the books and papers, and the furniture, bricabrac, pictures, etc., signed by the appraisers is hereto attached,
I had a curious instance of the honesty of the Mussulman in a dealer in bricabrac, embroideries, and stuffs with whom I used to deal at Candia.
The Autobiography of a Journalist Stillman, William James, 1828-1901 1901
That was before the days of bricabrac, but our house abounded with the things now so called.
The end of an era, 1899
My rights in the territories I direct shall be assigned and set over, together with the bricabrac known as State
The end of an era, 1899
She meant to indulge what John called her fancy for pots and pans and old rags; in other words, she intended to try her luck in the bazaar, and with the bloodhound's scent of the true collector she detected by instinct the bricabrac hunters of society.
Paul Patoff 1881
Mrs. Witherby, finding the wife of her husband's assistant in Miss Kingsbury's house, conceived an awe of her, which Marcia would not have known how to abate if she had imagined it; and in a little while the Witherby family segregated themselves among the photograph albums and the bricabrac, from which Clara seemed to herself to be fruitlessly detaching them the whole evening.
A Modern Instance William Dean Howells 1878
They first went to a café and had some of that famous Viennese coffee; and then they went to the imperial and municipal arsenals, and viewed those collections of historical bricabrac, including the head of the unhappy Turkish general who was strangled by his sovereign because he failed to take Vienna in 1683.
A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories William Dean Howells 1878