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  • Instead of a piece of tin for a halo, the pink woman is crowned with a wild head of broom-straw hair.

    Sufficient Grace

  • The molds were of candle-shape, joined in batteries of six or twelve, with a pert handle at one side, and tiny holes at the tips, through which the wick-ends were thrust, by help of a long broom-straw.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South

  • His hair, normally neatly oiled and slicked, stuck out like frayed broom-straw.

    A Place so Foreign

  • "I can quite imagine you, astride the rudder of this thing, with a punt-pole as long as a ship's mast and as light as a broom-straw, bumping and skipping along in the utter darkness on the other side of the Moon; scaling mountains, bridging yawning chasms, and skimming over sombre sea-beds!"

    Pharaoh's Broker Being the Very Remarkable Experiences in Another World of Isidor Werner

  • Kayak Bill drew once or twice on his pipe with apparently unsatisfactory results, for he slowly removed his sombrero, drew a broom-straw from inside the band, extracted the stem of the corn-cob and ran the straw through it.

    Where the Sun Swings North

  • To ascertain if a large cake is sufficiently baked, pierce it with a broom-straw through the center; if done, the straw will come out free from dough; if not done, dough will adhere to the straw.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • You can tell when a cake is done by running in a broom-straw, or the blade of a bright knife; if it comes out without sticking, it is done, but if not, set it back.

    Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers

  • Their beds were made of what is there called "broom-straw."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • Mrs. Kantor, fairly fat and not yet forty, and at the immemorial task of plumbing a delicately swelling layer-cake with broom-straw, raised her face, reddened and faintly moist.

    Humoresque A Laugh on Life with a Tear Behind It

  • In those germless days she had worn bits of broom-straw, plucked from the common sweeping-broom, in the lobes until the holes were healed and ready for little gold rings.

    O Pioneers!

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