Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person employed in cleaning carpets by beating the dust out of them.
  • n. A carpet-cleaning machine.

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Examples

  • The host is smiling, and hob-nobbing, and talking up and down the table; but a prey to secret terrors and anxieties, lest the wines he has brought up from the cellar should prove insufficient; lest a corked bottle should destroy his calculations; or our friend the carpet-beater, by making some BEVUE, should disclose his real quality of greengrocer, and show that he is not the family butler.

    The Book of Snobs

  • Falkenberg played me a mean trick: he came home with a bunch of hazel twigs for a carpet-beater, that Fruen had asked me expressly to cut for her.

    Under the Autumn Star

  • Women have cleaned up things since time began; and if women ever get into politics there will be a cleaning-out of pigeon-holes and forgotten corners, on which the dust of years has fallen, and the sound of the political carpet-beater will be heard in the land.

    In Times Like These

  • Here shall I not have to be alvays ze Baron von Blitzenberg, oldest noble in Bavaria, hereditary carpet-beater to ze Court!

    Count Bunker

  • He himself had volunteered a large quantity of miscellaneous information: about Bavaria, its customs and its people, more especially the habits and history of the Blitzenberg family; about himself, his parentage and education; all about his family ghost, his official position as hereditary carpet-beater to the Bavarian Court, and many other things equally entertaining and instructive.

    The Lunatic At Large

  • But one day Falkenberg played me a mean trick: he came home with a bunch of hazel twigs for a carpet-beater, that

    Wanderers

  • Once married, the German woman has done more than put romance behind her; she has taken a carpet-beater and driven it out of the house.

    Three Men on the Bummel

  • The master directed a brief glance at the second story whence floated the dull sound of the carpet-beater.

    The Indian Lily and Other Stories

  • Then there is an Irish labourer and HIS family in the back kitchen, and a jobbing man -- carpet-beater and so forth -- with HIS family in the front one.

    Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people

  • Alas! the man in the shop ill-treats his family; the carpet-beater extends his professional pursuits to his wife; the one-pair front has an undying feud with the two-pair front, in consequence of the two-pair front persisting in dancing over his

    Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people

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