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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A broom or brush for sweeping or cleaning carpets.


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  • He made his beard flowing on his breast, and, leaning both hands on the staff of a carpet-broom which Mrs. Parkins had left among my books, said:

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  • A stiff hair broom or brush should be employed, unless the carpet is very dirty, when a whisk or carpet-broom should be used, first followed by another made of hair, to take off the loose dust.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • The frequent use of a stiff carpet-broom soon wears off the beauty of the best carpet.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • Such compounds are of course much used; but they are ugly when they are otiose; it might be worth while to talk of a war-famous brewer, or of a peace-famous general, just as we often have occasion to speak of a carpet-knight, but of a carpet-broom only if it is necessary to guard against mistake.


  • "'What an interesting way you have of relating a story,' said the carpet-broom; 'it is easy to perceive that you have been a great deal in women's society, there is something so pure runs through what you say.'

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

  • "The plates rattled with pleasure, and the carpet-broom brought some green parsley out of the dust-hole and crowned the saucepan, for he knew it would vex the others; and he thought, 'If I crown him to-day he will crown me to-morrow.'

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen


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