from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wooden lifting door covering the descent to a cellar.
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It was never quite clear how it was that the cellar-flap was not securely fastened that night.
And then we saw not a door opened in the wall, but a cellar-flap released in the floor.
And last night parties unknown tried to break my leg for me with an open cellar-flap.
Then, when the bridge is passed, and the train is skirting the very edge of a precipice, so that a stone dropped just outside the window would tumble straight down 300 feet, he suddenly lets go, and, balancing himself on the foot-board without holding on to anything, commences to dance a sort of Teutonic cellar-flap, and to warm his body by flinging his arms about in the manner of cabmen on a cold day.
Mrs. Macy's fallin 'through the cellar-flap giv' me a bad turn, but she's doin 'nicely,' n 'the minister makes up f'r anythin'.
I recollect dining once at Mrs Bevan's, in that broad street round the corner by the coachmaker's, where the tipsy man fell through the cellar-flap of an empty house nearly a week before the quarter-day, and wasn't found till the new tenant went in -- and we had roast pig there.
a cellar-flap for a pot of four-half, but that was not what we wanted.