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.

    The Land of Mist

  • And then we saw not a door opened in the wall, but a cellar-flap released in the floor.

    The Phantom of the Opera

  • And last night parties unknown tried to break my leg for me with an open cellar-flap.

    Hugo A Fantasia on Modern Themes

  • 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.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage

  • 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'.

    Susan Clegg and Her Friend Mrs. Lathrop

  • 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.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • a cellar-flap for a pot of four-half, but that was not what we wanted.



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