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  • n. Plural form of corner-stone.

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Examples

  • Part of the roof had been pulled down from the house itself, and an attempt had been made with crows and levers upon one of the angles, by which several large corner-stones had been forced out of their place; but the solidity of ancient mason-work had proved too great for the time or patience of the assailants, and they had relinquished their task of destruction.

    The Abbot

  • Hence in rainy weather the gutter water was soon deep at the foot of the old houses, sweeping down with it the dust and refuse deposited at the corner-stones by the residents.

    A Second Home

  • The passer-by feels chilled as he walks close to this wall, where worn corner-stones ineffectually shelter him from the wheels of vehicles.

    The Commission in Lunacy

  • And by trying to squeeze in between two corner-stones to make way, the hawker managed to block the passage long enough to achieve her purpose.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • Many of the propositions that fundamentalists are keen to sell the public are oft-repeated corner-stones of the media atheist's philosophy of religion.

    Those damned media atheists.

  • It is a long-violated retreat; all its corner-stones, plinths, and architraves were carried away to build neighbouring villages even before mediaeval or modern history began.

    A Changed Man

  • But here he took a road of his own, setting up another Shandean hypothesis upon these corner-stones they had laid for him; — and which said hypothesis equally stood its ground; whether the subtilty and fineness of the soul depended upon the temperature and clearness of the said liquor, or of the finer net-work and texture in the cerebellum itself; which opinion he favoured.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • An independent, constructive, and vibrant media and opposition were legitimate corner-stones of democracy.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In this context the Summit discussed macro-economic policy and agreed that there was a strong intra-alliance consensus that macro-economic policy should be based upon the following corner-stones: that the apartheid economy we have inherited requires major structural changes (many of these changes have already begun to be implemented).

    ALLIANCE SUMMIT 24-25 OCTOBER 1998

  • In this context the Summit discussed macro-economic policy and agreed that there was a strong intra-alliance consensus that macro-economic policy should be based upon the following corner-stones:

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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