from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A room appropriated to the same purpose as a counting-house.


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  • He led me through the counting-room, to an apartment up a flight of stairs; before ascending, however, he looked into the book in which the foreign-visaged clerk was writing, and, seemingly not satisfied with the manner in which he was executing his task, he gave him two or three cuffs, telling him at the same time that he deserved crucifixion.


  • I entered a counting-room, in which a solitary clerk, with a foreign look, was writing.


  • With a quick step I entered the counting-room, where, notwithstanding the earliness of the hour, I found the clerk, busied as usual at his desk.


  • He selected from the counting-room a big, hulking youth by the name of McGlooral, with the acquired prefix of “Smiggy.”

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • It may have been swept out of a bank or caught up by the wind from some counting-room table.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Less swart in aspect, the companions of this figure were of that vivid, tiger-yellow complexion peculiar to some of the aboriginal natives of the Manillas; — a race notorious for a certain diabolism of subtilty, and by some honest white mariners supposed to be the paid spies and secret confidential agents on the water of the devil, their lord, whose counting-room they suppose to be elsewhere.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • I breakfasted, read my paper, smoked my cigar, and walked leisurely to my counting-room.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • Inquiring for him in the counting-room, I was told by his book-keeper to follow the stairs to the top of the store, and I should find him.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • "Gone across the lake with Nell and Mr. Laudersdale for a letter," replied Master Fred Heath, who had returned that afternoon from the counting-room, with his employer, and now sauntered by.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

  • He was quick of apprehension, well informed; and his familiarity with the counting-room of Mr. Brindlock had given him a business promptitude that was specially agreeable to the Doctor, whose habits in that regard were of woful slackness.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865


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