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  • n. Plural form of dungheap.


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  • Besides there is Field-husbandry, with perplexed settlement of Convent rents: corn-ricks pile themselves within burgh, in their season; and cattle depart and enter; and even the poor weaver has his cow, -- 'dungheaps' lying quiet at most doors (_ante foras_, says the incidental Jocelin), for the Town has yet no improved police.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • My favorite is the one about the flying dungheaps, which made it through three versions by me and three other readers before I caught it.

    Really Funny Stuff

  • As it crept downwards from house to stables, from stables to barns, from barns to cowsheds, and from cowsheds to dungheaps, one could hardly tell where one began and the other ended!

    An Autobiography

  • "They're friendly, sure enough, " Harper said as they left another small settlement where the dungheaps were bigger than the cottages.

    Sharpe's Havoc

  • He could smell nothing but the rank odour of the dungheaps in the town.

    Sharpe's Battle

  • The houses had been mere thatched huts with dungheaps at their doors.

    Sharpe's Rifles

  • That was why this was an endangered species, since very few roosters laid eggs in dungheaps under the Dog Star-they tended to get confused and do it under the Cat Star-and most toads had little patience with the seven years it normally required to hatch the egg.

    Centaur Aisle

  • Empires are the dungheaps out of which democracies grow.

    The One Woman

  • First it shall strike the idolaters on the day when my own people and kinsmen, the unbelieving Koraish, shall be scattered, and the three hundred and sixty idols of the Caaba thrust out upon the dungheaps of the town.

    The Last Galley Impressions and Tales

  • You had to cross a dirty farmyard, all puddles and dungheaps, on stepping-stones, to get to the door of the house-place.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Complete


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