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  • noun Plural form of dunghill.


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  • For every doer, there are about eight or ten bloggers who follow him or her around strategically constructing mountains out of the dunghills he or she leaves behind.

    If a Koran burning falls in a forest...

  • It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.

    Sound Politics: Onward Christian Soldiers

  • Excrement and rubbish of all kinds collected in dunghills in the courtyards, or was simply trodden into the unpaved, uncleaned passageways where rivulets of fetid water ran.


  • Royal marriage, numbers of them were dying with starvation, on the dunghills in the streets of Paris.

    A Child's History of England

  • There were frowzy fields, and cow – houses, and dunghills, and dustheaps, and ditches, and gardens, and summer – houses, and carpet – beating grounds, at the very door of the Railway.

    Dombey and Son

  • Ineruditi fures, &c. A fault that every writer finds, as I do now, and yet faulty themselves, [81] Trium literarum homines, all thieves; they pilfer out of old writers to stuff up their new comments, scrape Ennius 'dunghills, and out of [82] Democritus' pit, as

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • They are produced in an artificial soil, and taste of nothing but the dunghills, from whence they spring.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • But no answer was returned, though the peal resounded through a number of apartments, and was echoed from the court-yard walls without the house, startling the pigeons from the venerable rotunda which they occupied, and alarming anew even the distant village curs, which had retired to sleep upon their respective dunghills.


  • His horses are bred better; for, besides that they are fair with their feeding, they are taught their manage, and to that end riders dearly hired: but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but growth; for the which his animals on his dunghills are as much bound to him as I.

    As You Like It

  • In his book of a Commonweal, having said that we are ready to paint even dunghills, a little after he adds, that some beautify their cornfields with vines climbing up trees, and myrtles set in rows, and keep peacocks, doves, and partridges, that they may hear them cry and coo, and nightingales.

    Essays and Miscellanies


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