from The Century Dictionary.

  • To treat in the manner of Lord Grimthorpe, that is, to ‘restore’ (an old piece of architecture) with the effect of spoiling it, as Lord Grimthorpe is said to have done when he undertook to restore the west front of St. Albans Abbey in England.


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  • To carry out a botched restoration of a building.

    January 7, 2008