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  • n. Plural form of house-wall.


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  • But Agatha's New England spirit was as sharp as the frost, and it travelled to him through solid house-walls and across the intervening hundred yards.


  • So David build a timbered second story for Lucien, so as not to put too great a strain on the old rifted house-walls.

    Two Poets

  • Next, upon due reflotation, up started four hurrigan gales to smithereen his plateglass house-walls and the slate for accounts his keeper was cooking.

    Finnegans Wake

  • In fact, such of our shopping as is done in our ville is in the quaint marketplace, where black house-walls are beetling and bent, and

    Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885

  • These poor people slept on the ground, content with the shelter of house-walls: they subsisted on unripe fruits and that unfailing fund of mild tobacco which every male being in all those countries invariably manages to secure.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878

  • The frequent presence of large building stones, and especially of architectural fragments, in recent house-walls probably indicates the neighbourhood of an ancient building: and all reconstructions and fresh foundation-trenches should be kept under observation.

    How to Observe in Archaeology

  • Here and there over the waste where Johnstown stood in its pride black smoke arises from the bonfires on which shattered house-walls, rafters, doors, broken furniture and all the flotsam and jetsam of the great flood is cast.

    The Johnstown Horror!!! or, Valley of Death, being A Complete and Thrilling Account of the Awful Floods and Their Appalling Ruin

  • They were ushered across the courtyard -- Patricia all the while gaping shamelessly about at the four house-walls that formed the square about the courtyard -- and went up a red-carpeted, stone stair to the first floor of the house, where they followed their affable guide through a succession of passages, coming at last into a huge room at the door of which she left them.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge

  • There was a crash that echoed amid the house-walls, and a pillar of black smoke stood like a cypress tree at the other end of the village street.

    One Man's Initiation—1917

  • Peter nodded assent, and looked up the street of dim water, his chin propped in his hands, and thought how extraordinarily pleasant was the red light that slanted across the dark water from green doors ajar in steep house-walls.

    The Lee Shore


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