from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A basket to contain a housekeeper's keys.


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  • Miss Abingdon still used a key-basket and hoped, please God, she would never be called upon to give up this womanly appendage, whatever the world might come to.

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • Miss Abingdon put her key-basket upon the dressing-table and sat down in an armchair on the farther side of the room.

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • Bible on the counterpane and decided once more that young people were inexplicable, and she clung to her key-basket with a feeling of security, and, holding it carefully in her hand, went downstairs again.

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • She glanced at her key-basket and moved uneasily in her chair.

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • At ten, I was trusted to carry the key-basket and to "give out" ingredients required for the day's cooking and serving.

    Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life,

  • My grandmother's wedding night-gown, which I have, helps me to picture her as she moved about the modest homestead, directing and overseeing servants, key-basket on arm, keeping, as she did,

    Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life,

  • C. and down the steps; she is a pretty woman, bright, fresh, and cheery; she carries a small key-basket containing keys, and an account book and pencil, which she places on R., table as she turns from Gilbert; she throws the shawl over the mounting stone as

    The Squire An Original Comedy in Three Acts

  • Mildred, as she sat on the sofa with her key-basket in her hand; 'but


  • She crossed the room to where her hostess's key-basket and other belongings stood upon a table near the window.

    The Grey Lady

  • But here I caught hold, not of the key-basket, but of the hard, work-worn hand that held it.

    Esther : a book for girls


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