from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A press for squeezing the oil from olives. See oil-press.


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  • When the aid workers finally bulldozed through the landslide in the road, they found a small community living in tents of corrugated iron lashed to salvaged beams, with discreet latrines dug at a safe distance from the well, their communal olive-press repaired and in working order so that money would continue to be earned and starvation kept at bay.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • Nearly opposite him across the chapel stood Frank Bates; an unbridged gulf of boys separated these rival and contrasted deities, that one the ineffable dweller on cloud-capped Olympus, this the homely clay image, the intimate of hearth and household, the patron of threshing-floor and olive-press.

    The Complete Stories

  • When the crops came in, we all took turns to help each other, gathering the vintage, or lending slaves, or sharing an olive-press.

    The Praise Singer

  • "I should think not!" said Arist├Žus, and his teeth flashed in a smile that was very pleasant to see, as he strained at the olive-press.

    Jurgen A Comedy of Justice


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