from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pipe for the conducting of sewage or drainage: usually a pipe of glazed earthenware with bell-and-spigot joints laid underground. It is distinguished from a soil-pipe in that the latter generally conveys the discharge from privies and water-closets of residences only, and not storm-water from the streets. The soil-pipe is usually a branch into the sewer-pipe.


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  • The soirée took place in the lobby of our very office building at 5900 Wilshire, and while the celebrity guests, the sewer-pipe time capsule, the fortune teller, and the live Theremin rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" were buzzworthy, but it was the hors d'oeuvres that set the room a twitter.

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  • They also have trucks with big reverse Hoovers on them that have a sewer-pipe sized hose that can “spray” the mulch in about a tenth of the time it takes to lump bags or wheelbarrow loads about the yard.

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  • Or you will crawl up a chimney-flue, at the risk of burning; or you will creep through a sewer-pipe, at the risk of drowning; I do not speak of the holes that you will be obliged to mask, of the stones which you will have to take up and replace twenty times a day, of the plaster that you will have to hide in your straw pallet.

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  • Against all this, not to mention the obvious breaking of the fixed-date promise and the current scandals, heavy-handedness and crises that have accumulated like sludge in a sewer-pipe, we are left with two suggestions.

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  • Not much high-tech involved; these sewer-pipe projectiles are about as sophisticated as a Congreve rocket, circa 1812, and about as accurate.

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  • But you must no longer walk on that carpet, even though the angels have laid it for you; you must no longer see your city from that pathway; you must burrow homewards from your work in a sewer-pipe of stink, and deeper rabbit-warrens of burrowing are being prepared for you, and you have no Declaration of Independence that secures to you the undeniable right to breathe fresh air.

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  • The connecting of the water pipes and the laying of the sewer was done by a local plumber for $50; the drain-pipe and sewer-pipe cost $112; and the three catch-basins, bricked up and covered with two-inch plank, cost $63.

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  • Clays are used principally for building and paving brick and tile, sewer-pipe, railroad ballast, road material, puddle, Portland cement, and pottery.

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  • But at the right of the fireplace, and balancing the tuft of pampa-grass to the left, was an inverted section of a sewer-pipe painted blue and decorated with daisies.


  • The mantelpiece was of white marble with gray spots; on one side of it stood an Alaskan "grass basket" full of photographs, and on the other an inverted section of a sewer-pipe painted with daisies and full of gilded cat-tails tied with a blue ribbon.

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