from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Blacking for boots and shoes.


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  • In "Oliver Twist," he used the betrayals and poverty of his own young life—at 12, he was forced to work in a shoe-blacking factory, and his father was thrown into the Marshalsea Prison for debt.

    The Hazards of Fairyland

  • There were -- infamously -- his own family's time sentenced to debtors' prison, and the year he himself spent as a boy working long days in a shoe-blacking factory.

    David Tereshchuk: The Reporting Behind Two Centuries of Dickens' Impact

  • When he was ten years old his father was imprisoned for debt (like Micawber, in the Marshalsea prison), and he was put to work in the cellar of a London shoe-blacking factory.

    A History of English Literature

  • But Madeline telegraphed Roberta laconically: "Gray carpet paper shell, mark scales shoe-blacking, lace together sides," and continued to sojourn in Washington Square.

    Betty Wales Senior

  • England, or instructed as to how much I should let my man charge me for shoe-blacking, or advised as to the most effectual way of preventing the butler from stealing my cheroots, while Dora Harris, remote as a star, talked to a cavalry subaltern about wind-galls and splints!

    The Pool in the Desert

  • A volume of Shakespeare lies on top of a heaping full waste basket that was once used to bring peaches to market, and an ancient copy of Worcester's Dictionary shares places in an adjacent chair with the poet's old and familiar soft gray hat, a newly darned blue woolen sock and a shoe-blacking brush.

    Mince Pie

  • This and other magnified photographs were obtained by fastening the lens of a discarded bicycle lantern in a cone of paper blackened on the inside with shoe-blacking.

    The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year

  • In order to make the scoring of points more vivid and visible to the audience, it was decided, after some hesitation, that the gloves should be coated with shoe-blacking.

    The Dozen from Lakerim

  • It was a big piece of cardboard fixed onto a scout staff and on it was printed with shoe-blacking:

    Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike

  • I said, "Bring down a bottle of shoe-blacking with a sponge brush and we'll let the whole World know that you're a hero, I mean a shero."

    Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike


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