from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A brush for cleaning, blacking, or polishing shoes.


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  • Hunchy took up a shoe-brush again, the woman went to peel potatoes, the children turned over the pages of some old magazines they had found.

    An Open Letter to Fans of South Plains Football

  • Hunchy lost his temper suddenly and threw the shoe-brush he was using straight at Julian.

    An Open Letter to Fans of South Plains Football

  • Hunchy got another shoe-brush and went on polishing, muttering angrily under his breath.

    An Open Letter to Fans of South Plains Football

  • The Rev. Sunil K. Masih, a portly 46-year-old with a shoe-brush mustache, administered the Indian Methodist church's northern conclave here for five years.

    Indian Methodists Mired in Land Disputes

  • Standing outside the city council door, on the Monday evening when the bill was finally passed, Mr. Samuel Blackman, president of the South Side Gas Company, a little, wispy man with shoe-brush whiskers, declared emphatically:

    The Titan

  • Yellow as gamboge, bald except for hair behind his ears that looked like a worn-out shoe-brush, nose broken down the middle, a squinting eye, the foul lees and dregs of a man.

    Melville in Love

  • To Thomas Cresacre, Private, was debited the cost of one new shoe-brush.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • Would some other officer look at the ledger and wonder who had written -fivepence, one shoe-brush-, against the name Thomas Cresacre?

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • The window-cleaner waved a shoe-brush at Fatty, and the boy went round to the front, untied Buster from the fence and walked back home.

    The Mystery of Holly Lane

  • The hair round his face stood out like the bristles of a shoe-brush, and there was a curl in the knob of hair at the end of his tail that amply compensated for his inactivity.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 1, July, 1862


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