skirting-board love


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of skirting board.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The narrow board placed round the bottom of the wall of a room, next the floor. Also called base-board, mopboard, and wash-board.


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  • The white paint of the skirting-board and the picture-rail could be, and the paintwork of the door and the window-frames.

    William Trevor | An Idyll in Winter

  • It lay hard up against the skirting-board beneath the still unwashed window.

    Mortal Causes

  • He opened his eyes, blinking warm sweat away, and gazed with trembling relief at the bubbled pink paintwork of the skirting-board, six inches from his nose: his arms, his shoulders, his entire back, aching from the strain of wrestling with that eternal bloody burning beam.


  • He hitched a wary eye over the window-sill, saw that the telephone operator, his back almost directly to him, was talking animatedly on the phone, lifted himself another six indies, observed a cable of what appeared to be exactly similar dimensions to the one he was holding running along the skirting-board to some point behind the exchange and then not reappearing again.

    Where Eagles Dare

  • Turning to the left he opened a door into a small library, which was lined with books from skirting-board to cornice; a ripe fire glowed upon the hearth, and two easy full-bottomed leathern chairs stood on either side.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • There he lay down on the floor between the stove and the skirting-board.

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

  • The dog fell asleep under the table as he was gnawing a bone; the cat in front of a mouse-hole, the mouse itself on the other side of the skirting-board, with its little sharp nose outstretched to sniff the air suspiciously.

    The Sleeping Beauty

  • Anna Maria went down by way of the skirting-board and a window shutter to the kitchen to steal the dough.

    The Roly-Poly Pudding

  • It was while he was thus engaged that a faint rustle aroused his attention, and looking towards the corner of the room whence it proceeded, he saw a large rat crouching by the skirting-board watching him with malevolent eyes.

    The Shrieking Pit

  • Presently there was a little scuffling, scratching noise in a corner near the fireplace, where there was a hole under the skirting-board.

    The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter


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