from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The keeper of a book-stall or other stall.


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  • The successful women, bumped and jostled by the rest, were trying to make off with their saucepans while dozens of others clamoured round the stall, accusing the stall-keeper of favouritism and of having more saucepans somewhere in reserve.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • At length he cried, “I have it!” and went with him to a spring, dipped himself in it, and came out as a stall-keeper in the market, and dealer in animals.

    Household Tales

  • The stall-keeper was just extinguishing his lights; the frosty sky showed a pale gleam of sunrise.

    New Grub Street

  • She had done some ‘work’ for our stall-keeper in the Champs-Elysées, and went out in the snow to give it to her with her own hands, so as not to lose a day.

    Within a Budding Grove

  • The first woman had been actively hostile, and only the woman with the sausages seemed at all friendly-and that was simply because of the quarrel she had with the first stall-keeper.

    The Robin And The Kestrel

  • One day I asked another woman stall-keeper who was a friend of mine if the owners ever sold the books.

    A Moveable Feast

  • "Eh, lad," said the second stall-keeper, leaning out to examine the contents of her hat with interest.

    The Lark And The Wren

  • [417] "Hot Grey Pease and a suck of bacon" (tied to a string of which the stall-keeper held the other end), was a popular street cry in the London of James the First.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • The cakes are all put out on large blocks, which are higher at the sides than in the middle, and, for twopence, any one who likes may try his luck and see if he can break the cake in two by striking it with a stout stick provided by the stall-keeper for the purpose.

    Dutch Life in Town and Country

  • It was cooler now, and we wandered through the tents, chatting patronizingly to the stall-keeper whenever we came to pink geraniums.

    The Sunny Side


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