from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who builds or maintains very high structures, such as steeples.

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  • n. A person whose job involves climbing tall structures like steeples.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who builds or maintains very tall structures


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  • To Jim Phelan, a third-generation steeplejack in Pacifica, Calif., knocking off a steeple just doesn't look right.

    Church steeples, aging out of fashion, meet their maker

  • St. Mark's repair estimate replacing water-laden timbers and rotting boards on the facing, repairing the bell's carriage, and having the nerve and skill to do it all from four stories up on a scaffold came from veteran steeplejack Michael Hardin of Litchfield, Ohio.

    Church steeples, aging out of fashion, meet their maker

  • Somewhere above meperhaps at the very top of this tower, where the di Caela banner fluttered red and blue and white in the last hour before some steeplejack of a servant clambered up to lower it for the eveninga nightingale began its dark serenade of stars and moons.


  • So, when I had finished my steeplejack duties, I lowered my saw to the ground.

    No Ordinary Utensil

  • My favourite Superman comic book stories are Kingdom Come it's essentially a Superman story, and it was a bright spot in the mid 90s when I was otherwise unable to collect comics, the 50s story where Superman goes undercover as a steeplejack to get dirt on a shady construction kingpin, Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite, the Superman/Spider-Man 70s crossovers, Up, Up, and Away... there's too many more I could name.

    Happy 70th Birthday, Superman!! | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

  • It would be like saying you were a steeplejack who was afraid of heights.

    Stage Fright . . . trancework

  • The scariest job swap that I had was atop a-- I was steeplejack atop a church in New England somewhere, 90 feet up.

    CNN Transcript Jun 18, 2002

  • Later, he founded his own steeplejack service, and despite prejudices against him by the unions and so forth for being an uppity redskin, he made a great deal of money.

    Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

  • He climbed skyscrapers and flagpoles and smokestacks and was a famous steeplejack.

    Rootabaga Stories

  • Blixie Bimber liked him because he was a steeplejack, a little, but more because he was a whistler.

    Rootabaga Stories


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