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

  • n. A small short-handled broom used especially to brush clothes.

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  • n. A small hand broom, with a short handle, for brushing clothes.


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  • One of the slaves, a nearly naked boy looking to be in his late teens, was down on his hands and knees with a small whiskbroom sweeping the carpet set before the entrance to the bedroom.

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  • He made short, hesitant strokes with the broom, then put the broom down painfully, leaning it against the cart; he then reached into the cart, and picked up a whiskbroom and a dustpan.

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  • Sometimes I would be down mere standing inside the door jumping up and down in my gray jacket with the whiskbroom in the pocket, and the manager would have to come and shout at me that I had customers upstairs.

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  • "Here, you can take over the whiskbroom," he said, "just two or three licks-but let 'em feel it."

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  • He made use of his own comb and brush, tooth-brush, nail-file and whiskbroom.

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  • "James Citty" have been explored; yet a significant amount of information has been revealed by trowel and whiskbroom and careful recording.

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  • Now remove the wire from the whiskbroom and sprinkle with baking soda.

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  • But Jim stopped the performance by suddenly imprisoning girl and whiskbroom in his arms.

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  • After that, she brushed crumbs out of the beds with a whiskbroom and rubbed a few backs with alcohol, and smoothed the counterpanes, and hung over Johnny's unconscious figure for a little while, giving motherly pats to his flat pillow and worrying considerably because there was so little about him to remind her of the Johnny she knew at home.

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  • There, mindful of the fact that he had come from the contagious pavilion, the minister brushed his shabby smoking-coat with a whiskbroom to remove the germs!

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