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Chimney-sweep

Definitions

  • The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush
    The little chimney sweep, with his ragged clothes and brush
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Chimney-sweep one who sweeps or cleans chimneys
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cheminée—L. camīnus; Gr. kaminos, a furnace.

Usage

In literature:

They'll think the sweeps must have left it when the chimney was last swept.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
Chimney wants sweeping, old chap.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
Children were compelled to hard labor in the coal-mines, and to the dirty work of chimney sweeping.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
A Chimney Sweep and his boy on the top of a chimney.
"The Olden Time Series, Vol. 4: Quaint and Curious Advertisements" by Henry M. Brooks
Your political sweep and shoe-black is no more respected than he who cleans our chimneys or cleans our shoes.
"Handy Andy, Volume One" by Samuel Lover
I shall probably be French-maided to the limit if I ever get a start, though I'd rather be a slavey or a chimney-sweep!
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
Hi was a chimney sweep; that's wot made me good for this bally old business, sir.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
His face shows white, but with some smut upon it, like that of a chimney-sweep negligently cleansed.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
If I had come for the purpose of sweeping her chimney, the woman could not have looked more indifferent to my appearance.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
You are the very same little chimney-sweep who came into my bedroom.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
Shouts of laughter resounded on all sides; we had the appearance of negroes, or rather of chimney-sweeps.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Then the little shepherdess cried, and looked at her sweetheart, the china chimney-sweep.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
We came back, black as chimney-sweeps from the volcanic dust we had brushed off the bushes.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
Some years ago a few kind people made up their minds to try to get hold of all the chimney-sweeps in Dublin and give them an education.
"Little Folks (November 1884)" by Various
The peasant dies, and his two eldest boys set out for Paris as chimney-sweeps.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
An ominous rumbling in the direction of the kitchen chimney announces that the sweep is still at work.
"Betty's Battles" by S. L. M.
That fire threatened Enchanted, once it should sweep through the chimney draught of Pogey Notch.
"King Spruce, A Novel" by Holman Day
I have one great chum, the Chimney-Sweep, Yasha.
"Verotchka's Tales" by Mamin Siberiak
Not the chimney-sweep, child; not the chimney-sweep.
"The Awakening of Spring" by Frank Wedekind
He had been a chimney-sweep, and afterwards was 'Jack in the water' to Simmonds' yard at Putney.
"Boating" by W. B. Woodgate
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In poetry:

For the chimney-sweeps of Cheltenham town,
Sooty of face as a swallow of wing,
Come whistling, singing, dancing down
With white teeth flashing as they sing.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
For brooms were short and the chimneys tall,
And the gipsies caught 'em these blackbirds cheap,
So Cheltenham bought them, spry and small,
And shoved them up in the dark to sweep.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
Why are you dancing, O chimney-sweeps of Cheltenham,
And where did you win you these may-coats so fine;
For some are red as roses, and some are gold as daffodils,
But who, ah, who remembers, now, a little lad of mine?
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
And we dance, dance, dreaming of a lady most beautiful
That shall walk the green valleys of this dark earth one day,
And call to us gently, "O chimney-sweeps of Cheltenham,
I am looking for my children. Awake, and come away."
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes
But why are you dancing now, O chimney-sweeps of Cheltenham,
And why are you singing of a May that is fled?--
O, there's music to be born, though we pluck the old fiddle-strings,
And a world's May awaking where the fields lay dead.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Always check with BBB for a trusted chimney sweep ing business in your area.
Looking for a chimney sweep.
New Ulm Actors Community Theater, (NUACT) is looking for individuals who would act as chimney sweeps in the German-American Day Parade at 11 am, on Saturday Oct.6, in downtown New Ulm.
Check chimney sweep for clean reputation.
The chimney sweeps run a modern operation with little soot, no top hats and no dancing, Jason says.
Why so many London chimney sweeps suffered scrotal cancer.
Chim-chim-cheroo: Why So Many London Chimney Sweeps Suffered Scrotal Cancer.
On its website, The Goat Tavern of Mount Shasta describes itself as a watering hole for bohemians, mountaineers, fishermen, skiers, snowboarders, weekend bikers with no felonies (misdemeanors overlooked), and chimney sweeps.
Once the chimney sweep has performed his annual inspection and cleaning, lighting that first fire of the season in the kitchen's wood stove is a special event.
Charlotte Raven went from childhood chimney sweep to London high society when good fortune smiled on her at a young age.
Legend suggests geese once served as reluctant chimney sweeps.
Legend suggests geese once served as reluctant chimney sweeps.
Modern-day chimney sweeps don't resemble 'Mary Poppins' depiction.
How to Smoke Out a Crooked Chimney Sweep.
As you look to get your chimney serviced this fall, be wary of dishonest sweeps who try to dupe homeowners into unnecessary or shoddy work.
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