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Lamp-post

Definitions

  • Dad Leaned Against a Lamp Post and Scratched his Back 364
    Dad Leaned Against a Lamp Post and Scratched his Back 364
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lamp-post A post (generally a pillar of iron) supporting a lamp or lantern for lighting a street, park, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lamp-post A post or pillar, usually of iron, designed to support a street-lamp or other outdoor lamp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lamp-post the pillar supporting a street-lamp
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Quotations

  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lamp posts... for support rather than illumination.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. lampe—Gr. lampas, -ados—lampein, to shine.

Usage

In literature:

This was when they were out by that lamp post which had lighted Johnnie's reading.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Directly he found himself in another street he opened the paper under a lamp-post.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
One stopped us under a lamp-post and wanted us to go back.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
That celestial lamp-post, the moon, does not always show itself!
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
If possible, I hope to get the streets cleaned up and a railroad, and mayhap in time lamp-posts.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
You'll find him in the gutter up the street, under the third lamp post.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
I turned giddy, and staggered against a lamp-post, where presently I was found by a wandering policeman.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, June 1893" by Various
All three shied at a lamp-post.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
If we can only put our hands on the murderers, I don't care if the people hang 'em to those lamp-posts!
"In the Mayor's Parlour" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
Flags were flying from every window, from every roof, from every lamp-post.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
She sat up rigid as a lamp post.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
I shall smash him up against a lamp-post just because I hate everyone.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Lamp-posts'll do me all right for a while.
"The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch" by Henry Wallace Phillips
The gaslights are glaring from hundreds of lamp-posts.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
In the roadway a short distance from the lamp-post lay the burned-off end of the telegraph wire.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
So I gaed oot and stood by a lamp-post for company.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Did he imagine that appointments hung on lamp-posts ready to his hand?
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Hang him to a lamp post!
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
Wonder whether the leading wheel will keep straight on until we have passed that lamp-post.
"Mr. Punch Awheel"
Sucatash, against the lamp-post, lolled negligently and rolled a cigarette.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
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In poetry:

When Midian, encamped,
'Gainst Israel took their post,
Who, with a pitcher and a lamp,
Discomfited their host ?
"Enigma XXXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Dog at the lamp-post wags its tail
'Cos the dirty legs are square
What little remains of the crystal set
Of dirty old Devil-May-Care.
"Devil May Not Care" by Billy Bennett
Pretty Sadie, aged fourteen,
To a lamp-post clings serene.
"What's the matter?" some may ask.
On her hip she wears a flask
Labelled "Tonic for the Hair"—
"Hic," says Sadie, "we should care!"
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin
- Ah! sir, our worshipped posture we perchance
Shall not abandon, though we see not how,
Being to that lamp-post fixed, we may advance
Beside our lords in any real degree,
Unless we move: and to advance is now
A sovereign need, think more than we.
"A Ballad Of Fair Ladies In Revolt" by George Meredith

In news:

The money raised at this event will go to purchase the laurel gardens and red bows that are put on the lamp posts of Beacon Hill .
Lamp Post Group nurtures startups.
Cameron Doody of Campus Bellhops walks into a cubicle to take a phone call at the Lamp Post Group offices in the Loveman's building in downtown Chattanooga.
Who Walks Into A Lamp Post.
Our refined readers like to stop by the Smoking Lamp for a post-dinner puff.
With Summit Street open, and the streetscape lamp posts up, the 13th Street Revitalization Committee is looking toward future improvements.
A triple dog dare takes place with a tongue about to get frozen to the lamp post.
A coal miner's child takes home kerosene for lamps in Pursglove, Scotts Run, W.Va. Marion Post Wolcott.
The money raised at this event will go to purchase the laurel gardens and red bows that are put on the lamp posts of Beacon Hill.
Lamp Post Group nurtures startups.
Viewing posts tagged lamp .
Several residents reported having windows and glass light fixtures on lamp posts in front of their homes broken or damaged.
Shelley Prevost is a co-founder of Lamp Post Group, a venture incubator in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
They've been strategically placed on lamp posts, stop-lights, they sit in parks, in intersections and highly populated areas.
An Athens-Clarke police officer said he was on patrol early Friday when he saw an 18-year-old University of Georgia student vomiting as she leaned against a lamp post on Foundry Street.
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In science:

For example, usually the corona is variously and crudely depicted as a sphere, a slab, or a lamp post.
A Simple Comptonization Model
I am reminded of the story of the drunk and the lamp post.
FPCP 2012 Summary Talk on Experiments
Maybe this is only well known in the West, so indulge me if I tell it here. A drunk has lost his keys and is spending a long time looking for them under a lamp post.
FPCP 2012 Summary Talk on Experiments
As mentioned earlier, searching for the unexpected is looking beyond the lamp post.
FPCP 2012 Summary Talk on Experiments
And, there were also places where results were presented which explored the possibility of unexpected signals, looking beyond the lamp post.
FPCP 2012 Summary Talk on Experiments
Because of their high luminosity, they are used by cosmologists as lamp posts allowing accurate spectra to be obtained, in which the analysis of absorption lines provides information on the state of the intervening intergalactic matter.
The Dark Age of the Universe
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