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mantlepiece  n.  A shelf that projects from the wall above a fireplace; a mantel; as, in England they call a mantelpiece a chimneypiece.
Synonyms: mantel, mantelpiece, mantle, chimneypiece.

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"Mantlepiece" Quotes from Famous Books

... as the sheet on the bed, and clutched the mantlepiece. "Good God! don't suggest such a thing," he says; "I never thought of ...
— The Observations of Henry • Jerome K. Jerome

... crooked-legged tables and carved chairs obstructed the floor, and on the threshold a lap-dog snapped at the flies in his dreams. Besides, there were portraits of powdered dames, and hideous china ornaments on the tall narrow mantlepiece; and an embroidered screen in the recess next the fireplace described with silent ...
— The Youth of Jefferson - A Chronicle of College Scrapes at Williamsburg, in Virginia, A.D. 1764 • Anonymous

... the dinner-table of the late Dr. Kitchener, and, inter alia, the late George Colman, who was an especial favorite; his interpolation of a little monosyllable in a written admonition which the Doctor caused to be placed on the mantlepiece of the dining parlor will never be forgotten, and was the origin of such a drinking bout as was seldom permitted under his roof. The caution ran thus: "Come at seven, go at eleven." Colman briefly altered the sense of it; ...
— The Jest Book - The Choicest Anecdotes and Sayings • Mark Lemon

... mantlepiece, and taking down a silver cigarette box, opened and offered it to his visitor. Kara was wearing a grey lounge suit; and although grey is a very trying colour for a foreigner to wear, this suit fitted his splendid figure and gave him just that bulk ...
— The Clue of the Twisted Candle • Edgar Wallace

... oldfashioned kitchen as befits the Christmas games and wassail that had been kept up at Manor Farm, Dingley Dell, "by old Wardle's forefathers from time immemorial". The dining-room, though modernized, has a massive marble mantlepiece not unsuited to that "capacious chimney up which you could have driven one of the new patent cabs, wheels and all", and in which a blazing fire used to roar every evening, not only when its warmth was grateful, but for a symbol, as it were, of old Wardle's attachment to his ...
— Dickens-Land • J. A. Nicklin

... niches and recesses of old stone-work. The walls were hung with gilded tapestries of Spanish leather, but were interrupted in many places by the antique stone groinings of alcoves and cup-boards, one of which, close beside the mantlepiece, was closed by a curiously carved door of heavy oak-work, itself sunk above a foot within the ...
— Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 3 September 1848 • Various

... mixer blew in, threw his saws behind the sofa, put his dip net on the mantlepiece, and took a fall out ...
— Get Next! • Hugh McHugh

Words linked to "Mantlepiece" :   fireplace, mantel, shelf, open fireplace, mantelpiece, mantle, chimneypiece

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