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  • noun Alternative form of abovestairs.
  • adverb Alternative form of above stairs.


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  • There is a picture above-stairs which your grandfather is said to have executed.

    The Virginians

  • As it behoved me to prepare them in my favour against whatever might come from Miss Howe, I improved upon the hint I had thrown out above-stairs against that mischief-making lady.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The lady sees nobody; nor are the best apartments above-stairs to be viewed, till she is either absent, or gone into the country; which she talks of doing in a fortnight, or three weeks, at farthest, and to live there retired.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • During the conversation a little querulous voice makes itself audible above-stairs, at which noise

    The Newcomes

  • By your last boldness to me [an astonishing one it was, to pursue before Mr. Solmes the subject I was forced to break from above-stairs!] you may, as far as I know, plead, that you had my countenance for your correspondence with him; and so add to the uneasiness between your father and me.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • “Sure, George, you have your room here, and my mother is above-stairs getting it ready!” cries Harry.

    The Virginians

  • Hence she had acquainted Jones with her being above-stairs in bed, in hopes that he might have caught her in

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • We ought not, therefore, to condemn the maid of the inn for her hyperbole, who, when she descended, after having lighted the fire, declared, and ratified it with an oath, that if ever there was an angel upon earth, she was now above-stairs.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • The physician now arrived, and began to inquire of the two disputants, how we all did above-stairs?

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • He was chilled into quietness till Papa Gouroff, the owner of the restaurant, arrived from above-stairs.

    Our Mr. Wrenn


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