from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One whose occupation is the sweeping of chimneys, in order to rid them of the soot that adheres to their sides.
  • noun An apparatus for cleaning chimneys.
  • noun The smut of wheat, Ustilago carbo.
  • noun In angling, an artificial fly used in salmon-fishing: named from its black color.


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  • And if I find him, he will turn me into a chimney-sweep again, I know.

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  • He was a brave little chimney-sweep; and when he found himself on the top of a high cliff, instead of sitting down and crying for his baba (though he never had had any baba to cry for), he said,

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  • And then he told Grimes all the story of his going to her house, and how she could not abide the sight of a chimney-sweep, and then how kind she was, and how he turned into a water-baby.

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  • For, if she had, she would have tempted him to tell lies in his fright; and that would have been worse for him, if possible, than even becoming a heathen chimney-sweep again.

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  • All she had seen was a poor little black chimney-sweep, crying and sobbing, and going to get up the chimney again.

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  • But, brave little chimney-sweep as he was, he dared not climb down such chimneys as those.

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  • Once upon a time there was a little chimney-sweep, and his name was Tom.

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