from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A brush for sweeping crumbs off the table.


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  • The crumb-brush is not used until the preparation for bringing in the dessert; then all the glasses are removed, except the flowers, the water-tumblers, and the glass of wine which the guest wishes to retain with his dessert.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) The Whole Comprising a Comprehensive Cyclopedia of Information for the Home

  • Sister and her crumb-brush sweep away his nice little bread-crumb fences, while he planned to build a real fence if Ralph's present should turn out to be the long-coveted tool-chest.

    Brother and Sister

  • Pinckney was talking of the States; he might just as well have been talking about Timbuctoo for all the impression he made on her with her unfortunate head filled with cracked dishes, chickens 'black legs, Byrne's awkwardness and the suddenly remembered crumb-brush.

    The Ghost Girl

  • Neither could he tell the extent of the paralyses produced in that same mind of hers by the cracked china, the old dish cover, Byrne's awkwardness, and the deboshed crumb-brush.

    The Ghost Girl

  • If she chooses she can make you seem so insignificant that you feel you might be swept away with the crumb-brush.

    The Admirable Crichton

  • LADY MARY is an artist with the crumb-brush, and there are few arts more delightful to watch.

    The Admirable Crichton

  • The sheep feasted on it, using their mobile and extensible upper lips like a crumb-brush to gather it into their mouths.

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • Brush off crumbs, with a crumb-brush, into a small waiter.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy For the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School

  • a crumb-brush was sweeping the rest of the money off the table and catching it upon the coffee-salver.

    Lady Good-for-Nothing


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