chimney sweep


Definition of chimney sweep 

: a person whose occupation is cleaning soot from chimney flues

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Eleven-year-old Nan works with a gang of other kids her age, and younger, as a chimney sweep for a money-grubbing sadist named Wilkie Crudd. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Pachyderm Parties and a Hue That’ll Make You Cry," 20 Sep. 2018 Get an annual fireplace inspection and chimney sweep. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "What You Need To Do To Your Home Before Winter Starts," 19 Sep. 2018 Who wouldn't want Mary Poppins and chimney sweep Bert at their party? Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "POLL: How Much Do You Really Love Halloween?," 18 Sep. 2018 Even boutique bar soap ain’t cheap: Saturdays NYC Moisturizing Bar Soap, made by a men's wear label, is $20 and Binu Binu Shaman Black Charcoal Soap is $18 (yes, charcoal — that which used to smudge chimney sweeps). Tyler Watamanuk, New York Times, "When Did Soap, Once Simple, Get So Complicated?," 11 July 2018 In 2015, three men dressed as chimney sweeps climbed to the top of the Czech presidential palace and replaced the flag with a giant pair of red underwear. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "The Czech president called a news conference to burn a giant pair of red underwear," 15 June 2018 If the home has a chimney, a professional chimney sweep should clean and inspect it every couple of years. Cheryl P. Rose, Houston Chronicle, "Maintain your home year round to protect your investment," 23 Apr. 2018 The fireplace: Have a professional chimney sweep inspect and clean the fireplace and chimney annually –maintenance is crucial to prevent creosote buildups and potential fires. Don Sorrell,, "Dried-out trees are a major safety hazard," 17 Dec. 2017 Officials said a missing brick in the chimney — a defect that could have been detected by a qualified chimney sweep — likely allowed the fire to extend into the walls and up into the attic. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Early morning fire displaces one person in Prince George’s," 10 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of chimney sweep

1727, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chimney sweep

: a person who cleans the insides of chimneys

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Kids Definition of chimney sweep

: a person who cleans soot from chimneys

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