chimney sweep


Definition of chimney sweep

: a person whose occupation is cleaning soot from chimney flues

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Researchers knew that the mechanism that carried the seeds so effortlessly was its delicate crown of ivory fibers, which sort of resemble a chimney sweep’s broom. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions," 13 July 2019 According to Rania Sarras, owner of The Chimney Chap in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a certified chimney sweep should inspect and clean your chimney and fireplace on an annual basis. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "So You Want To Fix Your Chimney," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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