chimney sweep


Definition of chimney sweep 

: a person whose occupation is cleaning soot from chimney flues

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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 According to this narrative, everyone from the wealthiest merchants to the poorest chimney sweeps jumped into the tulip fray, buying bulbs at high prices and selling them for even more. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever," 18 Sep. 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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