below stairs


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below stairs

adv
1. (formerly) at or in the basement of a large house, considered as the place where the servants live and work
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I shall remember it,' he had no excuse for dwelling on the subject any further, and so took a friendly leave with many expressions of good-will and many compliments to his friend on his looking so remarkably well; and went below stairs to report progress to Mr Brass.
the fashion being of course set by the upper), was generally the cause of these disputes; for cards and dice were as openly used, and worked as much mischief, and yielded as much excitement below stairs, as above.
In fact, there was no one to see but the servants, and when their master was away they lived a luxurious life below stairs, where there was a huge kitchen hung about with shining brass and pewter, and a large servants' hall where there were four or five abundant meals eaten every day, and where a great deal of lively romping went on when Mrs.
Tulliver sent for her sisters, and there was much wailing and lifting up of hands below stairs.
He had put them in possession of Bly, which was healthy and secure, and had placed at the head of their little establishment-- but below stairs only--an excellent woman, Mrs.
Archer and Janey trailed their long silk draperies up to the drawing-room, where, while the gentlemen smoked below stairs, they sat beside a Carcel lamp with an engraved globe, facing each other across a rosewood work-table with a green silk bag under it, and stitched at the two ends of a tapestry band of field-flowers destined to adorn an "occasional" chair in the drawing- room of young Mrs.
In the meantime, a horrible noise was heard below stairs, some crying, ``Secure the treacherous monks
The minutes followed each other, and still the servant below stairs waited vainly for the parlor bell.
The gentlemen below stairs left the dinner-table, and joined them.
Historical mystery readers will find Death Below Stairs a compelling story as they follow her pursuit of the truth to its surprising conclusion.
Meanwhile, below stairs, maid Nancy Skerrett (Nell Hudson, above right) received notice of a windfall from a dead uncle in America that could have set her and her pastry chef beau Charles Francatelli (Ferdinand Kingsley) up for life.
Meanwhile, below stairs, most of the talk is about the prospect of a royal baby, while Skerett discovers her only hope of saving her cousin and small child from imminent death lies with the person