chimney sweep

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chimney sweep

n.
A worker employed to clean soot from chimneys. Also called chimney sweeper.

chimney sweep

or

chimney sweeper

n
a person whose job is the cleaning out of soot from chimneys

chim′ney sweep`

(or sweep`er),


n.
a person whose work it is to clean the soot from the insides of chimneys.
[1605–15]
Translations
kominík
nokikolarinuohooja
dimnjačar
kéményseprő
sótari
sotare

chimney sweep

nspazzacamino
References in classic literature ?
I am Envy, begotten of a chimney-sweeper and an oyster-wife.
My aunt further expressed her opinion, 'that if our military friend would cut off those butterflies, and give 'em to the chimney-sweepers for May-day, it would look like the beginning of something sensible on her part.
200 YEARS AGO: Hooper, the noted prize-fighter, better known by the name of Tinman, died on Saturday in St Giles's workhouse, to which place he was conveyed the preceding evening by a chimney-sweeper, who found him dying in the street.
Philosophical and ironic comments appear in the paintings of Miklos Erdely (-1, 1984), in Andras Borocz's ceramic object, Prisoner Chimney-sweeper, 1985, and in Gabor Rosko's picture, Hard Protestant Life, 1987.
200 YEARS AGO: On Monday a boy, apprentice to a chimney-sweeper in this town, was found dead in the road near Sutton Coldfield.
Fear no more the heat o' the sun, Nor the furious winter's rages; Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages: Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
Those who loved them best would have glowed with pride at passing-out parades, nobody even thinking that "Golden lads and lassies must/Like chimney-sweepers come to dust".
entitled "Use and Abuse of Stories in Reasoning, with a Word in Behalf of Chimney-Sweepers and in Reproof of the Earl of Lauderdale," the author takes an adversarial stance and lays blame where he believes it belongs--with politicians:
It is a daring question, but I will venture to ask: Is it known that any nation or people under the sun, though living in a state of uncultivated nature, that their children, in so young a stage of life, are of such eminent service to them, as chimney-sweepers boys are to us?
It may be a little, but ought not to be much more expensive than that by Climbing Boys; for the chief profit of the Master Chimney-Sweepers is the soot, which the Brick layers would receive and dispose of at some Cinder-yard.
Lushington in Support of the Bill for the Better Regulation of Chimney-Sweepers and their Apprentices, and for Preventing the Employment of Boys in Climbing Chimnies, Before the Committee of the House of Lords, on Monday, the 10th April, 1818.
And water'd heaven with their tears" is a line in iambic meter, as are "Within his bending sickle's compass come" "My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground" "Golden lads and girls all must,/ As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.