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steamer trunk

n.
A small trunk originally designed to fit under the bunk of a steamship cabin.
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steam′er trunk`


n.
a rectangular traveling trunk low enough to slide under a bunk on a ship.
[1890–95]
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In the great age of travel and steamer trunks, wealthy female passengers made no concession to the fact they were all at sea.
She has taken with her 15 steamer trunks, ten fur coats, 38 large feather pieces, 99 pairs of gloves, a medicine chest and her personal pillows and sheets.
He's chucked out the chintz and installed old steamer trunks and cane chairs from the golden age of colonial travel.
Some original 1912 gas light fittings remain, and the corridors are very wide to fit the big steamer trunks that were once de rigueur for sea voyagers.
Imagine the opportunity for travel when, a mere taxi-ride away laden with steamer trunks, anybody with the fare could board ocean liners at Liverpool's Princes Landing Stage, adjacent to the Pier Head.
There are domestic scenes that evoke Vermeer, where one sees the details of the girls' lives in their personal mementos, the steamer trunks, the bedclothes and the laundry.
HER ROUND-THE-WORLD TOUR was the best example of her maxim that "Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything." Told that no woman could possibly duplicate Phileas Fogg's fictional feat in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, Bly set out to do just that--without a chaperone and unencumbered by steamer trunks. She packed only two dresses in a gripsack she could carry by herself (and no umbrella) when she left New York in November 1889 for such points east as London, Suez and Port Said (where travelers routinely beat the begging natives with canes, parasols and poles, she reported with fierce disapproval).
Fur coats, paintings, steamer trunks, straw hats, stage lights and even a gargoyle left on a table in one of the offices were on the block at the theater's going-out-of-business sale.
Choreographer Skinner does a beautiful staircase tap routine on a pile of suitcases and steamer trunks and dances gracefully to a lushly romantic "Dancing in the Dark."
"Hunt through junk shops and salvage yards for old furniture, floorboards, wooden crates and pallets, all of which can be stripped and varnished or painted." She also suggests large, comfy sofas, perhaps smartened up with white or blue cotton throws, steamer trunks or wicker laundry hampers for storage for bedding or toys.
Abrasive, possibly alcoholic and accompanied by steamer trunks of baggage, she spends the day roaming the streets of Los Angeles with our desperado, gradually learning they have more in common than they thought.
The show is spare: a few steamer trunks, cloth sheets, some wooden beams and rope are all the scenery on hand, and the actors play multiple roles as well as instruments such as drums, violins and mandolins.