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English citations of broom



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  1. To sweep.
    • 1855 September 29, Charles Dickens, "Model Officials", in Household Words: A Weekly Journal, Bradbury and Evens (1856), page 206,
      “[…] Sidi, I was busy in the exercise of my functions, occupied in brooming the front of the stables, when who should come but Hhamed Ould Denéï on horseback, at full gallop, as if he were going to break his neck. […]”
    • a1857, William Makepeace Thackeray, Our Street, in Christmas Books: Mrs. Perkins's Ball, Our Street, Dr. Birch, Chapman & Hall (1857), Our Street page 8,
      It was but this morning at eight, when poor Molly, was brooming the steps, and the baker paying her by no means unmerited compliments, that my landlady came whirling out of the ground-floor front, and sent the poor girl whimpering into the kitchen.
    • a1920, Opal Stanley Whiteley, The Story of Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart, Atlantic Monthly Press (1920), pages 58–59,
      After that I did take the broom from its place, and I gave the floor a good brooming. I broomed the boards up and down and cross-ways. There was not a speck of dirt on them left.
    • 1972, Charles Manby Smith, Curiosities of London Life: or Phases, Physiological and Social, of the Great Metropolis, Routledge, →ISBN, page 52,
      The broken-down tradesman, the artisan out of work, the decayed gentleman, the ruined gambler, the starving scholar,—each and all we have indubitably seen brooming the muddy ways for the chance of a halfpenny or a penny.
    • 1997, Will Hobbs, Far North, HarperCollins, →ISBN, page 100,
      We broomed the dirt floor clean with spruce branches, brought our gear inside, and moved in.
    • 2006, Cary J. Polevoy, MS Toolkit: The Patients’ & Caregivers’ Guide to Multiple Sclerosis, Lulu Press, Inc., →ISBN, page 130,
      I slept in again, got up, had breakfast and broomed the recent snowfall off the car and made a valiant effort to shovel off our teeny porch, then a 2 p.m. psychotherapist appointment.
  2. To travel by car or another fast vehicle.