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house +‎ top



housetop (plural housetops)

  1. The roof of a house.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Matthew 10:26–27:
      26 Feare them not therefore: for there is nothing couered, that shall not be reueiled; and hidde, that shall not be knowen.
      27 What I tell you in darkenesse, that speake yee in light: and what yee heare in the eare, that preach yee vpon the house tops.
    • c. 1860: Benjamin R. Hamby, Up on the Housetop
      Up on the housetop, reindeer pause. / Out jumps good old Santa Claus.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 41:
      Not only did the distance to the The Pure Drop, the fully-licensed tavern at the further part of the dispersed village, render its accommodation practically unavailable for dwellers at this end; but the far more serious question, the quality of the liquor, confirmed the prevalent opinion that it was better to drink with Rolliver in a corner of the housetop than with the other landlord in a wide house.

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