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Mantel-piece (A)

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A shelf over a fire-place, originally used for drying clothes.

“Around the spacious cupola, over the Italian fire-places, is a ledge to which are affixed pegs, on which postillions hung their wet clothes to dry. We call the shelves over the fire-places ‘mantel-pieces,ʹ but we no longer hang our mantles on them to dry.”—Memoirs of Col. Macaroni.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Manningtree (Essex)
Manoa
Manon Lescaut
Manor, Demesne
Mansard Roof
Mansfield
Mansion
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Mantalini (Madame)
Mantel-piece (A)
Mantible (Bridge of)
Mantiger
Mantle of Fidelity (The)
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Mantuan Swain, Swan, or Bard (The)
Manucodiata (The)
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