chimney breastnoun [ C ]uk /ˈtʃɪm.ni ˌbrest/ us /ˈtʃɪm.ni ˌbrest/
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- Fireplaces generally require more depth than can be provided in the thickness of the wall, and therefore necessitate a projection to contain the fireplace and flues, called the "chimney breast."
- Hanging his hat upon the candle hook on one side of the chimney breast and his cloak on the other, he stood revealed a well-dressed officer, in the uniform of a Continental colonel.
- Janice pulled one of the chairs nearer to the chimney breast, and then returned to the quilting-frame, at which she had been working when the interruption came.
- The interior of a chimney breast behind the stove should always be filled in solid with concrete or brickwork.
- The recessed spaces on each side of the chimney breast hold small semi-circular tables of marquetry, with a pair of long Adam mirrors hanging above them.