Meaning of “chimney sweep” in the English Dictionary

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"chimney sweep" in British English

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chimney sweepnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃɪm.ni ˌswiːp/ us /ˈtʃɪm.ni ˌswiːp/ informal sweep

Examples from literature

  • Chimney sweeps also had warty skin cancer from their bodies being habitually covered with soot and the lethal cancer of the scrotum. 
  • I opened one of Mr. Dickens's stories the other day and it was actually about a chimney sweep—a common chimney sweep from a workhouse! 
  • Up—up I went, for some time using my hands and knees, after the fashion of a chimney sweep. 
  • You are as grimy as chimney sweeps. 

(Definition of “chimney sweep” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)