Meaning of “chimney breast” in the English Dictionary

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"chimney breast" in English

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chimney breastnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃɪm.ni ˌbrest/ us /ˈtʃɪm.ni ˌbrest/

Examples from literature

  • 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. 

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

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