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bric-a-brac


The shelf was filled with bric-a-brac from her travels around the world.
  small items of interest or sentimental value that could not be sold for much money
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  • The shelf was filled with bric-a-brac from her travels around the world.
  • The wide rooms seemed too narrow for his rolling gait, and to himself he was in terror lest his broad shoulders should collide with the doorways or sweep the bric-a-brac from the low mantel.
    Jack London  --  Martin Eden
  • I remembered, then, how it had taken longer than I expected to clear the room completely: it was crammed full of her furnishings, every sort of bric-a-brac and notion and wall hanging.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Bits and pieces of equipment lay strewn all over the floor, and at the rear was a heavy wooden table covered with books, bottles, and bric-a-brac.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth

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  • Only a glance showed us that this was more than the usual hodgepodge of bric-a-brac and hollow-seated chairs.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Nothing else had changed at all, except that all the old books and bric-a-brac — the marble cockatoos, the obelisks—were covered with an additional layer of dust.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Absolutely nothing up there now but bric-a-brac.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • And so there’s no necessity for broken bric-a-brac.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • When one reads hurriedly and nervously, having in mind written tests and examinations, one’s brain becomes encumbered with a lot of choice bric-a-brac for which there seems to be little use.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Eighty-seven years to fill them, and full of brick and brack, a bric-a-brac, and she wants to break the law …. What’s happened to them?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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  • After making the bed, sweeping my room and hanging up the clothes, if and when I remembered to dust the bric-a-brac, I unfailingly held one too tightly and crunched off a leg or two, or too loosely and dropped it, to shatter it into miserable pieces.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • You produce on me no effect with your gesture of Hippocrates refusing Artaxerxes’ bric-a-brac.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In those days Aureliano lived off the sale of silverware, candlesticks, and other bric-a-brac from the house.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Some pictures, several rugs, a few small pieces of bric-a-brac, and the tale of contents is told.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Pink marble walls and white marble floors were enclosed by arched and vaulted ceilings; an assembly room had been done in the manner of the High Italian Renaissance, another was illuminated by chandeliers flashing with crystal teardrops; there was a wall of fragile French windows overlooking an Italian garden of marble bric-a-brac; the library was Provencal on the first floor, rococo on the second.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I said I had been having a general jail-delivery at Camelot and among neighboring castles, and with her permission I would like to examine her collection, her bric-a-brac—that is to say, her prisoners.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Yes: I think he is a good fellow: rather miscellaneous and bric-a-brac, but likable.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • We do not go in for cheap bric-a-brac.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He was a plump rosy man of the blond Jewish type, with smart London clothes fitting him like upholstery, and small sidelong eyes which gave him the air of appraising people as if they were bric-a-brac.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It was true that she claimed to be fond of ’antiques,’ and used to assume a rapturous and knowing air when she confessed how she loved to spend the whole day ’rummaging’ in second-hand shops, hunting for ’bric-a-brac,’ and things of the ’right date.’
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Mr. Bantling, a stout, sleek, smiling man of forty, wonderfully dressed, universally informed and incoherently amused, laughed immoderately at everything Henrietta said, gave her several cups of tea, examined in her society the bric-a-brac, of which Ralph had a considerable collection, and afterwards, when the host proposed they should go out into the square and pretend it was a fete-champetre, walked round the limited enclosure several times with her and, at a dozen turns of their…
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Out went the ornate bric-a-brac, the austere furniture carved with the family crest.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Octave held Esther Clumly’s arm to guide her through the maze of wobbly tables, umbrella stands, lamps, bric-a-brac.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • All she saw was rows of polished copper pots, huge potted plants, and more china bric-a-brac.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • But its oddities were of a different cast from those of our hero’s gilded saloons on the Boulevard Haussmann: the place was low, dusky, contracted, and crowded with curious bric-a-brac.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • In other words, the ground, with all it carries, before, between, and behind the buildings, however dressed with turf, or bedecked with flowers, shrubs or trees, fountains, statues, bric-a-brac, and objects of art, should be one in unity of design with the buildings; should set off the buildings and should be set off, in matters of light and shadow and tone, by the buildings.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Mr. Bantling, a stout, sleek, smiling man of forty, wonderfully dressed, universally informed and incoherently amused, laughed immoderately at everything Henrietta said, gave her several cups of tea, examined in her society the bric-a-brac, of which Ralph had a considerable collection, and afterwards, when the host proposed they should go out into the square and pretend it was a fete-champetre, walked round the limited enclosure several times with her and, at a dozen turns of their…
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Mrs. Poole’s house was like a museum with all of her bric-a-brac, little crystal and pewter and silver birds and figurines which my mother ordinarily would have called "dust collectors.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • Miss Eva’s presence was there in the few pieces of china bric-a-brac that Mattie had saved over the years.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • They entered the house and she set her suitcase on the thick green carpet and looked around the huge living room overcrowded with expensive mahogany furniture and china bric-a-brac.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • There was only the glitter of the china closet, the heavy old buffet, the lamps and bric-a-brac of the dead Runians.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • As soon as I could decently slip away from breakfast and my untouched plate, I went back to the telephone in the family room, with Irenka flustering around and running the vacuum and dusting the bric-a-brac all around me, and Kitsey across the room on the computer, determined not to even look at me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • This platter, which is very curious, and which had, possibly, the honor of furnishing Moliere with an idea, was still in existence in September, 1845; it was for sale by a bric-a-brac merchant in the Boulevard Beaumarchais.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Clearly, it was the Sargasso Sea of the apartment, where objects banished from the carefully decorated public rooms washed up: mismatched end tables; Asian bric-a-brac; a knockout collection of silver table bells.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • An old broken lantern which I have just seen at a bric-a-brac merchant’s suggests a reflection to my mind; it is time to enlighten the human race.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Every morning, a fresh offering of bric-a-brac from the grandfather to Cosette.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Everyone brought presents for the house, bric-a-brac, pictures, a silver spoon or two, linen pillow cases, napkins, rag rugs, small articles which they had saved from Sherman and treasured but which they now swore were of no earthly use to them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • At that moment, a ragged child who was coming down through the Rue Menilmontant, holding in his hand a branch of blossoming laburnum which he had just plucked on the heights of Belleville, caught sight of an old holster-pistol in the show-window of a bric-a-brac merchant’s shop.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Therapontigonus Miles could walk arm in arm with Vadeboncoeur the grenadier, Damasippus the second-hand dealer would be happy among bric-a-brac merchants, Vincennes could grasp Socrates in its fist as just as Agora could imprison Diderot, Grimod de la Reyniere discovered larded roast beef, as Curtillus invented roast hedgehog, we see the trapeze which figures in Plautus reappear under the vault of the Arc of l’Etoile, the sword-eater of Poecilus encountered by Apuleius is a…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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