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Definition small items of interest or sentimental value that could not be sold for much money
  • 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
  • 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
  • We do not go in for cheap bric-a-brac.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Out went the ornate bric-a-brac, the austere furniture carved with the family crest.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Yes: I think he is a good fellow: rather miscellaneous and bric-a-brac, but likable.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • 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
  • Eighty-seven years to fill them, and full of brick and brack, a bric-a-brac, and she wants to break the law ....
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • You produce on me no effect with your gesture of Hippocrates refusing Artaxerxes' bric-a-brac.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • 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
  • And so there's no necessity for broken bric-a-brac.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Some pictures, several rugs, a few small pieces of bric-a-brac, and the tale of contents is told.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • 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
  • 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
  • Absolutely nothing up there now but bric-a-brac.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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