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Babbling brook

(Austral, slang) a cook
Contemporary Examples

There was no babbling brook in the background—just the sound of New York traffic.
Wedding Bells at N.Y. City Hall Jessica Bennett July 24, 2011

Historical Examples

Skip across this little temporary bridge over this babbling brook and now—climb!
The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker

Is the stream going steadily on, or is it rather like a babbling brook, making a pleasant murmur but with little power?
Papers and Proceedings of the Thirty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Library Association Held at Ottawa, Canada June 26-July 2, 1912 Various

Always she kept to the depth of the little ravine, through which ran a tiny, babbling brook.
Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond

“It’ll be like having a picnic beside a babbling brook,” assented Mary.
The Little Colonel in Arizona Annie Fellows Johnston

My early life ran quiet beside a babbling brook, and there I sat and fished trout and fried them over an outdoor fire.
The Camp Fire Girls at Onoway House Hildegard G. Frey

Processions might come, and processions might go, but like the babbling brook, she could and would “go on for ever.”
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 20, 1893 Various

Grand free open-air lunch under the spreading sycamores and by the babbling brook.
The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White

A man speaking of himself in general, is “a babbling brook;” of his wrongs, “a shining river.”
The Cloister and the Hearth Charles Reade

At our feet, a few yards from the mound, ran a babbling brook, which divided our farm from the next.
Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood George MacDonald


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