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a broom, especially one of brush or twigs.
broom (def 2).
Historical Examples

Through the Mackenzie Basin Charles Mair
The Manxman Hall Caine
Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
The Christian Hall Caine
Wulnoth the Wanderer Herbert Escott-Inman
Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy Friedrich Schiller
The Confessions of a Collector William Carew Hazlitt
The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, Volume I (of 2) Richard Crashaw
Bible Emblems Edward E. Seelye

a broom, esp one made of a bundle of twigs tied to a handle
(curling) a broom or brush used to sweep the ice in front of the stone to make it slide farther
verb (transitive)
to sweep with a besom
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a derogatory term for a woman


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