One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A shelf above a fireplace.
ledge, bracket, sill, rackView synonyms
- ‘There was a soiled and tawdry mirror above a massive metal and marble clock supported by a lion couchant on the mantelshelf.’
- ‘In the center of the mantelshelf is an unsigned French bronze doré and enamel clock of about 1820.’
- ‘Of the walls, one was occupied by the window, the other by a draped mantelshelf bristling with Cupids.’
- ‘In the center of the mantelshelf is a gilt-bronze clock featuring a figure of George Washington based on Washington at the Battle of Trenton, painted in 1792 by John Trumbull.’
- ‘In the kitchen the original tins stand on the mantelshelf, an Edwardian overhead drying rack is operated by a pulley, and her father's old Gulbransen radio is on the table.’
- 1.1Climbing A projecting ledge of rock.
- 1.2Climbing A move for climbing on to a projecting ledge of rock from below by pressing down on it with the hands to raise the upper body, enabling a foot or knee to reach the ledge.as modifier ‘the mantelshelf technique’
- ‘Move left and up (poor peg runners) and make a difficult mantleshelf into the pink groove above (good wire low on right).’
Perform a mantelshelf move.‘she mantelshelfed on a hold as big as a dinner plate’
- ‘I sweated and struggled and faffed with the gear explosion that dangled from every gear loop I had until I finally mantleshelfed into a small crawlway eight metres or so above Hils.’
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