One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An instrument for pressing down the tobacco in a pipe.
- ‘There was an attempt, some months since, headed, I believe, by that self-educated young jackanapes, Squrrel, to prevail on the landlord to change the appellation of ‘parlour’ into ‘coffee-room;’ to substitute horsehair-covered benches for the Windsor chairs; to take the sand off the floor, and the tobacco-stoppers off the table.’
- ‘‘He is an excellent old gentleman, I must own,’ replied M'Intyre, ‘and I am enraged at myself when I chance to offend him; but then his eternal harangues upon topics not worth the spark of a flint - his investigations about invalided pots and pans and tobacco-stoppers past service - all these things put me out of patience.’’
- ‘In the tobacco-stopper alone was anything like taste or fancy displayed.’
- ‘So they passed the long weeks making ` scrimshaw ’, manufacturing seals, toothpicks, tobacco-stoppers, and other ornaments out of laboriously-carved bones; the sailors, being more experienced, showing the less-experienced passengers how it was done.’
- ‘Their only employment was quarrelling among each other, playing at cribbage, and cutting tobacco-stoppers.’
- ‘On the maternal side I inherit the loveliest silver-mounted tobacco-stopper you ever saw.’
- ‘These were agreeably interspersed among small specimens of china and glass, various neat trifles made by the proprietor of the museum, and some tobacco-stoppers carved by the Aged [Wemmick's father].’
- ‘He presented his friend the Spectator, the silent gentleman, with a tobacco-stopper made by Will Wimble, telling him that Will had been busy all the early part of the winter in turning great quantities of them, and had made a present of one to every gentleman in the county who had good principles and smoked.’
- ‘‘Now the seal,’ said Professor Gregg, and he handed me the black stone, a thing about two inches long, and something like an old-fashioned tobacco-stopper, much enlarged.’
- ‘Not one pipe, not a single tobacco-stopper, was to be seen in the streets or found in the houses, and the whole population of Mecca prostrated themselves at least five times a day in solemn adoration.’
- ‘With this remark, which he uttered in a low voice as though he were discussing some grave question with himself, he used the little finger - if any of his fingers can be said to have come under that denomination - of his right hand as a tobacco-stopper, and was silent again.’
- ‘All things, from tiger skins to birds’ nests, from Bedouin weapons to ostrich eggs, from a lion's mighty coat to a tobacco-stopper chipped out of a morsel of deal, were piled together, pell-mell, or hung against the whitewashed walls, or suspended by cords from bed to bed.’
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