One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The area around a hearth or fireplace; fireside.
- ‘There is an old saying: ‘There is no hearthside like your own hearthside.’’
- ‘It sits in piles by the side of the road, stacked in sods for drying before it is carted off in sacks to hearthsides and fuel sheds all over the region.’
- ‘She arranged herself meticulously between the hearthside and the only window in the chamber.’
- ‘The patrons kept their distance from the hearthside, leaving a deserted space around the fireplace and us.’
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