In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- The blacking warehouse was the last house on the left-hand side of the way, at old Hungerford-stairs.
- Until the 1939-45 war, Allcocks coated their reels with some sort of blacking that looked wonderfully used, even when it was new.
- I never even got to go to school, instead spending my childhood working first in a blacking factory and later as an attendant on the Vomitron ride at Luna Park.
- A close examination of the ‘kit’ reveals several shoemakers' hammers, peg rasps, a blacking brush, a grooving knife, a shoe last, an awl, and an expandable boot form.
- Within two years, Charles was sent to work at a blacking factory in the Strand.
- A blacking warehouse was an establishment manufacturing, packaging and distributing blacking, for cleaning boots and shoes.
- He became deeply unhappy when his father was imprisoned for debt and he worked for a time in a blacking warehouse.
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