According to this wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chifforobe,

    "Chiffarobe" appears frequently in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.[7] 
For instance, Tom Robinson "busts up a chiffarobe" for Mayella Ewell

What is the the meaning of this phrase?

  • You already have the definition of chifforobe. Better dictionaries will also tell you the definition of bust up. If those dictionary entries don't answer your question sufficiently, you need to explain why. – Marthaª Aug 18 '14 at 14:58
  • As someone who is not familiar with the time and the cultural context set in the book 'To Kill a Mockingbird', I do not know why there is a need to 'busts up a chiffarobe'. I will update my question accordingly. – Anthony Kong Aug 18 '14 at 15:09

A chiffarobe, as you see on the Wikipedia page, is a large piece of wooden furniture. In the story, Mayella asks Tom to bust to up, i.e. chop it to pieces, so that she will get firewood.

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