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clotheshorse

[klohz-hawrs, klohth z-] /ˈkloʊzˌhɔrs, ˈkloʊðz-/
noun
1.
Informal. a person whose chief interest and pleasure is dressing fashionably.
2.
a frame on which to hang wet laundry for drying.
Origin of clotheshorse
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; clothes + horse
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Examples from the Web for clothes-horse
Historical Examples
  • She washed and rinsed the garments, and, opening a clothes-horse, spread them out to dry.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • I was so proud I had cold chills, and I walked like a clothes-horse on castors.

    The Confessions of a Daddy Ellis Parker Butler
  • No, no, said Tootles hastily; Flick is only a clothes-horse for the time being.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
  • A Horse so good at washing clothes, A clothes-horse might be called, I s'pose.

    Curious Creatures Anonymous
  • Briggs—Well, then, get me a clothes-horse and a couple of sheets.

  • Hostess (to Poor Relative)—Maria, you get the clothes-horse.

  • Other toys which can be made in a similar manner are a camp-stool, a clothes-horse, a screen.

    Toy-Making in School and Home

    Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • I am very well as I am, she continued, wringing out a towel and spreading it out on the clothes-horse to dry.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • The eldest of the party instantly seized the lady’s cloak, that hung upon a clothes-horse, exclaiming: ‘Ah!

    A Group of Noble Dames Thomas Hardy
  • Howsomever, she wore the styles of sweet sixteen, and whenever a man come around she frisked like a clothes-horse.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for clothes-horse

clotheshorse

/ˈkləʊðzˌhɔːs/
noun
1.
a frame on which to hang laundry for drying or airing
2.
(informal) a dandy
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Word Origin and History for clothes-horse
n.

also clothes horse, "upright wooden frame for hanging clothes to dry," 1788, from clothes + horse (n.). Figurative sense of "person whose sole function seems to be to show off clothes" is 1850.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clothes-horse

clotheshorse

noun

A fashionably dressed person; a person who wears clothes becomingly and perhaps does nothing else (1850+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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