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feather duster

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noun
  1. a brush for dusting, made of a bundle of large feathers attached to a short handle.

Origin of feather duster

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for feather duster

Historical Examples

  • A feather-duster seemed a more fitting weapon than a shotgun.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The feather-duster person was addicted to French-heeled, beaded slippers.

  • But you haven't caught me with that feather-duster thing any more than you caught that fish with it.

  • He soon learned that the feather-duster factory could be run at a profit only by the most microscopic care.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Plucking the feather-duster, I tied two White Millers with shoe-thread upon cod-hooks.

    The Joyful Heart

    Robert Haven Schauffler