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lisle thread

a fine, high-twisted and hard-twisted cotton thread, at least two-ply, used for hosiery, gloves, etc.
Also called lisle.
Origin of lisle thread
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For golf club evening functions, black silk or lisle thread stockings and pumps and black knickers would be appropriate dress.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • Her ankles were covered with lisle thread hose, not homespun cotton, like she wore when Wade first saw her.

    The Nightrider's Feud Walter C. McConnell
  • If there is a student here who cannot afford white gloves—even of lisle thread, I shall be glad to provide a pair.

    Earliest Years at Vassar Frances A. Wood
  • If she tried to mend it herself she would only make a mess of it—besides she hadn't any lisle thread or needles.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie

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