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white work

or whitework

needlework done in white on fine white cloth, especially linen.
Origin of white work
First recorded in 1860-65; white + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In white work the stitches should be fine, showing as little as possible.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Without exception it is the most elaborate form of white work.

  • In writing of Jack Yeats mention must be made of his black and white work, which at its best has a primitive intensity.

    Imaginations and Reveries (A.E.) George William Russell
  • Lamp black and Chinese white work well together and reproduce excellently.

    A Handbook of Illustration A. Horsley Hinton
  • The sewing done on wool, silk, and dresses of all kinds differs from that on underwear and white work.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • In England alone, the peasantry do no white work for home use, and we must suppose it has never been a domestic occupation.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • The needlework at which women are wont to labour is nine times out of ten white work or brightly-coloured work.

    Marjorie Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • We are given delightful black and white work, though most of the full-page pictures are in color.

  • They play, sing, do all sorts of “white work” for Russian and French purchasers, and are well up in modern photography.

    Russian Life To-day Right Rev. Herbert Bury
  • Mr. Wain believes there is a great future for black and white work if a man is careful to keep abreast of the times.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow

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