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winding sheet

shroud (def 1).
a mass of tallow or wax that has run down and hardened on the side of a candle, sometimes considered an omen of misfortune.
Origin of winding sheet
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The tall and thin one spread the winding sheet over the bran.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The gloom of the forest fell on her, mournful like a winding sheet.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • If it wraps you all about as in a winding sheet for death, you had best have none of it.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • But I am going; my wind in lungs is turning to a winding sheet.

    The Punster's Pocket-book Charles Molloy Westmacott
  • Moss six inches thick lay like a winding sheet about the trunk.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • The lower hills were wrapped as in a winding sheet; dank and cold.

    The Shepherd of the Hills Harold Bell Wright
  • I have been trying to get him an American flag for a winding sheet.

  • A fine, white mist was drawn over the sea like a winding sheet.

    A Dreadful Temptation Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • He was as a mystery in a winding sheet, crowned with a halo.

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron

    Francis Henry Gribble
  • But the retrospects, which I cant escape, come and wrap me in the winding sheet.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
British Dictionary definitions for winding sheet

winding sheet

a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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