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[wurk-bas-kit, -bah-skit] /ˈwɜrkˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt/
a basket used to hold needlework paraphernalia.
Origin of workbasket
First recorded in 1735-45; work + basket Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Marie pulled a dark purple silk necktie from her workbasket.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • Open on her workbasket was a Spanish guide-book and a map attached to it.

  • As she said that she drew from her workbasket the three auburn-red curls.

  • Such a trunk should be kept locked, and a smaller supply, for current use, retained in a workbasket.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
  • It is very important to neatness, comfort, and success in sewing, that a lady's workbasket should be properly fitted up.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
  • Mrs. Cary, with her workbasket on her arm, paused at the top of the steps and regarded the angry pair with well-bred surprise.

    The Littlest Rebel Edward Peple
  • His mother gave him her workbasket to rummage, hoping to keep him quiet till dinner was ready, and returned to her housekeeping.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • Her workbasket was beside her, the bright knitting-needles in the unfinished sock.

  • Her workbasket was standing by her chair, piled high with mending that she had neglected for her pleasuring.

  • But she kept her nerve and her wits and looked at him and shut her mouth and put up her work in her workbasket.

    The Torch and Other Tales

    Eden Phillpotts

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