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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Marie pulled a dark purple silk necktie from her workbasket.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • Mollie was writing a letter at the little round table where the workbasket stood.

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • Open on her workbasket was a Spanish guide-book and a map attached to it.

  • The schedule was thrown aside, the workbasket taken, and Mrs. James followed him.

    The Angel Over the Right Shoulder Elizabeth Wooster Stuart Phelps
  • As she said that she drew from her workbasket the three auburn-red curls.

  • Her workbasket crowded Drew's tobacco-jar deliberately from the table to the top of the bookcase.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • 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
  • "I have a letter somewhere," looking in the machine drawer and finding the letter in the bottom of the workbasket.

  • 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

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