Informal. a person whose chief interest and pleasure is dressing fashionably.
a frame on which to hang wet laundry for drying.
Origin of clotheshorse
First recorded in 1765–75; clothes
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Examples from the Web for clothes-horse
Historical Examples of clothes-horse
She washed and rinsed the garments, and, opening a clothes-horse, spread them out to dry.
I was so proud I had cold chills, and I walked like a clothes-horse on castors.
No, no, said Tootles hastily; Flick is only a clothes-horse for the time being.
A Horse so good at washing clothes, A clothes-horse might be called, I s'pose.
Briggs—Well, then, get me a clothes-horse and a couple of sheets.
British Dictionary definitions for clothes-horse
a frame on which to hang laundry for drying or airing
informal a dandy
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Word Origin and History for clothes-horse
also clothes horse, "upright wooden frame for hanging clothes to dry," 1788, from clothes + horse (n.). Figurative sense of "person whose sole function seems to be to show off clothes" is 1850.
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