EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a strong, narrow rope, cord, wire, etc., usually stretched between two poles, posts, or buildings, on which clean laundry is hung to dry. Origin of clothesline
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Examples from the Web for clothes-line Historical Examples of clothes-line
No, I have not seen them yet—anything but their stockings on the
Then, with a
clothes-line, I tied him up carefully, hand and foot.
Then he noticed the
clothes-line, and thought he might do something with that.
The cross had been taken down when a prop was wanted for the
I brung him home, and your mam she passed out the
clothes-line, and I tied him up. British Dictionary definitions for clothes-line noun a piece of rope, cord, or wire on which clean washing is hung to dry or air
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Word Origin and History for clothes-line n.
clothesline, 1830, from clothes + line (n.). As a kind of high tackle in U.S. football (the effect is similar to running into a taut clothesline) attested by 1970; as a verb in this sense by 1959.
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