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clothesline

[ klohz-lahyn, klohth z- ]
/ ˈkloʊzˌlaɪn, ˈkloʊðz- /
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noun

a strong, narrow rope, cord, wire, etc., usually stretched between two poles, posts, or buildings, on which clean laundry is hung to dry.

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Nearby words

clothes-peg, clothes-pin, clothes-press, clothesbasket, clotheshorse, clothesline, clothespin, clothespress, clothier, clothilde, clothing

Origin of clothesline

First recorded in 1820–30; clothes + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for clothes-line

clothesline

/ (ˈkləʊðzˌlaɪn) /

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

clothes-line


n.

also 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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