Examples from the Web for clothes-line
And he'll clear marm's clothes-line at a leap as easy as you'd jump over a pair of bars.Miss Elliot's Girls|Mrs Mary Spring Corning
Ezekiel Mason from the bottom of the buggy produced a long and stout piece of clothes-line.A Cousin's Conspiracy|Horatio Alger
An Irishman sitting angling on the brink with an alder pole and a clothes-line.
With that clothes-line Andrei Przenikowski and his wife hanged themselves, from one of the rafters in the cow-shed.The Prairie Wife|Arthur Stringer
The family wash, clammy and gray, hangs on a clothes-line stretched across the room.Children of the Tenements|Jacob A. Riis
British Dictionary definitions for clothes-line
Word Origin and History for clothes-line
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.