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clothes prop

noun
  1. a long wooden pole with a forked end, used to raise a line of washing to enable it to catch the breeze
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Examples from the Web for clothes prop

Historical Examples

  • The lance-pole of this knight was a clothes-prop, at the end of which a pepper-box was duly fixed instead of a lance.

    Forgotten Tales of Long Ago

    E. V. Lucas

  • The rake was found, and bound with stout cord to the clothes-prop, and the process of "salving" the wrecked steamer commenced.

    Under Padlock and Seal

    Charles Harold Avery

  • Up would go the clothes-prop of Mr. Fletcher or Frederick; down would go the stranger cat.

    Once Aboard The Lugger

    Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson

  • Beneath, each armed with a clothes-prop, toiled Mr. Fletcher and Frederick under the immediate generalship of Mr. Marrapit.

    Once Aboard The Lugger

    Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson

  • Leaving his clothes-prop lancers, Mr. Marrapit hurried down the drive to hold review.

    Once Aboard The Lugger

    Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson