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cotton waste

noun
  1. refuse cotton yarn, esp when used as a cleaning material
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Historical Examples of cotton waste

  • I might as well put a firebrand into the midst of the cotton-waste.'

    North and South

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • It is true that some years ago most of the complaints were genuine in referring the cause to cotton-waste.

  • The engineer perched himself on the cabin skylight, and began mechanically to rub the brass rails with his cotton-waste.

    Captain Calamity

    Rolf Bennett

  • Perhaps a naked light is left burning somewhere or other, or a portion of cotton-waste is smouldering away unobserved.

  • I threw the cotton-waste into the fo'c'sle, made an onslaught on my hands, and then mounted the companion ladder.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers