- See under yarn(def 3).
Origin of rope yarn
- thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.
- a continuous strand or thread made from glass, metal, plastic, etc.
- the thread, in the form of a loosely twisted aggregate of fibers, as of hemp, of which rope is made (rope yarn).
- a tale, especially a long story of adventure or incredible happenings: He spun a yarn that outdid any I had ever heard.
- Informal. to spin a yarn; tell stories.
Origin of yarn
Examples from the Web for rope yarn
The Kensington was dismasted, and had to return to refit, but we did not part a rope-yarn.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Not a man of us turns to, unless you swear not to raise a rope-yarn against us.Moby Dick; or The Whale
Hand me an oar and a boat-hook,” he exclaimed, “and some rope-yarn.Marmaduke Merry
William H. G. Kingston
See, Tommy; I have found this key fastened with a rope-yarn round his neck.Sunshine Bill
W H G Kingston
Dick and I were at work on the bowsprit, I sitting by him, holding the rope-yarn and grease-pot.Charley Laurel
W. H. G. Kingston
- the natural or synthetic fibres out of which rope is made
- a continuous twisted strand of natural or synthetic fibres, used in weaving, knitting, etc
- informal a long and often involved story or account, usually telling of incredible or fantastic events
- spin a yarn informal
- to tell such a story
- to make up or relate a series of excuses
- (intr) to tell such a story or stories
Word Origin and History for rope yarn
Old English gearn "spun fiber," from Proto-Germanic *garnan (cf. Old Norse, Old High German, German garn, Middle Dutch gaern, Dutch garen "yarn"), from PIE root *ghere- "intestine, gut, entrail" (cf. Old Norse gorn "gut," Sanskrit hira "vein; entrails," Latin hernia "rupture," Greek khorde "intestine, gut-string," Lithuanian zarna "gut"). The phrase to spin a yarn "to tell a story" is first attested 1812, from a sailors' expression, on notion of telling stories while engaged in sedentary work such as yarn-twisting.
Idioms and Phrases with rope yarn
see spin a yarn.