EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN Origin of rope yarn
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1615–25 noun 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. verb (used without object) . Informal to spin a yarn; tell stories. Origin of yarn before 1000; Middle English; Old English gearn;
Old Norse gǫrn
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Examples from the Web for rope yarn Historical Examples of rope yarn
The Kensington was dismasted, and had to return to refit, but we did not part a rope-yarn.
Not a man of us turns to, unless you swear not to raise a rope-yarn against us.
Hand me an oar and a boat-hook,” he exclaimed, “and some rope-yarn.
See, Tommy; I have found this key fastened with a rope-yarn round his neck.
Dick and I were at work on the bowsprit, I sitting by him, holding the rope-yarn and grease-pot.
British Dictionary definitions for rope yarn noun the natural or synthetic fibres out of which rope is made noun 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 verb (intr) to tell such a story or stories Word Origin for yarn
gearn; related to Old High German garn yarn, Old Norse görn gut, Greek khordē string, gut
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Word Origin and History for rope yarn n.
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.
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