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clothesline

[klohz-lahyn, klohth z-] /ˈkloʊzˌlaɪn, ˈkloʊðz-/
noun
1.
a strong, narrow rope, cord, wire, etc., usually stretched between two poles, posts, or buildings, on which clean laundry is hung to dry.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; clothes + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for clothes-line

clothesline

/ˈkləʊðzˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a piece of rope, cord, or wire on which clean washing is hung to dry or air
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Word Origin and History for clothes-line
n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for clothes-line

clothesline

noun

A very flat, fast line drive; frozen rope, rope (1930s+ Baseball)

verb

To block or tackle by holding out one's arm in the path of a running player: He clotheslined him (1960s+ Football)


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