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[klohz-lahyn, klohth z-] /ˈkloʊzˌlaɪn, ˈkloʊðz-/
a strong, narrow rope, cord, wire, etc., usually stretched between two poles, posts, or buildings, on which clean laundry is hung to dry.
Origin of clothesline
1820-30; clothes + line1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clothesline
  • My empty stocking dangled above the space heater from a clothesline shimmering with silver icicles.
  • Better yet, abandon your dryer and buy some drying racks, if you don't have a clothesline.
  • If there is no clothesline project in your area, start one.
  • To vary the sequencing activity, tie a length of clothesline between two chairs.
  • Use a clothesline to reduce the energy consumed by your clothes dryer.
  • Use non-stretching white plastic coated wire-core clothesline.
  • To speed drying time, dry items on a clothesline using wooden or non-abrasive plastic clothespins.
  • Don't use the heat drying option on your dishwasher, and consider using a clothesline instead of the dryer.
  • Alternatively, photographs can be hung to dry on a clothesline.
  • Avoid the cost of running your clothes dryer by drying your clothes on a clothesline when weather permits or use a drying rack.
British Dictionary definitions for clothesline


a piece of rope, cord, or wire on which clean washing is hung to dry or air
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Slang definitions & phrases for clothesline



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


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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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