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darning egg

a smooth, egg-shaped piece of wood, ivory, marble, jade, or the like, for holding under a hole or tear to serve as a backing while darning.
Origin of darning egg
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Miss Hill drew a stocking from the heap and ran her darning-egg into the heel to locate a hole.

British Dictionary definitions for darning-egg

darning egg

a rounded piece of wood or plastic used in darning to support the fabric around the hole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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