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[draw-string] /ˈdrɔˌstrɪŋ/
a string or cord that tightens or closes an opening, as of a bag, clothing, or the like, when one or both ends are pulled.
Also, draw string.
Origin of drawstring
1825-35; draw + string Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for drawstring
  • He was wearing the type of hospital scrubs with the drawstring tie fly and nothing under them.
  • The full-length, over-the-cuff gauntlet seals out snow with a one-handed, super-cinch drawstring closure.
  • Even the hair dryer was displayed on a shelf in a decorative and pretty drawstring bag.
  • The top has spaghetti straps, an adjustable drawstring waist, and a built-in bra.
  • If this conjures up an image of diamonds tastefully stashed in a velvet drawstring bag, think again.
  • The sweatshirts have a drawstring sewn at the base of the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
  • The cotton hoodie has a waist drawstring that could pose an entrapment hazard to children.
  • Playground slides and other play sets figure prominently in drawstring-related incidents.
  • It includes a drawstring mesh bag so that the folded up carrier can be carried and stored.
  • Attach hood to collar by placing drawstring between flanges on collar.
British Dictionary definitions for drawstring


  1. a cord, ribbon, etc, run through a hem around an opening, as on the bottom of a sleeve or at the mouth of a bag, so that when it is pulled tighter, the opening closes
  2. (as modifier): a drawstring neckline
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