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feather duster

a brush for dusting, made of a bundle of large feathers attached to a short handle.
Origin of feather duster
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But you haven't caught me with that feather-duster thing any more than you caught that fish with it.

  • A feather-duster seemed a more fitting weapon than a shotgun.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Her fingers were busy with the feather-duster on her knee and her eyes were still waiting.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
  • The feather-duster person was addicted to French-heeled, beaded slippers.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • He soon learned that the feather-duster factory could be run at a profit only by the most microscopic care.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Plucking the feather-duster, I tied two White Millers with shoe-thread upon cod-hooks.

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler
  • This chamber was not one of those which are harassed by the feather-duster, the pope's head brush, and the broom.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • If it takes all the honor out of a man when he gets to be an angel, they may use my wings for a feather-duster.

    Men, Women, and Gods Helen H. Gardener

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