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steel wool

noun
1.
a tangled or matted mass of stringlike steel shavings, used for scouring, polishing, smoothing, etc.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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Examples from the web for steel wool
  • Take fine steel wool and fill the inside of a tube at the center.
  • Wet steel wool with solvent and rub over the wood to remove varnish buildup and smooth out checked surface.
  • Put caulk around the steel wool to keep it in place.
  • Instead of a candle, place a large wad of wet steel wool in the jar as in the diagram.
  • Seal any gaps or holes with steel wool, lath metal or caulk.
  • Pitch buildups can be removed at the end of the day with steel wool and a cleaning solution.
  • Use steel wool to plug holes around the base of buildings.
  • Do not use steel wool, which may promote discoloration of the bronze.
  • steel wool and caulk are good for blocking small holes.
  • Use steel wool to plug holes around base of buildings.
British Dictionary definitions for steel wool

steel wool

noun
1.
a tangled or woven mass of fine steel fibres, used for cleaning or polishing
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