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Friday, August 24, 2012

concertina

\kon-ser-TEE-nuh\ , verb;
1.
To fold, crush together, or collapse in the manner of a concertina: The car concertinaed when it hit the truck.
2.
To cause to fold or collapse in the manner of a concertina.
noun:
1.
A musical instrument resembling an accordion but having buttonlike keys, hexagonal bellows and ends, and a more limited range.
2.
Concertina wire.
Quotes:
Monk is so tall his knees seem to concertina against the dashboard.
-- Michael Robotham, Shatter
As Henderson looked down at his hands, the folds of skin on his face seemed to concertina into a soft place for his chin to rest.
-- Jacquelin Winspear, A Lesson in Secrets
Origin:
A concertina was named by the inventor who made the instrument, Charles Wheatstone, in 1837. It was first used as a verb in the early 1900s.
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