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draw straws

Definition of draw straws

  1. :  to choose a stick from a group of sticks that are different sizes but that are being held in such a way that they look like they are all the same size



Word by Word Definitions

drawplay
  1. : :  to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance :  pull : as

    :  to move (as a covering) over or to one side

    :  to pull up or out of a receptacle or place where seated or carried

  1. : :  the act or process of drawing: as

    :  a sucking pull on something held with the lips

    :  a removal of a handgun from its holster

strawplay straws
  1. :  stalks of grain after threshing

    :  dry stalky plant residue used like grain straw (as for bedding or packing)

    :  a natural or artificial heavy fiber used for weaving, plaiting, or braiding

  1. :  made of straw

    :  of, relating to, or used for straw

    :  of the color of straw


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