clothes·​line | \ ˈklōz-ˌlīn How to pronounce clothesline (audio) also ˈklōt͟hz-\

Definition of clothesline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line (as of cord) on which clothes may be hung to dry


clotheslined; clotheslining; clotheslines

Definition of clothesline (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to knock down (someone, such as a football player) by catching by the neck with an outstretched arm

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There was nothing there but an expanse of gravel and a set of sagging clotheslines on which cottage dwellers hung their wet swimsuits and towels. Mary Grimm, The New Yorker, "Back Then," 17 June 2019 There was a clothesline in the yard and soda stacked on the side porch., "Canzano: Pat Casey officially out and Oregon State baseball will never be the same," 4 June 2019 But something about the idea of being able to pick the bacon off a clothesline added a layer of intrigue that shouldn’t matter but did. Andy Staples,, "Turnaround Artist Dave Clawson and Wake Forest Are Cooking With Gas Now," 4 June 2018 One of the things the drone has mastered, according to the company, is detecting utility wires and clotheslines. Alan Levin, Fortune, "Amazon Reveals Its Latest Delivery Drone Design," 5 June 2019 As Jones chase down the basketball, Abueva chases Jones down and levels him with a clothesline shot to the neck., "Watch: Former NBA player and Jefferson High School star Terrence Jones clotheslined by an opponent during a game in the Philippines," 4 June 2019 There are several pizzas, and some of his signatures, like clothesline bacon. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Korean Food Under a Japanese Influence, at the Bari," 8 May 2018 One item on my wishlist is a simple laundry travel clothesline from Going In Style. New York Times, "The Frugal Five," 27 June 2018 Her body was found hung up on a clothesline by a group of hunters. Morgan Baila,, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of clothesline


1830, in the meaning defined above


1964, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of clothesline

: a piece of rope or a wire that people hang wet clothes on to dry

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