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

Examples of clothesline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Swapping out your dryer for a clothesline helps, too. Kimberly Hickok, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2022 The photographs of the accused that hung from the clothesline amounted to more than 300. Diana García, The Arizona Republic, 9 Mar. 2022 Like a clothesline, Sorkin stretches the plot from table reading to cameras rolling, pinning on past incidents, compressing their timing and sequence. Thelma Adams, Variety, 15 Jan. 2022 At Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday, an activist adds a flag to a clothesline hung with scarves representing people who have died from covid-19-related illnesses. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Oct. 2021 There was a three-tiered platter of local oysters in Brittany, on the French coast — the tide out, the boats stuck in the mud looking like sleeping dogs on slack clothesline leashes in their backyards. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Laundry soap, clothesline, sketch book, and first aid kit rounded out the contents. John Martin, Travel + Leisure, 1 Nov. 2021 Mario DelMonaco, now 90, was sitting in the Garden balcony the night that DeMarco, fighting in his 52d pro bout, beat Saxton the way a kitchen broom beats a scatter rug hanging from a clothesline., 16 Oct. 2021 In a bathroom that features a clothesline, Kimberley spills her purse, which is full of kids' stuff (crayons, dominos). Nick Schager,, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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8 Apr 2022

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“Clothesline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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