coat hanger

noun

: a device which is shaped like the outline of a person's shoulders and over which garments may be hung

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The handlebars have been designed at a 10-degree angle curved towards the user—like the curve of a coat hanger—which Peloton believes is more ergonomic than handlebars that angle away from the rower. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 20 Sep. 2022 The current de facto image of a wire coat hanger with a line through it — referencing illicit abortions performed with household objects — is not going to be enough in this new world. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 Make a temporary hook from a metal coat hanger by using pliers to cut off the angled wire on one side and to shorten the other side to 10 inches or so. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 A century later, in 1997, six VMI freshmen were beaten with a belt — and once with a coat hanger — on their legs and buttocks by seniors about three times a week for one month. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 Entry was gained by someone who used a coat hanger to get into a Honda CRV and used the garage door opener in the car to get into the locked garage and then the van. chicagotribune.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Ai’s influences in New York included Jasper Johns and Marcel Duchamp, a profile of whom Ai fashioned out of a wire coat hanger. Jordan Riefe, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021 The gate, locked only with a metal coat hanger, allowed easy access to the avocado tree. Edwidge Danticat, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 The gate, locked only with a metal coat hanger, allowed easy access to the avocado tree. Edwidge Danticat, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coat hanger was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Coat hanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coat%20hanger. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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