warp and woof

noun

Definition of warp and woof

: foundation, base the vigorous Anglo-Saxon base had become the warp and woof of English speech— H. R. Warfel

Examples of warp and woof in a Sentence

regards individual freedom and democracy as the warp and woof of any civilized society
Recent Examples on the Web Those years are sprinkled into the warp and woof of every life phase, from longer childhoods, to ‘emerging adulthoods’ to the quickly-multiplying phases of active adulthood and emerging elderhood. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Pat Tyler’s homespun frocks, as well as smart suits for the city slickers of Asheville, mesh beautifully with the warp and woof of the people of bluegrass country. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, 16 Sep. 2019 All that was needed was the warp and woof of speaker dresses, rather than the big loudspeakers on stage, which suddenly seemed so 20th century. Mark Swed, latimes.com, 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of warp and woof

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Warp and woof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warp%20and%20woof. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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