warp and woof


Definition of warp and woof 

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

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regards individual freedom and democracy as the warp and woof of any civilized society

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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, "At Disney Hall, the dresses made of speakers were just the beginning," 18 Apr. 2018

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

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