wish·​bone | \ ˈwish-ˌbōn How to pronounce wishbone (audio) \

Definition of wishbone

1 : a forked bone in front of the breastbone in a bird consisting chiefly of the two clavicles fused at their median or lower end
2 : a variation of the T formation in which the halfbacks line up farther from the line of scrimmage than the fullback does

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Examples of wishbone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alabama unveiled the wishbone offense on unsuspecting USC that Friday night, building an early lead before holding on for a 17-10 victory. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2021 His momma had heard that Mahalia had the same condition as Sammy, legs bowed like a wishbone from his hips to his feet, yawned open at his knees and hardened like roof pitches curved outward. Natashia Deón, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Much like the Taycan, the vehicle also reaps the benefits of double-wishbone front suspension, allowing for better cornering stability. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2021 Toyota says the stronger chassis, new double wishbone front and independent rear suspension, and upgraded hydraulic cab mounts (on Limited and above models) will substantially improve ride quality on the 2022 Tundra. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 The Tundra employs a double wishbone front suspension and multi-link coil spring rear suspension with twin-tube shocks at each corner. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 There’s a double-wishbone suspension in the front and a four-link axle-type suspension in the back. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2021 Over the years, chicken turned into turkey (which was more available at that time than other poultry) but the tradition of wishing on the wishbone has remained. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Aug. 2021 Jackie Mack Designs’ Wishbone Necklace features a wishbone shape pendant with sparkly top quality cubic zirconia, and is ethically made in solid 14k gold. Angela Lei, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of wishbone

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wishbone

from the superstition that when two persons pull it apart the one getting the longer fragment will have a wish granted

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The first known use of wishbone was in 1847

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3 Dec 2021

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“Wishbone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wishbone. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of wishbone

: a bone that is at the front of a bird's chest and that is shaped like a V


wish·​bone | \ ˈwish-ˌbōn How to pronounce wishbone (audio) \

Kids Definition of wishbone

: a bone in front of a bird's breastbone that is shaped like a V

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