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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COBWEB

He passed one hand in front of his face as if brushing a cobweb or—a hair.

And he went away, brushing the sleeve of his coat which had caught a cobweb.

And when I asked her if the cobweb were bothering her, she said both it and the bubble had vanished.

He affixed a reel, threaded a cobweb line, and selected a fly.

What is the use of a shield on a wall, or a lance that has a cobweb for a pennon?

And, kneeling down, she began to disentangle a fly, imprisoned in a cobweb.

What a strange use of the cobweb is that of the little flying spiders!

The handkerchief was worked at some convent in Italy and was fine as a cobweb.

The transparent bombyx is as delicate as a cobweb, and if you tear it No, you must not refuse.

Man, you'd tie his Lordship wid a cobweb, he laughed so heartily.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., coppewebbe; the first element is Old English -coppe, in atorcoppe "spider," literally "poison-head" (see attercop). Spelling with -b- is from 16c., perhaps from cob. Cob as a stand-alone for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR COBWEB

entanglement

nouncomplication, predicament
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