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A man has no right to ravel out his life, even though the threads are of gold.

Not a soul there who had ever heard of William Blake or Ravel!

O the complexities of the ravel produced by time struggling with eternity!

The marking thread should be through every stitch so that they cannot ravel.

Woyds and you get sort of tangled up and I haven't got time to ravel you out.

It is possible, too, to ravel out the canvas in the bags, and use it for thread.

The thick darkness carries with it Rain and a ravel of cloud.

Nevertheless, this fact constitutes Ravel in no wise the imitator of Debussy.

And Ravel is at once more traditional and more progressive a composer than Debussy.

And there is much besides that Ravel and Debussy have in common.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "to untangle, disentangle, unwind" (originally with out), also "to entangle, become tangled or confused," from Dutch ravelen "to tangle, fray," rafelen "to unweave," from rafel "frayed thread." The seemingly contradictory senses of this word (ravel and unravel are both synonyms and antonyms) are reconciled by its roots in weaving and sewing: as threads become unwoven, they get tangled.

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