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She will remember now that a skein of hemp thread is not the thing to line her nest with.

There was a skein of blue silk swinging over the edge of the table.

In the evening it was a pleasure to hold a skein of yarn for her to wind.

That doesn't matter a bit, you must wait till the skein is unwound.

It was this time a skein of silk that the little lady wanted to have unwound.

She parted with caressing fingers the skein of tow on the frowsled head.

Shall we think that our prayers can avert a doom woven with the skein of events?

Uncle Nicholas,” said Amber, “you promised to buy me a skein of blue silk.

In a little while Alice asked her to hold a skein of cotton for her while she wound it.

The negotiation with the French Government was but one of the threads in the skein.

WORD ORIGIN

"fixed quantity of yarn doubled over and over and knotted, mid-15c., from Middle French escaigne "a hank of yarn" (Old French escagne, mid-14c., Modern French écagne), of uncertain origin. Cf. Medieval Latin scagna "a skein," Irish sgainne "a skein, clue."

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