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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR YARN

I say, Dirk, what do you s'pose all that yarn means about to-morrow night?

“That be damned for a yarn,” exclaimed the other in unfeigned astonishment.

But what were the words he was singing, this yarn he was spinning in his song?

The yarn from the ring frame, or mule, is wound in a large cop, or on a bobbin.

The spindles, meanwhile, are revolving rapidly, spinning the yarn.

I told you there was quite a yarn hitched to that smokin' business.

I'd told him the heft of the yarn on the way from the church, and he was interested.

As I said, I've never told that yarn to anybody afore and I never meant to tell it.

The count was spinning a pigeon English yarn of how he'd fought a duel with rapiers.

And from now on this yarn has got to be more or less hearsay.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gearn "spun fiber," from Proto-Germanic *garnan (cf. Old Norse, Old High German, German garn, Middle Dutch gaern, Dutch garen "yarn"), from PIE root *ghere- "intestine, gut, entrail" (cf. Old Norse gorn "gut," Sanskrit hira "vein; entrails," Latin hernia "rupture," Greek khorde "intestine, gut-string," Lithuanian zarna "gut"). The phrase to spin a yarn "to tell a story" is first attested 1812, from a sailors' expression, on notion of telling stories while engaged in sedentary work such as yarn-twisting.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR YARN

anecdote

nouninteresting or amusing story
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