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A kind of machine-woven patterned carpet with a cut pile.
- ‘It has been making carpets, including Axminster, for nearly 100 years.’
- ‘But this time I'm really worried; I'm not going to get upset about the blood on the Axminster when the rain's still pouring down and the cat isn't back yet.’
- ‘Which kind of puts into perspective his spilling paint over the new Axminster carpet on his previous visit.’
- ‘And you know what curried egg does to a burgundy Axminster.’
- ‘Never mind the threat of cholera and typhoid, Mrs Jones at number 47 has had to replace her Axminster!’
Early 19th century: named after the town of Axminster in southern England, noted since the 18th century for the production of carpets.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.