Definition of clothesline in English:



  • A rope or wire on which washed clothes are hung to dry.

    • ‘We would also help to hang out the washing on the clothes line and then lift it with a wooden prop.’
    • ‘Inside, dirty laundry, including trousers and a towel, hung from a clothes line above a bed covered with a floral blanket.’
    • ‘A man who allegedly stole a pair of socks from the clothes line of a harbourside home will face court today.’
    • ‘‘There is a pair of brown work pants and a white blouse in that basket,’ she stated, pointing to a wicker basket by the clothes line.’
    • ‘There exists in my family an old 35 mm film of my father in the garden of our old house hanging nappies out to dry on a clothes line in our garden.’
    • ‘The officers saw what appeared to be bedding hanging on the clothes line outside even though it was pouring rain.’
    • ‘Smooth the garments out as you hang them, whether you're hanging them directly on a hanger or on the clothesline outdoors.’
    • ‘Looking out the back window of one of those properties, I saw a couple of children kicking around in the backyard, and all they had to play with was a rotary clothes line - there was nothing else.’
    • ‘A clothes line was rigged up with props to support it.’
    • ‘They then carried the washing to a nearby paddock with a clothes line which had to be hoisted high to be clear of the sheep grazing underneath.’
    • ‘She didn't dare fly with all the clothes lines strung across the alley, she could get stuck and hurt, then they would catch her and hurt her more.’
    • ‘A clothes line would run across the width of two flats, with wet smocks and rugged jeans hanging from it.’
    • ‘Off I went to the nearest dollar store to buy clothesline rope.’
    • ‘I went to take my towel off the clothes line in the backyard and found him sitting on top of the fence telling Janet about what happened.’
    • ‘He said a garden blower was stolen and a pair of denim pants were taken from the clothes line in the backyard.’
    • ‘We must have looked stupid roped together with a clothes line.’
    • ‘The completed designs were then hung on a clothes line inside the classroom.’
    • ‘New houses were built with family rooms and a clear line of sight into the backyard, where children could amuse themselves with educational toys rather than swinging on the clothes line.’
    • ‘The performance starts with a bare stage except for some candles, a large screen, a clothes line, and a row of rocks.’
    • ‘This resulted in a large tangled web of clothes lines crossing and re-crossing above my head on the ceiling.’
    • ‘Here are some of the best tips I have found to air dry clothes without a clothes line.’
    • ‘When you are eleven, you can walk out by the clothes line to put rubbish out, then come back in and tell the person you are staying with that it is raining, and not even think of bringing in the washing.’


[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • (chiefly in football and other games) knock down (a runner) by placing one's outstretched arm in the runner's path at neck level.

    • ‘With a guttural roar, I extended my arms outward and clotheslined the two in front.’
    • ‘Ten years ago, when he first started patrolling his village beach for turtle poachers, he was chasing a few of them on his rickety old bike when they clotheslined him.’
    • ‘But Julian practically clotheslines me with his arm to stop me from moving.’
    • ‘He then tackles his opponent's legs and Dude clotheslines him, knocking him unconscious when his head hits the ground.’
    • ‘We did have a goal disallowed thanks to one of our players clotheslining their goalie.’