One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who patches or creates a garment or other item from pieces of fabric.
- ‘He was responsible for disciplining and paying the piecers on a time rate, so he stood to gain from the increased pace of work.’
- ‘The two assigned numbers may be divided between a piecer and a quilter or awarded to individuals within a group as determined by that group.’
- ‘I'm not a piecer, but that doesn't mean I don't piece… I do.’
- 1.1historical A child employed in a spinning mill to join the ends of broken threads.
- ‘At the age of six I became a piecer. In the spring of 1840, I began to feel some painful symptoms in my right wrist, arising from the general weakness of my joints, brought on in the factories.’
- ‘At the age of six I became a piecer. I regularly worked at the weaving machine till I could hardly get home.’
- ‘Further expressions of concern for his family and future generations came from a male weaver whose son was a piecer.’
- ‘The number of cardings a piecer has through his fingers in a day is very great; each piecing requires three or four rubs, over a space of three or four inches.’
- ‘Kirsty had a job as a piecer, joining broken threads, a very tiring and boring life.’
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