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1Thin, tough, tightly twisted cord used for making the flexible end part of whips.
- ‘The cat-o-nine-tails (thick leather whip) with its knitted thongs of whipcord was pickled in brine to stiffen it when there was an imminent flogging.’
- ‘The whipcord only reached eight to ten feet from the handle, at least it seemed it would.’
2A closely woven ribbed worsted fabric, used for making garments such as jodhpurs.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.