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1A forked bone (the furcula) between the neck and breast of a bird. According to a popular custom, this bone from a cooked bird is broken by two people, with the holder of the longer portion being entitled to make a wish.
- ‘They clutch horseshoes and charm bracelets, they pull wishbones and cross their fingers - yet only a handful have reason to smile after the Lottery draw, where, for the punter, luck certainly plays a major part.’
- ‘Heaped on a pedestal, the intact wishbones are perfect wish opportunities forgone for the sake of art.’
- ‘Suddenly they stop, statue-still, their knees crooked around one another, like fingers pulling on a wishbone.’
- ‘Tyrannosaurs shared a number of characteristics with birds, including hollow bones, feet with three primary toes that all pointed forward, and a wishbone.’
- ‘There are concrete beams, two kinds of truss, a suspension arch (like a miniature Sydney Harbour Bridge) and finally the elegant and ingenious Millennium Bridge: imagine a pair of wishbones joined at the tips.’
- ‘Lift up the neck skin to expose the wishbone and cut this away from the flesh, using a razor-sharp knife.’
- ‘In Sue, the two shoulder blades seem to be joined by a very small, almost straight piece of bone, and this was supposed to suggest that this was a wishbone like a bird's.’
- ‘Nothing too dramatic, just a potentially life-threatening trip over my own walking pole, which snaps like a wishbone.’
- ‘They were not very varied in design and the emphasis was on good luck charms such as four-leaf clovers, horseshoes and wishbones, again set with tiny diamonds.’
- ‘The V-shaped wishbone is important because it is typical of birds and what may be their immediate dinosaur ancestors.’
2An object of similar shape to a wishbone, in particular.
- ‘A steel wishbone can be bent into amazing shapes before it breaks while a carbon version, although stronger, will snap rather than bend.’
- ‘The London-based jewellery designer sold the gorgeous actress a pair of her gold hoop wishbone earrings just in time for a London film - not bad for a first foray onto the red carpet.’
- ‘Approximating a range of icons - spaceship, comma, wishbone, beetle, picket fence - these ensembles are studies in the suggestiveness of simple shapes.’
- ‘The F400 uses a pushrod design and all the wishbones are aerodynamically shaped.’
- ‘With this rig the hook length and lead link are joined together and attached to the main line with a second swivel, in a similar manner to the beach anglers wishbone rig.’
- 2.1American Football An offensive formation in which the fullback lines up immediately behind the quarterback with the two halfbacks behind and on either side of the fullback.
- ‘From the days of the single wing, through the wishbone and through the modern era of wide-open offenses and spread sets, it always has been about running the ball.’
- ‘The three who came before Stoops all had one common flaw: Their offenses - wishbone or not - never made an impact.’
- ‘Just line him up any which way - West Coast, vertical offense, wing-T, wishbone, doesn't matter - and let the most exciting player in the league do his thing.’
- ‘Any football fan over 40 doesn't need to be reminded who Jack was - the first wishbone quarterback at the University of Oklahoma.’
- ‘The school with the history and tradition of running quarterbacks and wishbone offenses was about to be hit with culture shock.’
- 2.2 A forked element in the suspension of a motor vehicle or aircraft, typically attached to a wheel at one end with the two arms hinged to the chassis.
- ‘The major components of the independent double wishbone suspension are aluminium or titanium with Teflon and Uniball joints used throughout.’
- ‘The double wishbone suspension and coil-over shocks are mounted to large aluminum castings.’
- ‘The total of twenty inches of suspension travel was achieved through the use of a purpose-built front and rear double A-arm independent wishbone suspension with coil over dampers’
- ‘The front suspension is a double wishbone coil spring with damper and a five-link coil sprung solid axle in the rear.’
- ‘A double wishbone front suspension and gas-filled rear shocks help absorb vibration at faster speeds while providing a smoother ride over mixed road services.’
- 2.3Sailing A boom in two halves that curve outward around a sail and meet aft of it.
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