One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1often as noun wire-drawingDraw out (metal) into wire by passing it through a series of holes of diminishing diameter in a steel plate.‘excavations show sophisticated iron-working technology, including wire-drawing’
prolong, protract, draw out, stretch out, drag out, string out, extend, extend the duration of, carry on, keep going, keep alive, continueView synonyms
- ‘Primarily an agrarian community the town was also home to a brass foundry, an iron forge, a wire-drawing mill, and a community of cabinetmakers.’
- ‘Neither Mittal nor his business interests - apart from a wire-drawing plant - were British.’
2archaic Refine (an argument or idea) excessively, in such a way that it becomes strained or forced.‘wire-draw the expressions and they become dull paraphrases on rich sentiments’
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