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  • Somewhat incommoded by the flat basket hanging before her, amidst the crowd of market women in dirty aprons gazing at future Sunday dresses, the girl would feel the woollens, flannels, and cottons to test the texture and suppleness of the material; and she would promise herself a gown of bright-coloured flannelling, flowered print, or scarlet poplin.

    The Fat and the Thin ��mile Zola 1871

  • Pray, Madam, blow your nose with a piece of flannel-not that I believe it will do you the least good -- but, as all wise folks think it becomes them to recommend nursing and flannelling the gout, imitate them; and I don't know any other way of lapping it up, when it appears in the person of a running cold.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3 Horace Walpole 1757

  • Gordon Brown should stop flannelling and make it his personal business to get the helicopters out to Afghanistan by whatever means it takes. 2009

  • I vowed it was a fake call and you'd never get back till the musicians were green-flannelling their instruments. "

    Red Pepper Burns 1912


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