packing-needle love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A strong needle for sewing up packages wrapped in burlap or packing-sheet. See cut under needle.


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  • Sa'di admires the fresh-shooting down, not when each hair is stiff as a packing-needle: -- Whether thou hast patience with thy beard, or weed it from thy face, this happy season of youth must come to a conclusion.

    The Persian Literature, Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan, Volume 2 Various

  • It must be owned I began to have rather an old-fashioned look; my body was ridiculously small, and the rector's thin daughter, the bodkin, or rather packing-needle of the party, sat more forward, and on

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 400, November 21, 1829 Various

  • I found myself almost over the grey's tail: such a common occurrence that no Moor goes out without string and packing-needle handy; but this was past mending on the road, and I changed on to the soldier's mule, whose top-heavy saddle was no fit at all, and, shifting all over its back, required careful balance on the rider's part.

    In the Tail of the Peacock Isabel Savory

  • 'I'll lend you a packing-needle for six square inches of it then.

    The Light That Failed Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • Sèvres cup on the mantle-piece, till the wet afternoon should come when he and his long packing-needle should restore them to their home.

    The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers Mary Cholmondeley 1892

  • Dreadfully confusing, of course, till you have been through them once, and afterwards as easy to thread as a big packing-needle.

    Hunting the Skipper The Cruise of the "Seafowl" Sloop George Manville Fenn 1870

  • The front of the knife should contain a long, narrow pen-blade of soft steel; a cobbler's awl, slightly bent; and a packing-needle with a large eye, to push thongs and twine through holes in leather.

    The Art of Travel Shifts and Contrivances Available in Wild Countries Francis Galton 1866

  • -- These are best carried in a linen bag; they consist of sail needles, packed in a long box with cork wads at the ends, to preserve their points; a sailor's palm; beeswax; twine; awls; bristles; cobbler's wax; large bodkin; packing-needle; ordinary sewing-needles; tailor's thimble; threads; cottons; silks; buttons; scissors; and pins.

    The Art of Travel Shifts and Contrivances Available in Wild Countries Francis Galton 1866

  • True, it's only a sack, but I cut the hole in the bottom of it for my head with my own hand, and stitched on the short sleeves with a packing-needle.

    Blue Lights Hot Work in the Soudan 1859

  • It hath reached me, O auspicious King, the director, the right-guiding, lord of the rede which is benefiting and of deeds fair-seeming and worthy celebrating, that I walked under the bier packing-needle in hand, and thrust it into the

    Arabian nights. English Anonymous 1855


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