Darning last

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Darning last a smooth, hard body, often egg-shaped, put into a stocking to preserve its shape in darning.
    • Darning last See under Last.
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Usage

In literature:

As for starving, we could carry enough of their darned fish to last a year.
"Under the Andes" by Rex Stout
Coats and trousers, equipped for their last adventure with mysterious darns and patches, cheated the eye like a painted beauty at a ball.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone
She mended a hole in her pocket and darned a pair of socks, and at last, anxious for advice, or at least a confidant, resolved to see Mr. Wilks.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
Lastly, darn the rosette, from illustration, with fine glazed cotton.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
Darn the centre first and the border last.
"The Ladies' Work-Book" by Unknown
The very last thread is sometimes put in with a darning needle.
"Navajo weavers" by Washington Matthews
Just the rotten darn motive this world'll never be rid of so long as human nature lasts.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
That's a good deal for a pants'-tearin' chair, seems to me, which them willers are, the last one of 'em, an' I'm a mighty poor hand to darn.
"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
That last darn of yours was uncommonly neat.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
The darned nigger hez got me at last!
"The Island Treasure" by John Conroy Hutcheson
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In news:

It was pretty darn accurate last year.
Their "party-be-darned for once" actions last month blew up the notion that a Democrat must dislike a Republican, no matter what.
We've asked Albuquerque police to confirm a possible shooting at the "Pretty darn quick" convenience store on Coors near Fortuna last night.
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