• WordNet 3.6
    • n darning the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n darning The act of mending by imitation of texture.
    • n darning Articles to be darned: as, the week's darning lay on the table.
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  • Leo Burnett
    Leo Burnett
    “If you are writing about baloney, don't try and make it Cornish hen, because that's the worst kind of baloney there is. Just make it darn good baloney.”
  • Lady Nancy Astor
    Lady Nancy Astor
    “Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A man who never made a mistake, never made anything worth a darn.”


In literature:

This kind was known as darned netting.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
I guess an American citizen can lick a darned aristocrat at pulling an oar same as he did at shooting off guns.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
The whole darned thing went out like Niagara.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Procure some darning needles, and also a little unspun silk, which will give you a suspending fibre void of torsion.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Or, to speak more correctly, she had been darning them.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Bertie looked soberly down at his old, well-darned mittens.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
O, it made me tired to see a man Pa's age act so like a darn fool.
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
Pa is a darn smart man, and don't you forget it.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
I'll clean up your mess, darn you!
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
There's a darned rum go.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott

In poetry:

"When the world goes hard and wrong,
Lend a hand to help him along;
When his stockings have holes to darn,
Don't you grudge him your ball of yarn.
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
To-night I can hear hees darn ole fiddle,
Playin' away on Joe Belair--
Can hear heem holler, "Pass down de middle
An' dance on your partner over dere."
"Snubbing (Tying-up) The Raft" by William Henry Drummond
And if the honest truth were told,
Its heel confessed the need of darning;
"Gods!" low-bred Vulcan cried, "behold!
There! that's what comes of too much larning!"
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
It was breezing up an' the sea a smother,
But we laid aloft an' we bent another —
For 'e says, says 'e, "By the Great Lord Harry,
She must darn well drag what she can't darn carry,"
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
Aloys and Jurien and Just—-
Order things back to their place,
Have a sharp eye lest the candlesticks rust,
Rub the church-plate, darn the sacrament-lace,
Clear the desk-velvet of dust.)
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
But evenings when I sit alane,
Hearkenin' tap of sleet on t' pane,
An' whiles I darn or mend or knit,
Sich luvely speeches, bit by bit,
Like breet lunts* flicker through my mind,
Sich canty* speeches, douce an' kind.
"When John O'Dick Comes A-Courtin'" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

O'Rourke: Darn you, Ernö Rubik - and that cube.
The 'Worst Company in America' makes some darn good video games.
Button, button, where's the darn button.
Today, Deseret Book is launching a comedy web series called "Pretty Darn Funny".
Deseret Book today launches comedy web series called "Pretty Darn Funny".
'It's a darn shame,' neighbor says of trailer with 30+ dogs.
Darn Good Yarn Removes Over 6000 Pounds of Waste From Landfills in 2011—While Helping Women of India and Nepal.
Darn tootin' it's public.
Tending resort 'pretty darn hard job'.
Khon's also does the "wine," "coffee" and "art" pretty darn well.
If instead each divorce had a similar story behind it, then I wouldn't stick around unless I felt darn sure the person had had the "Eureka".
In Hollywood, it can be the whole darn tree.
The reference librarians at The Seattle Public Library are pretty darn amazing.
But it's darn close now, and the drama is filled with some compelling characters.
But with my big feet, I kept tripping over those darned things.

In science:

But it remains pretty darned mysterious how it does so.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
She envisages the world as “loose and separate”, a succession of “distinct existences”: “just one darned thing after another”.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
El espacio-tiempo de estos modelos sin materia es M4 , sus diferencias se darán por la cinemática de las partículas de prueba en ellos (el substratum en [184, pag. 358]).
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Referencias más puntuales se darán como citas a lo largo de la sección.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Conociendo las ecuaciones dinámicas de u (ó v, ó ξ ), δ ϕ y ψ podemos ver como las fluctuaciones clásicas evolucionan hasta convertirse en las condiciones iniciales para las perturbaciones de DM, radiación y bariones de §2.3 que darán origen a la estructura que observamos actualmente.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry