from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cloth laid over the face of a corpse.
  • n. A cloth for washing the face; a wash-cloth.


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  • She wiped it with tissue, soaked in Dettol, the antiseptic her mother sent regularly from Secunderabad, then round Rite Aid cottonwool pads she kept for her nails, then a soft white face-cloth.

    For the Sake of the Boy

  • The room itself was so bare& dismal; & Dad's petrified hairless thighs, his old-man's balls covered in a face-cloth, his hands.

    Young Skin

  • I got so fed up with it hurting that I soaked a face-cloth in boiling water, waited it for it to cool enough to put onto my skin and left it on my blocked nipple for about twenty minutes.

    bumpsadaisy Diary Entry

  • On the edge of the bath, balanced on an old white face-cloth, was a large bar of carbolic soap.

    Tears Of The Giraffe

  • Ermina stood motionless by the trestles a long time, and then herself laid the white linen face-cloth back over the delicate face.

    The Virgin In The Ice

  • He plucked away the face-cloth, and uncovered the awful visage left to him, almost lipless, one cheek shrunken away, the nostrils eaten into great, discoloured holes, a face in which only the live and brilliant eyes recalled the paladin of Jerusalem and Ascalon.

    The Leper of Saint Giles

  • "Alive or dead?" asked the slow, calm voice of Lazarus from behind the faded blue face-cloth.

    The Leper of Saint Giles

  • But at that time he was already provided with the leper cloak, and a face-cloth to hide his face, and behaved altogether conformably with the others.

    The Leper of Saint Giles

  • At first I did not know who he was, nor could I always single him out from others of our flock, for he wore the face-cloth.

    The Leper of Saint Giles

  • Middleshire in one of those charming "Olga" trench coats (khaki face-cloth lined self-coloured satin and with big, lovely, gilt-and-enamelled buttons), high brown boots, and one of those saucy little Belgian caps with

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, April 11, 1917

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