American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Decorative needlework, such as embroidery.
- n. Decorative embroidery
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Ornamental work with a needle or hook, as embroidery, crocheting, netting, etc.
- n. decorative needlework
“Her brother said not to miss inspecting the stock, her niece said the fancywork was the only thing worth looking at and her nephews said she must bring them home an account of the races.”
“After a lengthy political standoff, Wisconsin state Senate Republicans used a bit of legislative fancywork to pass a bill this evening that effectively strips public-sector unions of the right to collectively bargain.”
“But when she left her fancywork to fetch a length of cloth, I went to work cutting it into long strips.”
“ Silent Murf was largely toothless, and the gaze from his eyes diverged in opposing directions; his skinny arms were a fancywork of jailhouse tattoos and what appeared to be scabbed-over claw marks.”
“They provided adults and children with sports and educational activities, like “instruction in sewing and fancywork like basketry,” on a daily basis and within walking distance of home and work.”
“Natasha, and about albums and fancywork with Sonya.”
“And sitting over her fancywork, into which, being what Richard called “safe as the grave,” she sewed more thoughts than most women: sitting thus, she would say to herself with a half smile and an incredulous shake of the head: “SO silly!””
““The workmen are installing a new choir railing, and I have an appointment to meet with Miss Sharpe regarding the fancywork table.””
“The grandfather clock in the corner chimed eight, and Johanna rose to put her fancywork in her sewing kit.”
“She had taken up a piece of fancywork, and in the light of the kerosene lamp her fingers seemed almost automated as her hand flew back and forth with her embroidery needle.”
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