from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One of the laces used in securing the bands formerly worn round the neck.
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-- As if "the sublime and the beautiful" can endure a comparison with the twirling of a band-string or playing with a rush!
If a man in a private chamber twirls his band-strings, or plays with a rush to please himself, it is well enough; but if he should go into Fleet-street, and sit upon a stall and twirl a band-string, or play with a rush, then all the boys in the street would laugh at him. "