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  • noun Plural form of clew.

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  • noun the cords used to suspend a hammock


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  • The latter are called clews, and they meet at an iron ring, which is attached to the hooks in the carline beams when the hammock is in position for use.

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  • Several of the youngsters who were _outside_, immediately detached themselves, and imitated the example of their mother -- so that the family now presented the appearance of a large ball of whitish wool, with several smaller "clews" lying around it! '

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 422 Volume 17, New Series, January 31, 1852

  • "clews" up like the hedgehog, and some species of the South American armadillos -- to which last animal it bears a considerable resemblance on account of its scaly coat of mail.

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  • Martin wandered on through the heavy pages, overwhelmed by the clews he was getting to the nature of things.

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  • Little things leaked out, clews were followed up, apparently unrelated things were pieced together.


  • Guided by these clews, Daylight cast about for a trail, and found one leading down the side opposite to his ascent.

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  • Like ghosts the agents came and went, obeying commands, fulfilling duties, following clews, making their reports often to officers they never saw or cooperating with other agents they had never seen before and would never see again.

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  • Only a few hints, a few diffused faint clews and indirections

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  • I was grilled as to whether I had ideas as to who he might be: I do, indeed, have ideas -- good ones, I think -- but explained that it is not only against the Blogger Ethic to divulge names, but that it is equally wrong to provide clews in the form of speculation as well.

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  • The Austin family took matters into its own hands, and following the traveler's clews, Mary's brother tracked down Worthington, found him, shot him, and extracted from the man a full confession of his amazing escape from the gallows.

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