from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A social meeting of friends and neighbors at the house of a farmer to assist him in stripping the husks or shucks from his Indian corn; a husking-bee (which see). Also corn-shucking.


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  • Steadfast, uncomplicated in their allegiances, they were foursquare on the side of the American experience as it revealed itself in corn-husking competitions and Fourth of July parades and Thanksgiving preparations.

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  • At the corn-husking frolic that afternoon, Ida brushed off the remark made by Preacher Yoder's wife, Eunice, that Sadie had missed the next-to-last baptismal class.


  • The only reason he had for refusing was that corn-husking was not yet over and his son Hiram was needed for the work.


  • I knew the other recruits wished to stay till after corn-husking, and besides, felt that nothing would be done to me when I came back to my regiment with 30 stalwart lads.


  • The corn-husking begins at eight, and we are to call for Jason Brown and Lucy before we start.

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  • No man ever grew up in the agricultural regions of the West, where a house-raising, or even a corn-husking, is matter of common interest and helpfulness, with any other feeling than that of broad-minded, generous independence.

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  • Now the laws of "corn-husking frolics" ordain, that for each red ear that a youth finds, he is entitled to exact a kiss from his partner.

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  • All agreed that there was more laughing, and more kissing done at that, than had been known at any corn-husking frolic since "the Declaration."

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  • It was October then, so I conceived a plan by which I would earn money during the fall by corn-husking among the near-by farmers, so that when spring opened I would have the price of the coveted camera.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls Volume XIII, No. 51: November 12, 1892

  • She could ride a fractious horse, milk, sew, knit and cook, and had followed the plow more than one day; while during harvest and corn-husking she had many a time "made a hand."

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