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  • n. Plural form of dhobi.


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  • In a country where laundry is either done at home or by local washer men called 'dhobis', the company hopes to create a market for laundromats, which offer consumers a chance to get their clothes washed for a small charge similar to a dry-cleaning service.

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  • E.g. think how relationships between occupational groups such as dhobis and midwives and upper caste middle class families have changed drastically because of the changes in residential patterns, and housing styles.


  • As my husband and I stroll along the banks of the Gomti river, enjoying the wind blown, kaleidoscopic saris, freshly embroidered, starched and washed by the dhobis or washer men, then suspended to dry, we meet, chat and fall in love with a soulful dhobi.

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  • He comes by his principles honestly and from his tribe -- his ancestors -- and believes and follows in their footsteps, retracing their commitments and actions of living in peace with fellows, whether Hindu dhobis or Muslim.

    Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy: The Ecstasy and Agony of India -- From the Political to the Tribal

  • Some dhobis had flags tied to the handles of their cycles carrying big bundles of clothes brought in for washing and ironing.

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  • Some municipalities, where there is an adequate water-supply at their disposal, have made artificial arrangements of this nature, with water running from taps into small tanks where the _dhobis_ stand and wash.

    India and the Indians

  • The ordinary Indian _dhobis_ only iron the clothes by smoothing them over with their hands, but the more accomplished artists use large and heavy box-irons, which are heated by filling the box with hot ashes.

    India and the Indians

  • The _dhobis_ who are experienced in getting up linen for English residents do so with great skill, and accomplish successfully the most elaborate tasks.

    India and the Indians

  • They tried to carry on the work on their own account, and though exposed to a good deal of petty persecution from the Hindu _dhobis_, they managed to assert their right to wash clothes in the stream.

    India and the Indians

  • Again, as I write, I can see in the stream below a busy family of three generations of _dhobis_.

    India and the Indians


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