from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Laundry, such as sheets and linens, that can be ironed by a mangle rather than by hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ironing that can be done mechanically.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ironing that can be done mechanically


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  • We did have a couple of moments in the flatwork where I was riding him off my leg and he chewed the bit thoughtfully and then collected himself into a lovely frame.

    Yatima » 2010 » February

  • “I want to run through flatwork, then try something new.”

    Canterwood Crest Triple Fault

  • We were all eager to get through flatwork and try arena cross-country.

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  • First we did a lot of flatwork, practicing turns on the forehand and haunches, and some leg yields.

    In Gordath Wood: Writer Patrice Sarath » Riding lessons

  • To the extent possible, hang sheets, tablecloths, and similar flatwork so that their hems are parallel to the line—widthwise.


  • Shirts, dresses, pants, pillowcases, and other articles with fronts and backs must be sprinkled front and back, but flatwork, such as sheets, tea towels, or tablecloths, need be sprinkled only on one side.


  • Cutwork and embroidery or other designs that create raised patterns will definitely need hand ironing, although on flatwork with decorated hems and edges you can often do the flat on the rotary iron and then finish the embroidery and lace with a hand iron.


  • I acquired one several years ago because our household habits produce a great deal of flatwork to iron—sheets and pillowcases, tablecloths and napkins—since we prefer untreated cottons and linens.


  • Use a mangle rotary iron, on all flatwork, casual clothes and play clothes, and sportswear.


  • Much flatwork can be done extremely well and quickly on an electric rotary iron or “mangle.”



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