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  • n. Plural form of packthread.

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Examples

  • He ordered many packthreads to be let down, yet not a person offered to send up a petition, but instead thereof very bold demands, the redress of all their grievances, great immunities, the choice of their own governor, and other like exorbitances.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • And to this purpose several packthreads were let down with small weights at the bottom.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • On these packthreads the people strung their petitions, which mounted up directly like the scraps of paper fastened by school boys at the end of the string that holds their kite.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • Gulliver, in Lilliput, tied down by a thousand packthreads.

    The Life of Friedrich Schiller Comprehending an Examination of His Works

  • On these packthreads the people strung their petitions, which mounted up directly, like the scraps of paper fastened by school boys at the end of the string that holds their kite.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • And to this purpose, several packthreads were let down, with small weights at the bottom.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • And is the wholesome image of Annette Funicello spoiled for Italian mouseketeers who know about the tormento dei funicelli, or ` torture of the packthreads, 'in which 15th-century Neopolitans painfully lashed together the wrists and forearms of their prisoners?

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 2

  • On thefe packthreads the people ftrung their petitions, which mounted up di - reftly, like the Icraps of paper faftened by fchool-boys at the end of the ftring that holds their kite.

    The Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin

  • a mole here and there as broad as a trencher, and hairs hanging from it thicker than packthreads, to say nothing further concerning the rest of their persons.

    Gulliver's Travels

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