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  • (v): to agitate clothes in soapy water to clean them. Cf. poss. Hence, n. pawser, a device for agitating clothes in wash water. One version of the pawser, frequently encountered in antique shops, consists of a short broomstick-like handle with a tin or copper cone affixed to the business end. Plunging the device up and down in the washtub agitates the clothes in the water.

    January 17, 2009