from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Steel wire such as is used for the stringing of pianos. It has great tensile strength and evenness of size and structure. Also music-wire.


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  • This could have gone worse for him; at least we didn't see the bankers stuffing cash down his piano-wire panties while he danced around a pole for their whooping pleasure.

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  • Beneath a patch of translucent pavement, a naked dancer writhed under shifting lights, first scalded red, then skeletal white, jerking like a marionette on piano-wire strings.

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  • The hard truth torqued through Dante, ratcheting every tendon, nerve, and muscle piano-wire tight.

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  • Dimbleby requires a dedicated length of piano-wire, as an evil co-conspiritor of the Ruling Class Islington and West London Chapter


  • Office Plant #1, as the creation was called, grew and shrank and blossomed and hibernated and waved its piano-wire fronds as it “fed” off e-mail traffic.

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  • Propping myself up against the pillows, I realized just how piano-wire taut I had been ever since my breakthrough and its resulting cataclysms.


  • The Sixth Lamentation is a meticulously-plotted, cat's cradle of a mystery with the interwoven stories pulled as taut as a piano-wire.

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  • His hair was curly but so thin, I could see his scalp and the brown spots beneath the piano-wire strands when he bowed.


  • I sought cautiously to move my cramped limbs, unlike Smith, who seeming to have sinews of piano-wire, crouched beside me immovable, untiringly.

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