from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cylinder, covered with card-clothing, which takes the fibers of wool or cotton from the feed-rolls to the main cylinder, or drum, of a carding-machine; a taker.
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The average one of us - a taker-in of various and constant media, is absolutely overwhelmed - as he or she should be - with the sheer volume of artistic output in every conceivable medium given to the world every day - it is simply too much to begin to process or comprehend - and so we are forced to try to sort, to reduce.
Ask Jean Lundy, a devoted shelter reformer and taker-in of animal refugees.
And you require such a very interesting "taker-in" to make it bearable at all.
I won't be a nurserymaid, nor a lady's-maid, far less a lady's companion, or a mantua-maker, or a straw-bonnet maker, or a taker-in of plain work.