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- n. Plural form of whittling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Chips made by one who whittles; shavings cut from a stick with a knife.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Chips or bits produced in whittling.
- n. Chips or bits produced in whittling.
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They started out as small whittlings for good luck that people would keep in a revered place in the home, or wear around the neck as amulets.
These whittlings on our rules, our values (torture, imprisonment for years without access to justice, warmongering, theofascism ...) our principles are like cuts in the barc at the base of a tree.
Sometimes, notwithstanding the snow, when I returned from my walk at evening I crossed the deep tracks of a woodchopper leading from my door, and found his pile of whittlings on the hearth, and my house filled with the odor of his pipe.
Alex sprang down beside him, and produced the charred pine whittlings.
A generation after Newton's death fossils were referred for their origin to a certain "plastic power" in Nature -- mere idle whittlings of bone that had never known an outfit of flesh and blood.
"I'll go in and tell mother we're going," called Nan to Bert, who shut up his knife, brushed the whittlings off his clothes, and began to gather up the boxes and baskets of lunch.
In that store, he saw himself, now moving in the press of business; now examining their posted legers; and now seated in the comfortable counting-room, counselling on their growing concerns, or conversing with an old friend, or neighbor, as the smooth pine whittlings rolled like ribbons from his hand; and now on the back piazza, enjoying the air and prospect.
"I'll call her," Sue said, while Bunny kept on brushing the tiny whittlings from his jacket and short trousers.
Heise the harness-maker stood in the vestibule of his shop, a bundle of whittlings in his apron of greasy ticking.
Heise dashed across the street on the run, with Trina at his heels, a trail of spilled whittlings marking his course.