Definition of clothes horse in English:

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clothes horse

Pronunciation: /ˈklō(T͟H)z ˌhôrs/


1A frame on which washed clothes are hung to air indoors.
Example sentences
  • When the neighbours moved out, suddenly the non-carpeted bits of the floor were cold, and stuff hung on the clothes horses took twice as long to dry.
  • Is she wishing she'd done her laundry earlier, cursing the weather that meant all her regular clothes are still damp and hanging on the clothes horse in her front porch?
  • Still the step ladder (which, rather embarrassingly, my husband was using as a clothes horse for suit jackets) was retrieved.
1.1 informal, often derogatory A person who is excessively concerned with wearing fashionable clothes.
Example sentences
  • Models began to be promoted as something more than mere clothes horses.
  • With that qualifier, I certainly don't think it is necessary or desirable to be as thin as many of these breastless, boyish looking women being clothes horses on the TV ‘fashion file ‘show.’
  • The man has become a fashion clothes horse, and the reference to Narcissus has been passed around among my friends.
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