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- Purl one, knit one, purl one, purl one - wait, that was a knit, wasn't it?
- Or perhaps it'll be cyber-knitters, chanting some elaborated version of ‘knit one, purl two’ as they create mythic tapestries or heal rifts in the fabric of space-time.
- Although, I find it less annoying than a rib - knit 3, move yarn, purl 3, move yarn, repeat - because I always loose track of what stitch I'm on.
mid 17th century (as a noun): of uncertain origin.
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- The water gurgled and purled, loudly at first, then softly, as a powerful foot-wide whirlpool took shape.
- Miri could not imagine there was such a beautiful place as the island of Philae, an island amongst islands washed by the purling waters of the Nile.
- I look out of the window and through the purling drops I can see gutters running with water; I can see the clouds almost black with rain to come.
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- His hands just purled off notes in all shapes and forms.
- The shadows lurched forward, purling around his ankles like tendrils of smoke.
- No. 23 (F Major - Moderato) purls off the piano like drops of water for some forty seconds before the conclusion begins, in No. 24 (D Minor - Allegro appassionato), sweeping, broad, interlaced with runs.
early 16th century (denoting a small swirling stream): probably imitative; compare with Norwegian purla 'bubble up'.
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