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Herring-bone

(in building). Courses of stone laid angularly, thus: Also applied to strutting placed between thin jcists to increase their strength. Also a peculiar stitch in needlework, chiefly used in working flannel.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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