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noun 
  1. a bone of a herring
    • 1884: Samuel Smiles, Men of Invention and Industry
    • :The prosperity of Amsterdam was then so great that it was said that Amsterdam was "founded on herring-bones."
      1. a zigzag pattern, especially made by bricks, on a cloth, or by stitches in sewing
    • 1861: Charlotte Yonge, The Young Step-Mother
    • :'The best path of life is but a herring-bone pattern.'
    • 1922: James Joyce, Ulysses
    • :Mr Bloom walked behind the eyeless feet, a flatcut suit of tweed.
      1. (skiing) a method of climbing a hill by pointing the skis outward in a V-shape to keep from sliding backwards

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