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Topic: INDUSTRY

Language: Old English
Origin: gearn

yarn

noun
     
yarn
1 [uncountable]TI thick thread made of cotton or wool, which is used to knit things
2 [countable] informalAL a story of adventures, travels etc, usually made more exciting and interesting by adding things that never really happened:
The old captain would often spin (=tell) us a yarn about life aboard ship.
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