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Language: Old English
Origin: seolc


1 [uncountable]TIM a thin smooth soft cloth made from very thin thread which is produced by a silkworm:
pure silk stockings
a beautiful dress in raw silk
2 [countable] British English lawSC a very important lawyer [= Queen's Counsel (QC)]:
His practice quickly grew and he took silk (=became a QC) in 1988.


technical the coloured shirts worn by jockeys (=people who ride horses in races)

make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

to make something good out of something that is bad quality

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