waxed end

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for waxed end in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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waxed end (plural waxed ends)

  1. A thread pointed with a bristle and covered with shoemaker's wax, used in sewing leather, as for boots, shoes, etc.
    • 1939 Frank Richards, The Magnet, Loder Looks for Trouble
      He had a boot in his left hand, and, in his right, what cobblers call a wax end. He seemed very seriously at work on that boot.