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spin a yarn

Fig. to tell a tale. Grandpa spun an unbelievable yarn for us. My uncle is always spinning yarns about his childhood.
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spin a yarn

Tell a story, especially a long drawn-out or totally fanciful one, as in This author really knows how to spin a yarn, or Whenever he's late he spins some yarn about a crisis. Originally a nautical term dating from about 1800, this expression probably owes its life to the fact that it embodies a double meaning, yarn signifying both "spun fiber" and "a tale."
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spin a yarn

tell a story, especially a long and complicated one.
A yarn is one of the long fibres from which a rope is made. The expression is nautical in origin and has been used in this figurative sense since the early 19th century.
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ˌpitch a ˈline/ˈstory/ˈyarn (to somebody)

(informal) tell somebody a story or make an excuse that is not true: He assured me that it really happened, but I reckon he was just pitching me a line.
See also: line, pitch, story, yarn

spin (somebody) a ˈyarn/ˈtale

tell somebody a story, usually a long one, which is often not true: She came an hour late and spun him a yarn about her car breaking down.Sailors used to spin yarns (= long threads) to make ropes. They were also famous for telling unlikely stories of their adventures, which is perhaps the origin of the idiom.
See also: spin, tale, yarn
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The dealers of cloth, garment, cotton etc said that with the enhancement of the prices in the cotton yarn in the major counts, the prices of cloth, hoisery, cotton fabrics, garments and other textile goods would also go up.
The cotton yarn market overview section of this research report covers data and information on market value, consumption by regions and countries, market opportunities by countries as well as cotton yarn market forecasts to 2020.
The Chairman said that the yarn dealers would not support the strike call as it would not only damage business activities but also very harmful for the stability of national economy.
In this work, a novel spinning collector was designed to fabricate nanofiber composite yarns in needleless electrospinning, which is able to form continuous yarns and has very large yarn productivity.
Loosely tape the other end of the red and white pieces of yarn across the cardboard.
Finish it up: Once you've filled in the leaf, tie the yarn end to one of the nail heads.
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In contrast, the Teeswater DK is a worsted knitting yarn from the Teeswater breed of sheep, which produces wool that is long, lustrous, wavy and fine.
Viscose filament yarn, made from a group of (15-120) viscose fibers excepting for cloth having certain effects such as on voile and crepe.
Important for success, these nanotubes are spun into helical yarns, which means that they have left and right handed versions (like our hands), depending upon the direction of rotation during twisting the nanotubes to make yarn.
We now consider the equation of motion of yarn (Pracek, 2002):
Key words: cylindrical packages, winding angle, yarn unwinding, angular velocity, unwinding speed
KARACHI: As the expiry of regulatory duty on cotton yarn export draws nearer, value-added textile and spinning sectors are again up in arms for another showdown on the issue.
During the knitting process, the moving yarn is flexed, turned and pressed to mechanical machinery parts, which have various curved surfaces.
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