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Definition of "fancywork" [fan•cy•work]

  • Decorative needlework, such as embroidery. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fancywork" in a sentence
  • "Her brother said not to miss inspecting the stock, her niece said the fancywork was the only thing worth looking at and her nephews said she must bring them home an account of the races."
  • "After a lengthy political standoff, Wisconsin state Senate Republicans used a bit of legislative fancywork to pass a bill this evening that effectively strips public-sector unions of the right to collectively bargain."
  • "But when she left her fancywork to fetch a length of cloth, I went to work cutting it into long strips."