warp and woof


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Synonyms for warp and woof

a distinctive, complex underlying pattern or structure

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I am the house from floor to roof, I deck the walls, the board I spread; I spin the curtains, warp and woof, And shake the down to be their bed.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy uses this illustration: "The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are the warp and woof of the American nation.
This would be a wise move, not only for the pure pleasure the fiction affords, but also because familiarity with that fiction will enable readers to better appreciate Furlani's achievement in the chapters after the introduction where he unpacks the concepts earlier introduced and shows in detail how they form the warp and woof of Davenport's work.
The reader fluent in education argot and familiar with the warp and woof of high-school life can't help but wonder whether the alternative differs much from the status quo.
The Thames', he writes, 'runs through the warp and woof of English history'.
Van Natta sees this Zelig-like omnipresence as a sign that golfing has deeply insinuated itself into the warp and woof of American history.
Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment.
As it was, her performing style, as well as the warp and woof of her life, was one of passionate contrast.
They take their character from the warp and woof of membership in a family, a community, a school, a common life.