Definition of yarn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//jɑːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//jɑːrn//
    Types of story
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] thread that has been spun, used for knitting, making cloth, etc.
  2. 2[countable] (informal) a long story, especially one that is exaggerated or invented He used to spin yarns (= tell stories) about his time in the Army. See related entries: Types of story
  3. Word OriginOld English gearn; of Germanic origin, related to Dutch garen.Extra examples He tried to spin us some yarn about how he was collecting for the church. It was all lies. He went on to spin an entertaining yarn about his army days. The yarn has to be threaded through the needle. The yarn is woven into a coarse fabric. There’s a knot in the yarn. He used to spin yarns about his time in the army. The sweaters are hand-knitted in cotton, linen or wool yarns.Idioms
    pitch a story/line/yarn (to somebody)
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    (informal) to tell somebody a story or make an excuse that is not true
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