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Definition of yarn noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] 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.
  3. Idioms
    pitch a story/line/yarn (to somebody) (informal)
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    to tell someone a story or make an excuse that is not true
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: yarn