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Published: 25 February 2015

By Andy Ross

Words and their meanings

Most of us will be familiar with surnames that come from the world of craft - the Smiths, the Weavers, and so on. But some surprising words have also crept into the English language from weaving...

Did you know that the phrase "to be on tenterhooks" actually derives from the practice of stretching woven cloth on frames to dry. The frames apparently were the tenters and the hooks used to grip the fabric...well, you get it! 

This little nugget of interesting information was passed on by a reader (thank you!). I am sure there must be many other words and phrase that come from weaving because it was such an important skill to have. . Can you pass on any you know and I will share them.