, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clewed p. pr. & vb. n. Clewing.] [Cf. D. kluwenen. See Clew, n.] 1. To direct; to guide, as by a thread. [Obs.]
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Direct and clew me out the way to happiness.
Beau. & Fl.
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2. (Naut.) To move of draw (a sail or yard) by means of the clew garnets, clew lines, etc.; esp. to draw up the clews of a square sail to the yard.
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To clew down (Naut.), to force (a yard) down by hauling on the clew lines. -- To clew up (Naut.), to draw (a sail) up to the yard, as for furling.
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(?), n. [F. clich, from clicher to stereotype.] 1. A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief.
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2. a trite or obvious remark.
Syn. -- platitude, banality, commonplace, bromide.
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Clich casting, a mode of obtaining an impression from a die or woodcut, or the like, by striking it suddenly upon metal which has been fused and is just becoming solid; also, the casting so obtained.
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