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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pinking-iron a tool for pinking or scalloping
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Either through A.S. pyngan, from L. pungĕre, to prick; or acc. to Skeat, a nasalised form of pick.


In literature:

But how did you escape his pinking iron?
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
It opened, somewhat ironically, out of Mrs. Warlock's pink drawing-room.
"The Captives" by Hugh Walpole
Fortune favoured them, for Melinda Crachett was alone in the house, ironing out some pale pink garments.
"The Long Vacation" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Rose came from the kitchen, the pink blouse, warm from the iron, in one hand.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
I'll wash and iron her pink dress this very afternoon; for Hazel has a beauty doll, herself.
"Jewel's Story Book" by Clara Louise Burnham
Only one person was awake in all the camp when the doctor and Billie returned: Alberdina, busy ironing pink-tinted clothes in the lean-to.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
They had wound their pink, thorny tentacles, layer upon layer, about the lock and the hinges of the rusty iron gate.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
With a pinking iron cut scalloped edge and enough of a narrow strip to gather fully all around just inside the outer edge.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
The adjutant faces toward the left flank, shoulders his tinseled pinking iron, and sets his teeth firmly, almost defiantly.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
This projecting edge is pinked with a pinking iron, to make it more ornamental.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
If common pink cord is used, drive the paraffin in with a hot flat-iron.
"Manual Training Toys for the Boy's Workshop" by Harris W. Moore

In news:

The imposing pink building with black iron-lace "frills" on the corner of Orleans and Dauphine streets has dominated the French quarter for more than 150 years not only in height, but in legend and mystery as well.
I found it ironic that I was walking to the House of Shields one afternoon when I found myself bombarded with people in bright pink T-shirts from Planned Parenthood.
A full pink-tinted blue moon rose over area football fields tonight as action on the grid iron was in full swing.
Rush, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden.