clothes horse

clothes horse
clothes horse also clothes-horse, "upright wooden frame for hanging clothes to dry," 1788, from CLOTHES (Cf. clothes) + HORSE (Cf. horse). Figurative sense of "person whose sole function seems to be to show off clothes" is 1850.

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