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dropper, noun

Origin:
New Zealand EnglishShow more Probably originally New Zealand English.
A light wooden, iron, or wire upright, placed between the planted posts of a fence to keep the wires taut and in a parallel position.
Note:
Also N.Z. and Australian English.
1897 E. Prov. Herald 9 Apr. (advt)Sole agents for ‘Lochrin’ Patent Fencing, Standards, Droppers, Straining Pillars, Farm Gates, etc.
1990 M.M. Hacksley (tr. of E. van Heerden) in Lynx 217We hauled out the cross that we had nailed together out of old fence-droppers and a cut down telephone pole.
A light wooden, iron, or wire upright, placed between the planted posts of a fence to keep the wires taut and in a parallel position.

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