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barber pole

a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber's former sideline of surgery.
Origin of barber pole
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The barber pole as a symbol of the profession is a legacy of bloodletting.
  • Be sure to show where the barber pole or barber pole decal will be located.
  • No barber school shall display a barber pole on its premises.

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