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barber pole

or barber's pole

noun
1.
a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber's former sideline of surgery.
Origin of barber pole
1675-1685
1675-85
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  • Then he looked up at the man on the barber-pole, and he was shivering too.

    Seven O'Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • So he laid aside his valise and barber-pole crutch and got ready to go down in the hole, which wasn't very big.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels Howard R. Garis
  • The barber-pole and the Indian at the cigar shops were features of that day, as well.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • But Uncle Wiggily hit the bad bird with his barber-pole crutch, and the hawk flew away, flopping his wings and tail.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels Howard R. Garis
  • Almost at the end of the next block there was a barber-pole with its stripes running round.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • The world swam round so that Charles was minded to clutch the barber-pole, but he bethought himself in time that it was dusty.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Separating these primary and secondary parts of the border are frequently narrow lines with the barber-pole device.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • In the border occurs the running latch-hook, the barber-pole stripe, and a geometrically drawn vine.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • The red letters of "Votes for Women" ran around her diagonally like the stripes of a barber-pole.

    Affinities and Other Stories Mary Roberts Rinehard

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