barbers pole

barber pole

a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber's former sideline of surgery.
Also, barber's pole.

1675–85 Unabridged
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barber's pole
a sign outside a barber's shop consisting of a pole painted with red and white spiral stripes

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