pipe cleaner

noun
a short length of twisted flexible wires covered with tufted fabric, used to clean the stem of a smoker's pipe and for various handicrafts.

Origin:
1865–70

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pipe cleaner
 
n
a short length of thin wires twisted so as to hold tiny tufts of yarn: used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe

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Example sentences
Insert the green pipe cleaner into the bottom of the drinking straw.
Clear any blockage, either with a pipe cleaner or with a wire.
Next students will choose eight of the prey creatures they researched and match
  them to a pipe cleaner color.
Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main
  part of the burner.
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