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pipe cleaner

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 of pipe cleaner
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The first pipe-cleaner man was shinnying up the power cable.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Improvising tweezers from a pipe-cleaner, he picked this up and looked at it.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • There, on the ground, was a sharpened black tooth, pierced by a piece of pipe-cleaner wire.

  • And so when the officious flapper presented him with a white feather he had no use for it except as a pipe-cleaner.

  • A pipe-cleaner man happened upon a shard after a moment and hugged it to his chest, then toddled back into the box with it.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for pipe-cleaner

pipe cleaner

a short length of thin wires twisted so as to hold tiny tufts of yarn: used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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