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Roto-Rooter

noun
  1. Any medical device that clears or cleans out obstructions in tubes: More than 100,000 Americans had a surgical procedure known as carotid endartectomy, a kind of Roto-Rooter for cleaning out clogged arteries
  2. : The number of computers directly connected to the Internet is updated periodically by sending a computer program crawling around like a Roto-Rooter tallying the number of connections

[1980s+; fr a trademarked plumber's device for cleaning out clogged pipe]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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