alligator clip

noun

Definition of alligator clip 

: a spring-loaded clip that has jaws resembling an alligator's and is used for making temporary electrical connections

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Mueller became famous for designing the alligator clip, which became his business--producing about 100,000 clips and 33,000 insulators daily in the '60s. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Historic electric building reinvented as Mueller Lofts: Apartment of the week," 11 Apr. 2018 Wallace then mounts the plan on an alligator clip to guide him along his routes, some which run up to 20 miles—not an easy spin on a mountain bike on the streets of Baltimore. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Pedaling pictures: The art and science of GPS doodling," 23 Feb. 2018

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1935, in the meaning defined above

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