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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Illustration of alligator clip

Examples of alligator clip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keeping a personal glass tip in your pocket is the new alligator clip. Ricardo Baca, Rolling Stone, 21 Jan. 2022 Divide hair into four even quadrants and secure the sections with large alligator clips. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, 10 Apr. 2020 When the cable reaches the end of the main beam, mark that spot with an alligator clip. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 2 Dec. 2019 Open an elevator phone cabinet, attach alligator clips to the phone line, attach your own phone and call 1-800-444-4444, which reads your number back to you. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 9 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 23 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of alligator clip

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Alligator clip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alligator%20clip. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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