baling wire

noun

Definition of baling wire

: wire originally designed to bind bales of hay or straw : haywire … were secured … by baling wire twisted through the padlock hasps.— Robert A. Caro often used figurativelyInjury-riddled Michigan State might be considered a powerhouse, except its team is being held together with chewing gum and baling wire.— Lynn Zinse

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Recent Examples on the Web There’s not enough chewing gum and baling wire to hold Tiger Woods together for his charge at Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus won 18 majors. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Tiger, Tiger, burning out? Woods is scuffling at the PGA Championship," 7 Aug. 2020 Forget about bungee cords, nylon straps and baling wire. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Scouting interesting stuff to make hunts more fun," 12 Sep. 2019 The Brewers held together a depleted rotation with spit and baling wire, relied heavily on the bullpen and tried to eke out enough runs from an offense that was too reliant on home runs to score. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Falling just short of playoff berth provides extra motivation for overachieving Brewers," 7 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of baling wire

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Baling wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baling%20wire. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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