clothes·​pin | \ ˈklōz-ˌpin How to pronounce clothespin (audio) also ˈklōt͟hz- \

Definition of clothespin

: a forked piece of wood or plastic or a small spring clamp used for fastening clothes on a clothesline

Examples of clothespin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bed Bath & Beyond has a personalized grandparents clothespin wall display ($30.99). oregonlive, "Grandparents Day: Ways to say ‘I love you’ even if you’re not together on Sunday," 8 Sep. 2020 Finally, pinch the clothespin again and replace the antennae., "San Antonio Parks and Recreation teaches kids to make clothespin bugs," 28 Aug. 2020 Take a film canister, glue a clothespin to the outside, and stuff a cotton ball inside. The Editors, Field & Stream, "12 Wildly Inventive Hunting Tips," 24 Aug. 2020 Fasten the top of a strip (the side farthest from the marker line) to the pencil with a binder clip or clothespin. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Chromatography: Be a Color Detective," 14 May 2015 In some places, the tape wasn’t enough and people kept playing anyway, so city officials clamped rims shut with two-by-fours that look like giant clothespins, tied the nets up in a knot or removed the rims altogether. Los Angeles Times, "Nico Naismith is bringing basketball back to L.A. one homemade hoop at a time," 30 May 2020 Michaels craft stores show how to make 100 projects from just 10 items like common clothespins and pom-poms. oregonlive, "Make a pretty, homemade gift for Mother’s Day with crayons and other stuff kids already have," 30 Apr. 2020 In a former grieving room, dozens of paper bags are hanging on a line, clipped with clothespins. Mike Baker, New York Times, "A ‘Liberty’ Rebellion in Idaho Threatens to Undermine Coronavirus Orders," 7 Apr. 2020 Her call to confession from the Weld pulpit would have been too bracing in Phillips, an economically struggling town where defunct factories no longer churn out clothespins, matches, or shoes. G. Jeffrey Macdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pastor-sharing: For clergy, a holy hustle and labor of love," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of clothespin

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clothespin was in 1833

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13 Sep 2020

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“Clothespin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clothespin

US : a small object used for holding clothes on a clothesline


clothes·​pin | \ ˈklōz-ˌpin How to pronounce clothespin (audio) , ˈklōt͟hz- \

Kids Definition of clothespin

: a small object used for holding clothes in place on a line

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