paper clip


Definition of paper clip

: a length of wire bent into flat loops that is used to hold papers together

Examples of paper clip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some phones require you to stick something into a tiny hole to do this and a small paper clip usually does the trick. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 The entrance needle under the brewer head can also be cleaned with a paper clip, but has two holes that need to be cleaned. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 First, sterilize a paper clip by putting it over a flame and heating the tip. Jeff Gaudette, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2021 Skipper’s mission was modeled after that of Kyle MacDonald, who in 2006 traded a red paper clip all the way to a house. NBC News, 14 Dec. 2021 Beyond the petition, social-media commentators have been likening the distinctive design to a pretzel, a paper clip and a balloon animal. Matthew J. Palm,, 2 Aug. 2021 Microsoft's iconic but polarizing virtual assistant first appeared in Windows 97 as a small paper clip to help Microsoft Office users. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 15 July 2021 Vogue stylist Gabriella Karefa-Johnson dressed Bieber in a black cardigan secured only by a tiny gold button and a large gold paper clip at the breastbone for a recent beach fashion shoot in the magazine. Eliza Huber,, 9 July 2021 Remember Clippy, that irksome little anthropomorphic paper clip that use to pop into your Word document and disrupt your train of thought? Allison Morrow, CNN, 15 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of paper clip

1851, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Paper clip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of paper clip

: a piece of bent wire used to hold sheets of paper together


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