paper clip

noun

Definition of paper clip 

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

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Young Camille takes out a paper clip and is about to slice into the woman's hand . . . Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "'Sharp Objects' premiere features one major difference from Gillian Flynn's novel," 9 July 2018 Young Camille kneels down next to her, grabs a paper clip, peels back the top loop and then carefully, and purposefully, digs it into her hand. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 Four patients obtained screws, paper clips, and a razor from a pencil sharpener and used them to harm themselves, the records say. Fred Clasen-kelly, Julianna Rennie And Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Teen alleges psych center therapist was 'touching me in a way I hated,' NC report says," 27 June 2018 Place one in a desk drawer as a holder for paper clips and small items. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Readers react to ‘dress code’," 24 June 2018 The newlyweds' wedding story was sweetly unconventional, from Bear-McClard's proposal with a paper clip (yes, really) to Ratajkowski's mustard yellow bridal look. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Shuts Down Critics Who Say Her Marriage Won't Last," 11 May 2018 This generally involves using a paper clip or thumb tack to hold down a button on the back of the device for 5 seconds. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices," 25 May 2018 There were forms, too: three stacks, held together by paper clips. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Yes, It’s Tax Day and You’re Still Doing Returns for Your Adult Children," 16 Apr. 2018 In the meantime, Rebecca used a paper clip to force open the lock to the bedroom door. Dave Itzkoff, HWD, "Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams," 8 May 2018

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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paper clip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paper clip

: a piece of wire bent into flat loops that is used to hold sheets of paper together

paper clip

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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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