paper clip


Definition of paper clip 

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

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Throw away your ejector pins and paper clips, iPhone users. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Hello eSIM: Apple moves the iPhone away from physical SIMs," 12 Sep. 2018 To make curly pieces, roll a few and secure with paper clips until dry. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Young Camille takes out a paper clip and is about to slice into the woman's hand . . . Emily Yahr,, "'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,, "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

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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

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

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