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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In particular, the pens, paper clips and notepads at the office! Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "Cool, Small Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Office," 20 Apr. 2011 Emrata told Jimmy Fallon in an appearance on The Tonight Show that Sebastian proposed over dinner at Minetta Tavern, with a ring fashioned out of a paper clip from their dinner bill. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Just Revealed Her Engagement Ring–Five Months After Her Surprise Wedding," 12 July 2018 The result looked like a colorful crown made of paper clips. Allure, "Lisa of Blackpink Just Wore a Crown of Paper Clips in Her Hair," 16 July 2018 Add a standard paper clip beside the nose to balance the weight of the thinner nose with the plane's wide wings. Barnaby Waifan, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make the Best Paper Airplane," 2 Aug. 2017 In a bizarre online trend, teens are posting how-to videos showing people how to make braces out of homemade supplies, like hair bands, paper clips, and super glue, according to ABC 13. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "The Horrifying DIY Braces Trend Needs to Stop," 1 Nov. 2016 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

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paper clip

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

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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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