pipe cleaner


Definition of pipe cleaner

: something used to clean the inside of a pipe specifically : a piece of flexible wire in which tufted fabric is twisted and which is used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe

Examples of pipe cleaner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cut eight 1- to 2-inch lengths of black pipe cleaner and glue to the back of the button with hot glue with four on each side; shape into legs. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 18 July 2022 The works are on show together for the very first time and include a series of the artist’s pipe cleaner animals and examples of his colour chart series. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Secure the pipe cleaner with hot glue and trim any excess using cutting pliers ($5, Walmart). Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2021 If the clog remains, try using a biodegradable, non-corrosive pipe cleaner ($12, Target) or a household cleaner like hydrogen peroxide to flush out the drain. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 May 2021 Finish by gluing on a pom-pom nose and pipe cleaner whiskers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 1 Mar. 2021 Use a pipe cleaner to clear these holes out, and keep the car’s nooks and crannies dry. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2020 Fold the fourth pipe cleaner in half and add a small curve to create the antennae. ExpressNews.com, 28 Aug. 2020 Adding a wire to your homemade mask is easy as pie; slip a length of pipe cleaner into the top seam. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pipe cleaner

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pipe cleaner was in 1861

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25 Jul 2022

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“Pipe cleaner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipe%20cleaner. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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