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

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Most reusable straw companies recommend cleaning out the inside of your straws with a pipe cleaner, but realistically, who has the time for that? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Reusable Straw Has a Genius Cleaning Hack That’ll Blow Your Mind," 4 Apr. 2019 Then, raid your craft drawer for markers, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and more. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "6 Tips For Teen Babysitters That Are Totally Life-Changing," 21 Dec. 2018 Using green floral wire, wrap the eucalyptus around the soft pipe cleaner and floral wire base. Mark Kintzel, Good Housekeeping, "A Wedding Stylist's Guide To Making Your Own Beautiful Flower Crown At Home," 18 Sep. 2017 Following the video, above, first, completely wrap your floral stem wire with green pipe cleaners. Mark Kintzel, Good Housekeeping, "A Wedding Stylist's Guide To Making Your Own Beautiful Flower Crown At Home," 18 Sep. 2017 As part of the class, the Scouts and other students used recycled materials, pipe cleaners and markers to create bug crafts to take home. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kids gardening class focuses on Bugs ... community events," 4 May 2018 Long, squiggly strands of pipe cleaners meant to depict hair extended from the face’s top left corner, while an earring hung from the right ear. F. Amanda Tugade, chicagotribune.com, "'Celebration of the arts': Students, parents, professionals come together at annual west suburban expo," 30 Apr. 2018 Redbuds, my favorites, looked like someone had rolled sticky pipe cleaners in purple crepe paper. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In spring, a middle-aged man’s fancy turns to blossoms and batteries," 29 Apr. 2018 Hot glue the pipe cleaners near the clasp of the belt, framing the center like this: <|>. 5. Rachel Torgerson, Cosmopolitan, "Here’s How Your Harley Quinn Costume Can Be Better Than Everyone Else’s," 27 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of pipe cleaner

1861, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pipe cleaner

: a piece of wire that is covered with soft cloth and used to clean the inside of a tobacco pipe

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