plumber's snake


: a long flexible rod or cable usually of steel that is used to free clogged pipes

Examples of plumber's snake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the clog remains after plunging and cleaning the trap, then buy or rent a drain-cleaning tool called a hand auger (plumber's snake). Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plumber's snake was in 1938

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“Plumber's snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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