plumber's snake

noun

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

Example Sentences

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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Cite this Entry

“Plumber's snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plumber%27s%20snake. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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