thingamabob

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thing·a·ma·bob

or thing·u·ma·bob  (thĭng′ə-mə-bŏb′) also thing·um·bob (thĭng′əm-bŏb′)
n. Informal
A thingamajig.

[Alteration of thingumbob : obsolete thingum (from thing) + bob.]

thingamabob

(ˈθɪŋəməˌbɒb) or

thingamybob

n
informal a person or thing the name of which is unknown, temporarily forgotten, or deliberately overlooked. Also: thingamajig, thingamyjig or thingamy
[C18: from thing1, with humorous suffix]

thing•a•ma•jig

or thing•u•ma•jig

(ˈθɪŋ ə məˌdʒɪg)

n.
a thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name.
[1870–75; thingum or thingummy (based on thing1) + jig1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thingamabob - something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not knownthingamabob - something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known; "she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket"; "there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use"
stuff - miscellaneous unspecified objects; "the trunk was full of stuff"
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Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs: Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International in Elgin, raises donations to award scholarships of up to $3,500 to deserving students pursuing a degree in the manufacturing industry.
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Too often, however, it takes only a few years of practice, plus a taste of the good life for this consuming passion to sink without a trace in the deep rugs of a well-appointed law office, amid the staccato clatter of top-of-the-line thingamajigs and the hum of multi-horse-powered air conditioners.
So grab your Arduino Uno and start putting together Star Wars themed thingamajigs.
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This must be Ongpin's annex, for in this cluster of stores one finds goods and services of the kind not offered by Ongpin: dimsum, laundry, paper supplies, pipes for plumbers, paints, computer thingamajigs, automotive parts, Hello Kitty and her ilk, textiles - a warren of wonders kept from strangers' wandering eyes.
A little boy and girl were playing with Tinker Toy-like thingamajigs, the embodiment of innocence.
I think it's on your side of the medicine cabinet right near that battery-operated doohickey you have for trimming the hairs in your nose," she said, fortunately not taking me up on my distinction between thingamabobs and thingamajigs.
To the Editor: Some time ago I wrote you to, and you were kind enough to publish my views on the need for a return to practical work in college curricula, following a thought-provoking article about John Ratzenberger and his foundation, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (Letters, November 2010; original article, Input Output, April 2010).