barber's pole


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barber's pole

n
a sign outside a barber's shop consisting of a pole painted with red and white spiral stripes
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Noun1.barber's pole - striped pole outside a barbershopbarber's pole - striped pole outside a barbershop  
visual signal - a signal that involves visual communication
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To be sure, a little way off I'll look like a walking barber's pole. Do you know that that Gilbert of yours has been elected Captain of the Freshman football team?"
The barber's pole I successfully extracted from David's mouth, but the difficulty (not foreseen) of knowing how to dispose of a barber's pole in the Kensington Gardens is considerable, there always being polite children hovering near who run after you and restore it to you.
I confess to having received a few simple lessons in conjuring, in a dimly lighted chamber beneath a shop, from a gifted young man with a long neck and a pimply face, who as I entered took a barber's pole from my pocket, saying at the same time, "Come, come, sir, this will never do." Whether because he knew too much, or because he wore a trick shirt, he was the most depressing person I ever encountered; he felt none of the artist's joy, and it was sad to see one so well calculated to give pleasure to thousands not caring a dump about it.
The barber's pole is visible in our historic picture and all the other traditional livery is there, namely the red and white paintwork offset by black.
They saw 'Hotel', they saw 'Free Garage', they saw 'Coffee Shop', they even saw the striped barber's pole. But, unprompted, they didn't notice a woman falling.
Pupils aged between four and seven learned maypole dances and performed them on the village green, weaving coloured braids as they performed the Barber's Pole and the more intricate Spider's Web while accompanied by accordion player Moira Clarke.