candy striper

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candy striper

A volunteer worker in a hospital.

[From the resemblance of the volunteer's red and white striped uniform to a candy cane.]
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can′dy strip`er

a volunteer worker at a hospital, esp. a teenager.
[1960–65; so called from the red and white striped uniform often worn]
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Noun1.candy striper - a volunteer worker in a hospitalcandy striper - a volunteer worker in a hospital  
unpaid worker, volunteer - a person who performs voluntary work
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My parents encouraged me to volunteer as a 'candy striper' to gain greater awareness of the care provided by nurses.
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