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Clothes pin

A clamp used to hold clothes on a clothesline. In the early 1900s most of them were made by cutting a long slot in a wooden dowel about a half-inch in diameter and few inches long. Later, most of them were small clamps made of two pieces of wood and a metal spring. That same design is still used in the twenty-first century, but generally with plastic rather than wood parts, for keeping plastic bags closed.
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Noun1.Clothes pin - wood or plastic fastenerclothes pin - wood or plastic fastener; for holding clothes on a clothesline
fastening, holdfast, fastener, fixing - restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
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