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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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|Noun||1.||clothes pin - wood or plastic fastener; for holding clothes on a clothesline|
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