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alligator clip

noun, Electricity.
a type of terminal for making temporary electrical connections, consisting of a cliplike device with long, narrow jaws that resemble those of an alligator.
Also called alligator clamp.
Origin of alligator clip
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When he had pulled the alligator clip, the board had showed red.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He couldn't control his fingers accurately yet, and he made several attempts to pull the alligator clip off the terminal post.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin

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