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barber pole

or barber's pole

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noun
  1. a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber's former sideline of surgery.

Origin of barber pole

First recorded in 1675–85
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British Dictionary definitions for barber's pole

barber's pole

noun
  1. a sign outside a barber's shop consisting of a pole painted with red and white spiral stripes
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