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[klohz-pin, klohth z-, klohs-] /ˈkloʊzˌpɪn, ˈkloʊðz-, ˈkloʊs-/
a device, such as a forked piece of wood or plastic, for fastening articles to a clothesline.
Origin of clothespin
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; clothes + pin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Her driver went astraddle of it and stuck there like a clothes-pin on a line.

  • Her head is set on her neck like a clothes-pin, only she is squattier than a clothes-pin.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
  • Awkwardly, Lynn gilded the clothes-pin and suspended it from the back of a chair to dry.

    The Master's Violin Myrtle Reed
  • You could have knocked me down with a clothes-pin aimed by a infant.

    Samantha at Coney Island Marietta Holley
  • As I passed this party, I saw behind the lady's chair a maid, with a clothes-pin in her hand, and no nose.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • Look here, what YOU want ain't a pen, but a clothes-pin and a split nail!

    Cressy Bret Harte
  • Not that I am the author of the clothes-wringing machine, or of the spring clothes-pin,—my influence has been more subtile.

  • Our English friend rode cockney fashion; that is, not much unlike a clothes-pin, or a pair of compasses, astride a line.

    The South-West Jonathon Holt Ingraham
  • Push that very hard with a clothes-pin and there'll be a hole through the shingle;—that's right!

    Susanna and Sue Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • To avoid giving out fresh napkins at every meal, write each name on a spring clothes-pin and pin to the napkin.

    Food and Health Anonymous
Word Origin and History for clothes-pin

also clothespin, by 1834, American English, from clothes + pin (n.). Clothes-peg in the same sense attested from 1812.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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