barber pole

or barber's pole


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for barber's pole

barber's pole


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