make-and-break

[meyk-uh n-breyk]
adjective
  1. noting or pertaining to a device, operated by an electric current, for automatically opening or closing a circuit once it has been closed or opened by a mechanical springlike device, as in a doorbell.

Origin of make-and-break

First recorded in 1855–60
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