- a flat wire or plastic clip shaped so that it can hold sheets of paper between two of its loops.
- a spring clamp for holding papers.
Origin of paper clip
First recorded in 1870–75
- to fasten together with one or more paper clips: Paper-clip these letters and file them.
Origin of paper-clip
First recorded in 1960–65
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He handed Alan a small, desiccated lump, like a black bean pierced with a paperclip wire.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
- a clip for holding sheets of paper together, esp one made of bent wire