- a short length of twisted flexible wires covered with tufted fabric, used to clean the stem of a smoker's pipe and for various handicrafts.
Origin of pipe cleaner
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for pipe cleaner
The first pipe-cleaner man was shinnying up the power cable.
Improvising tweezers from a pipe-cleaner, he picked this up and looked at it.Murder in the Gunroom
Henry Beam Piper
And so when the officious flapper presented him with a white feather he had no use for it except as a pipe-cleaner.
There, on the ground, was a sharpened black tooth, pierced by a piece of pipe-cleaner wire.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
A pipe-cleaner man happened upon a shard after a moment and hugged it to his chest, then toddled back into the box with it.
- a short length of thin wires twisted so as to hold tiny tufts of yarn: used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe
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