pipe cleaner
noun Date: 1870 something used to clean the inside of a pipe; specifically a piece of flexible wire in which tufted fabric is twisted and which is used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pipe-cleaner — pipeˈ cleaner noun A length of wire with tufts of fabric twisted into it, used to clean pipe stems • • • Main Entry: ↑pipe * * * pipe cleaner UK US noun [countable/uncountable] [singular pipe cleaner plural …   Useful english dictionary

  • pipe cleaner — pipe cleaners N COUNT A pipe cleaner is a piece of wire covered with a soft substance which is used to clean a tobacco pipe …   English dictionary

  • pipe cleaner — pipe .cleaner n a length of wire covered with soft material, used to clean the inside of a tobacco pipe …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pipe cleaner — ► NOUN ▪ a piece of wire covered with fibre, used to clean a tobacco pipe …   English terms dictionary

  • pipe cleaner — n. a short length of thin wires twisted so as to hold tiny tufts of yarn and used to clean the stem of a tobacco pipe, etc …   English World dictionary

  • pipe-cleaner — pipe ,cleaner noun count or uncount a piece of wire covered with a soft substance, used for cleaning tobacco pipes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Pipe cleaner — A plain white pipe cleaner. A pipe cleaner or chenille stem is a type of brush originally intended for cleaning dottle from smoking pipes. Besides cleaning pipes, they can be used for any application that calls for cleaning out small bores or… …   Wikipedia

  • pipe cleaner — noun cleaning implement consisting of a flexible tufted wire that is used to clean a pipe stem • Hypernyms: ↑cleaning implement, ↑cleaning device, ↑cleaning equipment * * * noun, pl ⋯ ers [count] : a piece of wire that is covered with soft cloth… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pipe-cleaner — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms pipe cleaner : singular pipe cleaner plural pipe cleaners a piece of wire covered with a soft substance, used for cleaning tobacco pipes …   English dictionary

  • pipe cleaner — pipe′ clean er n. cvb 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 • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

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