: a forked piece of wood or plastic or a small spring clamp used for fastening clothes on a clothesline.
(In the 1940s and ’50s, it was apparently fairly commonplace for mothers to put clothespins on their sons’ penises in order to discourage masturbation. Stephen King, who authored the book 11.22. 63, uses the clothespin theory to account for the psychosis of serial killer Ted Bundy.)
After Trump’s election to office, some citizens began wearing safety pins on their clothing to tacitly indicate their support for marginalized groups who may now feel threatened: People of color, the LGBTQ community, women, people with disabilities, and so on.
In Australia it’s called a clothes-peg.
Traditionally, a clothes peg, or clothespin, was a very basic wooden stick carved with a slit in the end, which was simply pushed over the washing to fix it to the line, and was called a ‘dolly peg’.
A closing pin is a curved piece of stainless steel metal used in the sport of skydiving. The pin is sewn onto the bridle, which is a 7- to 10-foot-long piece of nylon webbing connected to the pilot chute.
Luckily, the first shot misses, and Jake bursts into the room yelling Lee’s name. This makes him miss the fateful shot, and he turns his gun on Jake. There’s a scuffle, and it ends with Jake shooting Lee in the heart with his own gun. However, he also discovers that one of Lee’s errant shots has hit Sadie.
It was the first pin to have a clasp and spring action and Hunt claimed that it was designed to keep fingers safe from injury, hence the name.
One of the most common stories is that it was named after the C-47 plane, which is an extremely versatile plane was used during World War II. Clothespins are versatile tools around a film set, so it was theorized that the clothespin was named after the military plane.
In the USA a thong is a piece of underwear. In Australia, it’s what they call flip-flops. Sometimes they also call them “double-pluggers”.
They are called thongs (sometimes pluggers) in Australia, jandals (originally a trademarked name derived from “Japanese sandals”) in New Zealand, slops or “plakkies” in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and tsinelas in the Philippines (or, in some Visayan localities, “smagol”, from the word smuggled).
The first design that resembles the modern clothespin was patented in 1853 by David M. Smith, a prolific Vermont inventor. Smith also invented a combination lock, a “lathe dog” (a machine part for shaping metal) and a lifting spring for matchboxes.
The washing dolly is also known as a dolly-peg, dolly-pin or peggy-stick. It was used in the nineteenth century, usually with hot water and soap to clean clothes. Larger houses would have had an oven known as a copper for heating water for the laundry.
The second hole in most clothespins is much smaller than the first hole to make it possible to hang items made of thinner fabric and not have that item slip on the line.