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A rubber band.
- ‘I rolled it up, secured it with an elastic band, and propped it safely in the corner behind the door against his return.’
- ‘I fixed it with rubber elastic bands to reduce vibrations and noise.’
- ‘I WAS stood on the edge of this cable car with a huge elastic band round my ankles.’
- ‘Eric McMellon was trimming a tree when he stumbled on more than 100 letters tied up in an elastic band on Sunday afternoon.’
- ‘On some farms an elastic band is put round the bird's neck to stop it throwing up the food.’
- ‘When I was delivering leaflets in Liden, I found literally hundreds of elastic bands in the area, and friends have all had the same experience.’
- ‘Subsisting on a diet of bathroom water I could tolerate, but a diet of manilla envelopes and elastic bands I could not.’
- ‘In 1845, Britain's Stephen Perry invented the elastic band.’
- ‘She waltzed in on my day off like she owned the place, stole my desk by the window and binned my priceless collection of elastic bands.’
- ‘He said his suspicions deepened when he noticed the elastic bands round the ballot papers had been removed.’
- ‘Tolerance, however, rather like an elastic band, can only be stretched so far before it breaks.’
- ‘The kids played football with bags rolled up in elastic bands, in bare feet.’
- ‘He was like an elastic band and he had a phenomenal engine, which was perfect for the game we played.’
- ‘Alternatively, cover the pots with a polythene bag held in place with an elastic band and put out of the sun in a sheltered part of the garden.’
- ‘In a normal joint, the ligaments are like tight elastic bands holding the bones apart, while the bones themselves have a protective coating of cartilage.’
- ‘Among the tasks they took part in was the challenge to construct a giant pyramid out of wooden dowel and elastic bands.’
- ‘We have just developed a new cutting technique where you tie the hair up in elastic bands and then cut it and get this amazing shaggy effect.’
- ‘Here were the lower halves of trouser-legs with elastic bands to hold them in position between knee and ankle.’
- ‘Each family had to make a model cotton-reel tank, powered by an elastic band, and were allowed three attempts to fire the tank as close to a target as possible.’
- ‘I do need to find a stout elastic band, however, to hold the book closed in my bag.’
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