One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of cloth tape bearing the name of a person, fixed to a garment of theirs to identify it.
- ‘None of them wore name tapes on the uniform, none wore rank insignia.’
- ‘Our military leaders couldn't decide whether name tapes should be sewn straight across the jungle fatigue shirt or slanted over the pockets.’
- ‘The Cold War saw starched olive green - 107 fatigues, with name tapes and US ARMY added by 1954.’
- ‘No need to play it, just watch it - it's brilliant for passing the hours when, in the middle of your life, you find that you have a lot of name tapes to sew on.’
- ‘And so I pontificated for six weeks until, precisely 12 hours before the Munchkin was due to skip merrily through the school gates, I found myself furiously ironing name tapes into the back of gym shorts.’
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