One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mainspring in a watch.
- ‘It's function is to cause the proboscis to become coiled like a watch spring when not in use.’
- ‘It would not be surprising if he owned a watch at this time and that he acquired his data about watch springs in either acquiring a watch or in replacing a broken watch spring.’
- ‘Earring-Object is a Cubist-inspired, dangling accoutrement cobbled together from a watch spring and bits of found metal.’
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