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Barber pole



a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber’s former sideline of surgery.
Historical Examples

It is designed on the principle of the double stripes on a barber pole.
The Car That Went Abroad Albert Bigelow Paine

Also a cow with two calves—one a dark red one, and one spotted, even to its tail, that looked like a barber pole.
The Hollow Tree and Deep Woods Book Albert Bigelow Paine

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