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[pley-pen] /ˈpleɪˌpɛn/

a small enclosure, usually portable, in which a young child can safely alone without constant supervision.
(defs 2, 3).
a small enclosure, usually portable, in which a young child can be left to play in safety

(IBM) A room where programmers work.
Compare salt mines.
[Jargon File]


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