from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A power-machine used in clipping horses and sheep.
- noun A device for shearing rivets or plate-edges in ship-building: usually driven by air, and then known as a pneumatic clipping-machine.
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"When I left," said Bibbs, "I was 'on' what they call over there a 'clipping-machine,' in one of the 'by-products' departments, and that's what I'll be sent back to."
Her lip quivered and she gave every indication of an outbreak, for she was mortally afraid of that strange man and his still stranger clipping-machine.
"And I've done so well on that clipping-machine I believe I could work up to fifteen or even twenty a week at another job.