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  • n. Plural form of elastic.
  • n. A children's skipping game.


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  • Not long since a tribe just above us was paid off their annuities in shoddy blankets; they were bought back again with whisky, and another tribe was paid with the same blankets; and one agent took out several thousand "elastics" (girls know what I mean) to pay the Indians (among other things), and yet no wild Indian ever wore a stocking!

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  • Their ponytail holders or "elastics" are very well made and last longer that other brands.

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  • "There is a lot of slowdown, that is clear," said José Gonçalves, owner of JPC Elásticos SA, a Portuguese maker of specialty elastics for clothing.

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  • A few other items you may want to consider tossing in are a compact mirror, collapsible brush, hair elastics, bobby pins and safety pins.

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  • Still, there are plenty of bigger beads strewn on the floor around Lucy, plus some coins, hair elastics, a Super Ball.

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  • Jos é Gon ç alves , owner of JPC El á sticos SA, a Portuguese maker of specialty elastics for clothing and sportswear, says the recession sliced about 40% off his annual revenue, to around € 3 million, and he almost halved his work force, which now stands at 53.

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  • His whole stringy body gets into the search, hands and arms swimming through elastics and napkins and office detritus, legs dancing along.

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  • A few bits and pieces that a man with Shep's occupation knew could make the difference between satisfied self-sufficiency and disaster: duct tape; a selection of screws, bolts, and washers; silicon lubricant; plastic sealant; rubber bands (elastics, for N 'Hampshire old-timers like his father); and a small roll of binding wire.

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  •  This October afternoon — warm but overcast — each wore her hair in ponytails held by red elastics.

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  • On your wrist they sit very crinkly and strangely and the common passerby might mistake them for a set of old, weakened hair elastics.

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