doohickey

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doohickey

A name for a gadget or thing whose actual name is unknown or has been forgotten. Where's that doohickey? I need it to finish this repair. Hand me that doohickey or whatever it's called, will you?

doojigger

A name for a gadget or thing whose actual name is unknown or has been forgotten. Where's that doojigger? I need it to finish this repair. Hand me that doojigger or whatever it's called, will you?

doojigger

and doohickey and doohickie (ˈdudʒɪgɚ and ˈduhɪki)
n. a name for a gadget. Toss me that little red doohickey, will you?

doohickey

verb

whatchamacallit

(ˈʍətʃəməˈkɑlɪt)
n. a name for a person or thing whose real name has been forgotten or is being avoided. I lost my—you know—my whatchamacallit—my watch!

whatchamacallit

Something whose name is not known or has been forgotten. A slangy alteration of “what you may call it,” it dates from the first quarter of the twentieth century. For example, “He’s got that new gadget on his car, a whatchamacallit—oh, a GPS.” Similar if not quite synonymous terms are doohickey and thingamabob, dating from about the same time. For example, “The Digital Book System . . . a doohickey slightly bigger than a cassette box—that stores the equivalent of 10 Bibles” (Newsweek, December 7, 1992).
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Usually during this time of the year, supermarket equipment manufacturers are tripping over themselves to introduce their latest and greatest doohickeys to operators, planners and designers.
Others demonstrated doohickeys that can be attached to television sets to view photos taken with digital cameras.
Build cubbyholes for your doohickeys and use mounting bolts with Wing-Nuts for easy removal of the chop saw.
My administrative and accounts 'stuff' consists of just three sturdy ring binders, plus said hole-punch, a stapler, a desk calculator and poly pockets, plus the doohickeys (sentinels?
According to Judith O'Connor, executive director of the Millbury Council on Aging, sometimes whippersnappers can teach an elder a thing or two about newfangled doohickeys. And with the holiday now past, it's time for instructions on email accounts, iPod operations and gift gadgets of all kinds.
The rubber face masks are back, along with brain bombs and all manner of doohickeys that let you leap tall buildings at a single bound, while the screenplay constantly throws in those "impossible" feats of derring-do.
NASA's growing reliance on antiquated doohickeys is a measure of how far its star has fallen - that and the amazing pace at which PC sys-tems develop.
On many Internet search engines, there is a rich literature on the conversion of war technologies into peacetime doohickeys. Of course, we would not even have an Internet if it weren't for the MIT engineers hired by the Pentenron to improve their communication system.
Are they really almost the same as men, except for a few different sex-organ doohickeys?
It is made out of various forms of metal tubing: bicycle handlebars, the probe-head of a vacuum cleaner, part of a ski pole, the burner mechanism of a gas stove, and all sorts of other doohickeys. Essentially, it looks like a big Cubist collage.
With craft you could probably plot a fairly accurate graph, from the moment some exec tables the idea of "the great British wood whittle" via the massive spike in national sales of grinders and chisels, to the peak incidence of family members being gifted whittled doohickeys, to the point at which the spike hits the behemoth that is eBay and the search term "lathe" gets 6,000 hits.
WORCESTER - With the use of mechanical arms, empty paper towel rolls, motorized lifts and other inspired doohickeys, would-be WALL-Es were bending it like Beckham yesterday afternoon at the Savage Soccer robotics competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
They not only have loos with automatic lids, built-in deodorisers, heated seats and doohickeys to cover up embarrassing sounds but even something to give you a massage while you're sat there.
So there I was, feeling all glowy, when the weekend came around, and I finally went to buy my new iPad (other tablet-sized computer-ish doohickeys are available).