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thingamajig

and thingy (ˈθɪŋəmədʒɪg and ˈθɪŋi)
n. a gadget for which the proper name has been forgotten or is unknown. Hand me that thingamajig with the copper base, will you?
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This spring they embark on a national tour of the hellishly fun Games of Steel (2005), a 75-minute dance/rock opera-esque game show set amid a playground of welded thingamajigs.
See how he settles into his stench and ruin (with his li'l motors, his li'l machines, his li'l thingamajigs, his li'l thingamabobs).
We receive phone calls weekly from newly trained ASOs asking to be scheduled for "one of those aviation-safety-cultural-survey-workshop thingamajigs.
Bud Livingston writes from Glendale, NY, that we fell into a common error: "Note 11 [to "Whatsisnames and Thingamajigs," VERBATIM XXIX/2] refers to the Civil War cameraman, Brady.
If you tell a mine manager in Chile that you supply pink thingamajigs to a mine in Sudbury, you will probably be asked to demonstrate how they work.
These are just some of the questions that students might ask to solve the picture puzzles in Object Mysteries: Using Critical Questioning to Identify Thingamajigs, Doohickeys, and Gadgets (ISBN 0-89455-797-1).
As integral to the story as it is ingenious, the sets are so cool to look at that you can almost forgive director Steve Beck for all of the redundant, time-marking shots of empty corridors, whirring/whirling thingamajigs and sliding, translucent walls with which he pads out the final cut.
Sometimes he finds the marbles belonging to children from long ago, or perhaps screws or bolts or other rusty thingamajigs.
Linton Weeks in the Post's "Book World" writes that "Publishers are enamored of battery-powered thingamajigs like the Rocket eBook and the SoftBook Reader, because they can continue to control the distribution of their books and because electronic delivery is infinitesimally simpler and cheaper than the traditional printing and delivery processes.
Future inventors will enjoy the Doodad Dump, where materials donated by various local industries can be glued together to form an infinite variety of thingamajigs and whatchamacallits.
In addition, over the past four years, the CNA Foundation has supported 27 summer manufacturing camps for Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs (NBT), FMA's educational foundation.
An odd assortment of domestic artifacts, art materials and other thingamajigs make for curious assemblages that highlight the interrelated dynamics among scale, balance and shape in Calceta's new collection.
Instead, he co-founded Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, a foundation dedicated to introducing young people to manufacturing and trade careers.
Using a $4,000 grant from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, QCC will implement its summer program in August.