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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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"It's not exactly a thingamabob," I said, "more of a thingamajig."
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs: The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl., offers grants to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions introducing young people to metal forming and fabricating careers in manufacturing, provides funding to organizations starting or expanding manufacturing camps for youth, and issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in manufacturing [ http://www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/].
Forms of visual media from other eras are now omnipresent in size and technological advances both in production and presentation--in concert halls and on theatre stages and proscenia, movie screens and projection, television, billboards, big-screen scoreboards with LED video, and all sorts of other electronic thingamajigs. Information delivered via visual means for the everyday consumer, whether by webcam or print comic book, and in specialized areas including medical diagnosis and treatment characterizes the continuing expansion of visual literacy in our world.
Shopkeeper Roland Pendry, who runs Thingamajigs in Clifton Street, knew the dead man as a customer and sometimes bought him eggs and milk to take home.
I'd guess this thinning is there to clear the Series-80 thingamajigs; but I don't know, never having worked on a Series-80.
Inside the building are smaller stores, including a food court equipped with wooden tables and chairs that resemble tree trunks, a video store that specializes in Asian movies, a makeup counter, a cellular phone vendor, a travel agency, and lil' thingamajigs, which specializes in smaller gifts.
He said: "That's the fishes and thingamajigs, isn't it?"
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.--Karen Dacko
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." So, if you're an ASO and still are a bit confused about our programs, read on.
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.
Sometimes these "doodads" and "thingamajigs" pan out and really help, but more often than not they are simply a waste of hard earned money that could be spent elsewhere.
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).
Sometimes he finds the marbles belonging to children from long ago, or perhaps screws or bolts or other rusty thingamajigs. But his favorite finds are roly-polys and ladybugs.