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Difference between Candy stripe and Candy striper

candy stripea print of fine red stripes on a white background (the pattern found on peppermint candy):

  • The door was answered by a woman dressed in jeans and a candy-stripe shirt several sizes too big for her.

candy striper—(U.S. sl.) a young woman who is a volunteer nurse’s aid in a hospital:

  • Carol followed the young candystriper across the lobby but couldn’t keep up; her legs were still shaky.