Dynamic movieclip naming

i’ve got 48 small movieclips named “1clip”, “2clip”, etc. all the way up to “48clip.”

I want to do something with them all and use a loop to affect them all the same way.

i tried this:

for(i=0; i<49 ; i++){
	_root.lClip = "clip"+i;

but that doesn’t seem to work. are variables and instance names interchangeable? my lClip var traces out of course, but the lClip.imagHolder.loadMovie never happens (clip inside the clip).

any idears?