bobby pin

a flat, springlike metal hairpin having the prongs held close together by tension.

1935–40, Americanism; perhaps Bobby (proper name), by association with bobbed hair (see bob2), in which such pins are used Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
bobby pin
(US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ) hairgrip, Brit terms: kirby grip a metal hairpin bent in order to hold the hair in place

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Word Origin & History

bobby pin
1936, from dim. of bob (2) + pin.
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Example sentences
Hold the sleeves together with a bobby pin or safety pin where the two sleeves of each item cross.
Make sure the bobby pin is on the correct side of the button back.
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