hair-pin

hairpin

[hair-pin]
noun
1.
a slender U -shaped piece of wire, shell, etc., used by women to fasten up the hair or hold a headdress.
adjective
2.
(of a road, curve in a road, etc.) sharply curved back, as in a U shape: a hairpin turn.

Origin:
1770–80; hair + pin

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hairpin (ˈhɛəˌpɪn)
 
n
1.  a thin double-pronged pin used by women to fasten the hair
2.  (modifier) (esp of a bend in a road) curving very sharply

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