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hook and eye

noun
1.
a two-piece clothes fastener, usually of metal, consisting of a hook that catches onto a loop or bar.
2.
a three-piece latching device consisting of a hook attached to a screw eye or an eyebolt and a separate screw eye or eyebolt that the hook engages as it bridges a gap, as one between a door and a jamb or a gate and a gatepost.
3.
Also called eyehook. the two-piece portion of such a device consisting of a hook and a screw eye.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30
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  • Then put the hook and eye gate latches on the other ends so that the sections latch together.
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  • Raccoons can open roofs kept shut with a hook and eye.
  • The waistband closure shall be accomplished with a crush proof hook and eye.
  • Closure at waist has crush-proof reinforced hook and eye.
British Dictionary definitions for hook and eye

hook and eye

noun
1.
a fastening for clothes consisting of a small hook hooked onto a small metal or thread loop
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