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safety pin

a pin bent back on itself to form a spring, with a guard to cover the point.
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[seyf-tee-pin] /ˈseɪf tiˌpɪn/
verb (used with object), safety-pinned, safety-pinning.
to secure or affix with a safety pin:
to safety-pin a child's mittens to his coat sleeve.
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The applied device has two staples for attachment, and the plate proper is fitted with a safety pin on the reverse.

    American Military Insignia 1800-1851 J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.
  • When the grenade is to be thrown the safety pin is withdrawn.

  • Marco had a safety pin for me at once; he kept emergency ones in his shirt-front.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Was it not the safety pin that made the world safe for infancy?

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • These are only a few of the uses of the safety pin on the trail.

  • Which was fifty-five cents and a key and a safety pin more than some folk had that Monday morning in New York.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • They've all only got one string, you will find a safety pin somewhere, I have it pinned gen'rally.

    Anxious Audrey Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • It contained a large round leather disk to which a safety pin had been sewn.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for safety pin

safety pin

a spring wire clasp with a covering catch, made so as to shield the point when closed and to prevent accidental unfastening
another word for pin (sense 9)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for safety pin



1857, from safety + pin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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