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safety pin

a pin bent back on itself to form a spring, with a guard to cover the point.
Origin of safety pin


[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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Examples from the web for safety pin
  • Hold the sleeves together with a bobby pin or safety pin where the two sleeves of each item cross.
  • He wore a gold bracelet on his ankle and white trunks, fastened with a big gold safety pin.
  • Your graphic shows a safety pin that has pierced the facing left twine.
  • Mark each family member's towel with a safety pin threaded through a different colored bead.
  • It is often the case that name tags involve the deployment of a safety pin through one's lapel.
  • To adjust the angle, lift up on the handle while pressing the safety pin on the support bar.
  • If you use yarn or string, tie one end to a closed safety pin.
  • The seal insures the safety pin or locking device preventing accidental discharge.
  • In the picture below, see that each handle is secured with a safety pin.
  • The brooch was attached to the travelers' sweater by a chain and safety pin.
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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