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safety catch

noun
1.
a device used in mechanisms, as for elevators, to prevent falling in the event of mechanical failure.
2.
safety (def 4).
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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Examples from the web for safety catch
  • Calmly he aimed his rifle at the congregation, switched the safety catch to automatic fire, and pulled the trigger.
  • Plug the electrical cord into the trailer and fasten the safety catch.
  • The tank lids must lock open with a positive safety catch.
  • If not available, improvise by inserting a screwdriver into the well and depressing the safety catch.
  • On the back is a pin, without safety catch, for fastening the badge.
  • To raise, place in desired location and open ladder, engaging safety catch.
  • Tie downs for wheelchairs are to consist of a leverage lock with a safety catch requiring physical unlatching.
  • Using the cup holder, lower the locking handle, ensuring that the safety catch engages.
  • safety catch shall be provided to prevent battery tray from sliding against battery door while bus is in motion.
  • Open hood and inspect safety catch for proper operation.
British Dictionary definitions for safety catch

safety catch

noun
1.
a device to prevent the accidental operation of a mechanism, e.g. in a firearm or lift
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