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:
1875–80

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safety catch
 
n
a device to prevent the accidental operation of a mechanism, e.g. in a firearm or lift

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Example sentences
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.
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