safety pin

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

1855–60 Unabridged


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
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World English Dictionary
safety pin
1.  a spring wire clasp with a covering catch, made so as to shield the point when closed and to prevent accidental unfastening
2.  another word for pin

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Example sentences
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.
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