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safety catch

a device used in mechanisms, as for elevators, to prevent falling in the event of mechanical failure.
safety (def 4).
Origin of safety catch
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Have Tillie come in and pin it on you with the safety-catch.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • He had quite forgotten it—the safety-catch was out of order.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • Then without a word Hubbard took it up, glanced at the safety-catch and slid back the breach.

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • When it is necessary to descend, a pull on the trip-rope releases a safety-catch and the saddle goes down.

    Careers of Danger and Daring Cleveland Moffett
  • In the corner of the bridge he crouched down, his thumb on the safety-catch.

    Sanders of the River Edgar Wallace
  • Two days ago, Stanton had his finger fairly on the trigger, but a friend of mine stepped in and snapped the safety-catch.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • The doctor turned with a howl of rage, snatched up the pistol which lay on the table, and thumbed down the safety-catch.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • In suddenly reversing the current, an excess blew out the safety-catch, causing a big noise and a blinding flash of light.

British Dictionary definitions for safety-catch

safety catch

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