safety-pin

safety pin

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

Origin:
1855–60

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safety-pin

[seyf-tee-pin]
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.

Origin:
1915–20

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safety pin
 
n
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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