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safety pin

noun
1.
a pin bent back on itself to form a spring, with a guard to cover the point.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60

safety-pin

[seyf-tee-pin] /ˈseɪf tiˌpɪn/
verb (used with object), safety-pinned, safety-pinning.
1.
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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British Dictionary definitions for safety-pin

safety pin

noun
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 (sense 9)
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Word Origin and History for safety-pin
n.

1857, from safety + pin (n.).

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