hook and eye
noun Date: circa 1626 a 2-part fastening device (as on a garment or a door) consisting of a metal hook that catches over a bar or into a loop

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  • Hook and eye — Hook Hook (h[oo^]k; 277), n. [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D. haak, G. hake, haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake, Dan. hage. Cf. {Arquebuse}, {Hagbut}, {Hake}, {Hatch} a half door, {Heckle}.] 1. A piece of metal, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hook and eye — hook′ and eye′ n. 1) clo a two piece clothes fastener, consisting of a hook and a loop or bar caught by the hook 2) bui a latching device consisting of a hook that is inserted into an eyebolt, as between a door and a jamb • Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • hook and eye — n [U] a small metal hook and ring used for fastening clothes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hook and eye — noun count two small pieces for fastening clothes, consisting of a hook and a round part …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hook and eye — ► NOUN ▪ a small metal hook and loop used to fasten a garment …   English terms dictionary

  • hook and eye — n. a device for fastening clothes, etc., consisting of a small loop and a hook that catches on it …   English World dictionary

  • hook and eye — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hook and eye : singular hook and eye plural hooks and eyes two small pieces for fastening clothes, consisting of a hook and a round part …   English dictionary

  • hook-and-eye — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: hook and eye : having religious scruples against the wearing of buttons a hook and eye sect …   Useful english dictionary

  • hook and eye — 1. a two piece clothes fastener, usually of metal, consisting of a hook that catches onto a loop or bar. 2. a three piece latching device consisting of a hook attached to a screw eye or an eyebolt and a separate screw eye or eyebolt that the hook …   Universalium

  • hook and eye — noun A matched hook and an eye , used for temporary fastening …   Wiktionary

  • hook and eye — noun a small metal hook and loop used to fasten a garment …   English new terms dictionary

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