safety pin
noun Date: 1847 a pin in the form of a clasp with a guard covering its point when fastened

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Safety pin — Safety chain Safety chain (a) (Railroads) A normally slack chain for preventing excessive movement between a truck and a car body in sluing. (b) An auxiliary watch chain, secured to the clothes, usually out of sight, to prevent stealing of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • safety pin — safety pins N COUNT A safety pin is a bent metal pin used for fastening things together. The point of the pin has a cover so that when the pin is closed it cannot hurt anyone. ...trousers which were held together with safety pins …   English dictionary

  • safety pin — n a metal pin for fastening things together. The point of the pin fits into a cover so that it cannot hurt you …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • safety pin — safety ,pin noun count a curved pin with a cover that the sharp point goes into when it is fastened …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • safety pin — ► NOUN ▪ a pin with a point that is bent back to the head and is held in a guard when closed …   English terms dictionary

  • safety pin — n. a pin bent back on itself so as to form a spring, and having the point covered and held with a guard …   English World dictionary

  • Safety pin — A safety pin. A safety pin is a simple fastening device, a variation of the regular pin which includes a simple spring mechanism and a clasp. The clasp serves two purposes: to form a closed loop thereby properly fastening the pin to whatever it… …   Wikipedia

  • safety pin — noun a pin in the form of a clasp; has a guard so the point of the pin will not stick the user • Hypernyms: ↑pin * * * noun, pl ⋯ pins [count] : a metal pin that is used for attaching things and that has a point at one end and a cover at the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • safety-pin — /sayf tee pin /, v.t., 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] * * * …   Universalium

  • safety-pin — /sayf tee pin /, v.t., 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] …   Useful english dictionary

  • safety pin — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms safety pin : singular safety pin plural safety pins a curved pin with a cover that the sharp point goes into when it is fastened …   English dictionary

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