bobby pin
noun Etymology: perhaps from 4bob Date: 1932 a flat wire hairpin with prongs that press close together

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bobby pin — (n.) 1928, from dim. of BOB (Cf. bob) (2) + PIN (Cf. pin) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bobby pin — bobby pins N COUNT A bobby pin is a small piece of metal or plastic bent back on itself, which someone uses to hold their hair in position. [AM] (in BRIT, use hairgrip) …   English dictionary

  • bobby pin — n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Probably from BOB21] AmE a thin piece of metal bent into a narrow U shape that you use to hold your hair in place British Equivalent: hairgrip …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bobby pin — bobby ,pin noun count AMERICAN a small piece of wire folded over tightly in the middle that women use to hold their hair in place …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bobby pin — ☆ bobby pin n. [from use with bobbed hair] a small metal hairpin with the sides pressing close together …   English World dictionary

  • Bobby pin — A bobby pin (or kirby grip) is a type of hairpin. In British English it is known as a hair grip . It is a small pin or clip, usually of metal, used in coiffure to hold hair in place. Typical bobby pins are plain and unobtrusively colored, but… …   Wikipedia

  • bobby pin — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms bobby pin : singular bobby pin plural bobby pins mainly American a hair grip …   English dictionary

  • bobby pin — noun a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place (Freq. 1) in Britain they call a bobby pin a grip • Syn: ↑hairgrip, ↑grip • Hypernyms: ↑hairpin …   Useful english dictionary

  • bobby pin — a flat, springlike metal hairpin having the prongs held close together by tension. [1935 40, Amer.; perh. BOBBY (proper name), by assoc. with bobbed hair (see BOB2), in which such pins are used] * * * …   Universalium

  • bobby pin — type of hair pin …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bobby pin — bob′by pin n. clo a flat, springlike metal hairpin having the prongs held close together by tension • Etymology: 1935–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

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