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bobby pin

a flat, springlike metal hairpin having the prongs held close together by tension.
Origin of bobby pin
1935-40, Americanism; perhaps Bobby (proper name), by association with bobbed hair (see bob2), in which such pins are used Unabridged
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bobby pin

(US & Canadian, Austral & NZ) a metal hairpin bent in order to hold the hair in place Brit terms hairgrip, kirby grip
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Word Origin and History for bobby pin

1928, from diminutive of bob (n.2) + pin (n.).

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