- a slender U-shaped piece of wire, shell, etc., used by women to fasten up the hair or hold a headdress.
- (of a road, curve in a road, etc.) sharply curved back, as in a U shape: a hairpin turn.
Origin of hairpin
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Examples from the Web for hairpin
Carrey sings: "You're a big, big man with a little bitty gland, so you need something bigger with a hairpin trigger.""Hee-Haw": Jim Carrey Mocks Gun Lovers & Charlton Heston In Spoof
March 25, 2013
“I never unplug,” says Edith Zimmerman, editor of The Hairpin.Seven Things to Do on National Day of Unplugging
March 1, 2013
"You're losing a hairpin on the left side of your head," was all I said.The La Chance Mine Mystery
Susan Carleton Jones
A hairpin will not remove it; therefore let us call it immovable.The Four Million
I believe I can pick it off little by little with a hairpin or a pair of scissors or something.The Dude Wrangler
And you picked the lock with a hairpin, and came here all alone to flirt with my Jack!Oh! Susannah!
She tried to pierce my eyes with that hairpin that you saw just now.Original Short Stories, Volume 7 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
- a thin double-pronged pin used by women to fasten the hair
- (modifier) (esp of a bend in a road) curving very sharply
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Word Origin and History for hairpin
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