hook and eye
- a two-piece clothes fastener, usually of metal, consisting of a hook that catches onto a loop or bar.
- 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 engages as it bridges a gap, as one between a door and a jamb or a gate and a gatepost.
- Also called eyehook. the two-piece portion of such a device consisting of a hook and a screw eye.
Origin of hook and eye
First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for hook and eye
A clasp of leather and a European hook-and-eye fastened the edges.The Fugitives
Some there may be who regard pictures as implements of idolatry, while the Hook-and-Eye Baptists look upon buttons as immoral.
Fed upon French rolls and lobster salad and apricot tarts, and give her a lady's maid to hook-and-eye her gown for her!Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles
Mrs. Henry Wood
It is fastened together by a hook-and-eye arrangement, exactly like those used on ladies' dresses.
hook and eye
- a fastening for clothes consisting of a small hook hooked onto a small metal or thread loop
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