- a device used in mechanisms, as for elevators, to prevent falling in the event of mechanical failure.
- safety(def 4).
Origin of safety catch
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for safety catch
Have Tillie come in and pin it on you with the safety-catch.Just Around the Corner
He had quite forgotten it—the safety-catch was out of order.The Wolves of God
In the corner of the bridge he crouched down, his thumb on the safety-catch.Sanders of the River
Then without a word Hubbard took it up, glanced at the safety-catch and slid back the breach.A Case in Camera
When it is necessary to descend, a pull on the trip-rope releases a safety-catch and the saddle goes down.Careers of Danger and Daring
- a device to prevent the accidental operation of a mechanism, e.g. in a firearm or lift
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