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safety catch

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He leaned out of the open window and slipped back the safety catch.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • Dixon got out his blaster and released the safety catch thoughtfully.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • He set the safety catch on the little bomb and slipped it into his pocket.

  • We have a cartridge in our magazine, but we have the safety catch on.

    Private Peat

    Harold R. Peat
  • The safety catch of the Beretta clicked a period to his words.

    The Mercenaries

    Henry Beam Piper
  • Once more my custodian's lean hand caressed the grip of his pistol, and his thumb slipped down the safety catch.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • At the same time he pushed forward the safety catch and threw the heavy rifle to his shoulder.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • "I'm done for now," thought Nelson as he threw off the Winchester's safety catch.

  • He called out, "Grant, I don't quite get this safety catch and bolt; would you mind showing it to me again?"

    S.O.S. Stand to! Reginald Grant
British Dictionary definitions for safety catch

safety catch

a device to prevent the accidental operation of a mechanism, e.g. in a firearm or lift
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