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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. 2017.
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  • The safety catch consists of a stick of wood, A, notched at one end, and is pivoted at B on a small bolt.

  • He leaned out of the open window and slipped back the safety catch.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • She snapped the safety catch on the little bomb, then hurled it squarely at the giant opalescent globe looming close beside her.

  • He set the safety catch on the little bomb and slipped it into his pocket.

  • So I slipped down the safety catch on my automatic and stood ready to save Moze or myself.

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

    Private Peat Harold R. Peat
  • I felt the now familiar atmosphere of danger and so opened my holster and threw over the safety catch of my revolver.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • The safety catch of the Beretta clicked a period to his words.

    The Mercenaries Henry Beam Piper
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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