- to secure or affix with a safety pin: to safety-pin a child's mittens to his coat sleeve.
Origin of safety-pin
First recorded in 1915–20
- a pin bent back on itself to form a spring, with a guard to cover the point.
Origin of safety pin
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for safety-pin
It was a massive hit, and the safety-pin dress a brilliant cartoonish cherry on top of it.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress
December 12, 2014
He fastens his collar with a safety-pin, humming an old song the while.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
Or, if it didn't, where was that safety-pin that was on her dressing-table yesterday?Somehow Good
William de Morgan
Maybe he would be wearing an old coat pinned with a safety-pin.Beatrice Leigh at College</p>
Julia Augusta Schwartz
The safety-pin is an object which may well occupy our attention for a moment.
Of the brooch and its connection with the safety-pin we have already spoken.
- a spring wire clasp with a covering catch, made so as to shield the point when closed and to prevent accidental unfastening
- another word for pin (def. 9)
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Word Origin and History for safety-pin
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