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[seyf-tee-pin] /ˈseɪf tiˌpɪn/
verb (used with object), safety-pinned, safety-pinning.
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

safety pin

a pin bent back on itself to form a spring, with a guard to cover the point.
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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

    Julia Augusta Schwartz
  • The safety-pin is an object which may well occupy our attention for a moment.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • Of the brooch and its connection with the safety-pin we have already spoken.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • Now to divide for the neck: K 34, and slip these st on to a safety-pin.

  • I was sorry to notice that my clumsiness with the safety-pin hurt her.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • I trust her feeling ill may not be from that unlucky prick of the safety-pin.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • The cord is tied to the safety-pin, and the jerk releases the pin.

British Dictionary definitions for safety-pin

safety pin

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 (sense 9)
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Word Origin and History for safety-pin

1857, from safety + pin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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