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noun

a flat, springlike metal hairpin having the prongs held close together by tension.

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Origin of bobby pin

1935–40, Americanism; perhaps Bobby (proper name), by association with bobbed hair (see bob2), in which such pins are used
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British Dictionary definitions for bobby pin

bobby pin

noun

US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a metal hairpin bent in order to hold the hair in placeBrit terms: hairgrip, kirby grip
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