[ poo sh-pin ]
/ ˈpʊʃˌpɪn /


a short pin having a spool-shaped head of plastic, glass, or metal, used for affixing material to a bulletin board, wall, or the like.
an early children's game.
Archaic. child's play; triviality.

Origin of pushpin

1580–90, for an earlier sense; push + pin
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Examples from the Web for pushpin

  • Do you mean to say that you really agree with Bentham that, quantity of pleasure being equal, pushpin is as good as poetry?

  • I play at pushpin with Homer every morning before breakfast, fingering and polishing, as Paris did his armour.

British Dictionary definitions for pushpin

/ (ˈpʊʃˌpɪn) /


US and Canadian a pin with a small ball-shaped head
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