a device used in mechanisms, as for elevators, to prevent falling in the event of mechanical failure.
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How to use safety catch in a sentence
No, recess appointments are a vital safety-catch to allow government to function.Obama Will Lose Recess Appointment Case, but Will Other Presidents Lose Their Power? | Andrew Cohen | January 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was surprised: after all, the safety catch, he assured us, was on.Remembering Dmitri Nabokov, the Novelist’s Son and Literary Executor | Brian Boyd | May 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
So I slipped down the safety catch on my automatic and stood ready to save Moze or myself.Tales of lonely trails | Zane Grey
When it is necessary to descend, a pull on the trip-rope releases a safety-catch and the saddle goes down.Careers of Danger and Daring | Cleveland Moffett
You slip back the safety catch and press this button, taking aim as one did with the pistol.
The doctor turned with a howl of rage, snatched up the pistol which lay on the table, and thumbed down the safety-catch.The Green Rust | Edgar Wallace
We heard a click as the safety catch on the man's rifle lock was thrown off and the weapon made ready to discharge."And they thought we wouldn't fight" | Floyd Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for safety catch
a device to prevent the accidental operation of a mechanism, e.g. in a firearm or lift
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