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safety catch

  1. a device used in mechanisms, as for elevators, to prevent falling in the event of mechanical failure.
  2. safety(def 4).
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Origin of safety catch

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for safety catch

Historical Examples of safety catch

  • Have Tillie come in and pin it on you with the safety-catch.

    Just Around the Corner

    Fannie Hurst

  • He had quite forgotten it—the safety-catch was out of order.

    The Wolves of God

    Algernon Blackwood

  • In the corner of the bridge he crouched down, his thumb on the safety-catch.

  • Then without a word Hubbard took it up, glanced at the safety-catch and slid back the breach.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions

  • When it is necessary to descend, a pull on the trip-rope releases a safety-catch and the saddle goes down.

British Dictionary definitions for safety catch

safety catch

  1. a device to prevent the accidental operation of a mechanism, e.g. in a firearm or lift
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