safety catch

  1. a device used in mechanisms, as for elevators, to prevent falling in the event of mechanical failure.

Origin of safety catch

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby safety catch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use safety catch in a sentence

  • 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.

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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