safety catch


noun

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
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safety catch


noun

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