safety-pin

[ seyf-tee-pin ]
/ ˈseɪf tiˌpɪn /
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verb (used with object), safe·ty-pinned, safe·ty-pin·ning.

to secure or affix with a safety pin: to safety-pin a child's mittens to his coat sleeve.

Origin of safety-pin

First recorded in 1915–20

Definition for safety-pin (2 of 2)

safety pin


noun

a pin bent back on itself to form a spring, with a guard to cover the point.

Origin of safety pin

First recorded in 1855–60
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British Dictionary definitions for safety-pin

safety pin


noun

a spring wire clasp with a covering catch, made so as to shield the point when closed and to prevent accidental unfastening
another word for pin (def. 9)
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Word Origin and History for safety-pin

safety-pin


n.

1857, from safety + pin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper