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

First recorded in 1855–60

Other definitions for safety pin (2 of 2)

safety-pin
[ seyf-tee-pin ]
/ ˈseɪf tiˌpɪn /

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
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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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