bobby pin


Definition of bobby pin

: a flat wire hairpin with prongs that press close together

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Throw a pocket-size hairspray, bobby pins, and a fine-tooth comb into a pouch for your maid of honor, bridesmaid, or sister to have on hand. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Avoid the 10 Biggest Hair Mistakes Brides Make," 13 Dec. 2018 Repeat with the second and third sections, then secure any loose pieces with bobby pins. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "17 Genius Curly Hair Tips and Tricks," 1 Dec. 2017 Secure with three or four bobby pins, and mist on medium-hold hairspray to keep flyaways in check. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 One-Minute Ways to Get Gorgeous," 1 Nov. 2010 Take a toothpick or bobby pin and scrape around gently inside their charging ports and headphone jacks. David Pierce, WSJ, "33 Mostly Free Ways to Fix Your Family’s Tech Problems," 23 Dec. 2018 Mistake #8: Trying to put all your hair in the bobby pin. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "8 Mistakes You're Making with Bobby Pins," 26 Aug. 2015 Here's how to copy her simple updo: Make sure to have 5-10 bobby pins on hand. Redbook, "The Perfect Hairstyle for Those Multiple-Snooze-Button Mornings," 8 Apr. 2014 Natalia Vodianova took her tots for an invigorating countryside ride, her blonde wisps peeking out from beneath a roseate headscarf, while elsewhere, Fernanda Ly kept her pale pink hair sleek with an assemblage of bobby pins and a cool burgundy lip. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner Has a Marilyn Moment (and More!)," 2 Dec. 2018 Then, take the second bobby pin and bend it at the fulcrum to make one long, straight piece. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Open a Locked Door Without the Key," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bobby pin

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bobby pin

perhaps from bob entry 4

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The first known use of bobby pin was in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of bobby pin

US : a thin piece of metal that is bent so that the ends are close together and that is used for holding hair in place

bobby pin

bob·​by pin | \ ˈbä-bē-\

Kids Definition of bobby pin

: a flat metal hairpin with the two ends pressed close together

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