hook and eye


Definition of hook and eye

: a 2-part fastening device (as on a garment or a door) consisting of a metal hook that catches over a bar or into a loop

Examples of hook and eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hatch opening is large and provides easy access for loading or unloading bulky cargo, and a number of useful hooks and eyes will keep your cargo restrained. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Volvo XC40 is Swedish style in a smaller, more affordable package," 16 Dec. 2019 Wildlife experts glue the hooks and eyes of the clasps to opposite sides of a fracture, then wind a zip tie around the clasps to make sure the shells stay in place. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Your Old Bra Clasps Can Save Injured Turtles," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of hook and eye

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

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“Hook and eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%20and%20eye. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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