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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For heavier, fruit-bearing varieties, Smith Trimble suggests adding a cattle panel with hook and eye screws to an existing fence to provide additional support. Lauren Wellbank, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023 Ideal for larger chests, this bralette from Cosabella is designed with wide straps and a hook and eye closure back to provide support. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 30 Jan. 2023 Featuring a hook and eye closure in the back and wireless cups, this bra had the comfortable feel of a bralette with the support of an underwire bra. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 30 Jan. 2023 The back doesn't have a hook and eye closure to create a completely smooth look, but testers did find it a bit difficult to get on and off. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 20 Oct. 2022 The flirty bustier style tucked into a pair of coordinating drawstring parachute pants featured hook and eye closures running down the bodice as well as structured boning. Abby Dupes, Seventeen, 20 Oct. 2022 While there is no belt, there is a hidden hook and eye closure, plus pockets. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 15 Sep. 2022 The underwired balconette bra has a hook and eye closure and adjustable straps to find your perfect fit, no matter your cup size. Jill Schildhouse, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2023 Made from super soft fabric with 360 degree stretch, this shape was designed with a four row hook and eye closure for even more support. Kristina Rutkowski, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hook and eye was circa 1626

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“Hook and eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%20and%20eye. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

hook and eye

: a fastener (as for clothing) made up of a small hook that catches over a bar or into a loop
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