hook and eye

noun

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

First Known Use of hook and eye

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hook and eye was circa 1626

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