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 His father had the next day installed a small lock, a hook and eye, on the inside of his bedroom door, at a level where James could reach it. Sarah Braunstei, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 The bra is constructed with steel boning and underwire, and closes at center back with hook and eye tape. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 3 June 2021 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, 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, 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 19 Jan. 2022.

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