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

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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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The first known use of hook and eye was circa 1626

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to make a temporary encampment

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