safety catch

noun

: a device in an elevator or hoisting appliance to ensure safety from falling in case the mechanism fails to operate properly

Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of safety catch was in 1952

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“Safety catch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safety%20catch. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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